Palmerston North fast bowler Adam Milne is hoping a spot on the New Zealand Cricket contract list will translate to more game time.
The 22-year-old is one of six new players on the 20-man list along with Canterbury paceman Matt Henry, spinners Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi, allrounder Jimmy Neesham and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.
Milne forced his way into a regular spot in the limited overs team at the end of last summer, but was hit by a side strain during the one-day series against India in January.
"I knew I was in with a little bit of a chance playing those games at the end of last season," the Central Districts speedster said.
"But obviously being injured I never really knew.
"I just have to get on the park and I've got to prove that I'm worthy of a contract and to play for New Zealand."
Milne wasn't sure what the selectors' plans were for him and what formats he would play, but said it would be an important season with the World Cup in New Zealand next year.
He hoped to get back to the form that saw him bowling 150km-plus thunderbolts to the touring Indians.
Milne, who has played seven one-day internationals and six Twenty20 internationals, has recovered from the side strain, but was getting minor elbow surgery tomorrow to clean up a niggle he picked up in training.
He was originally in the New Zealand A squad to tour England later this month, but the elbow injury ruled him out.
New Zealand selector Bruce Edgar said Milne and Henry performed well in limited-overs matches last summer, so if they were managed, the pair had a big future in all forms of the game.
Opening batsman Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford missed out on contracts, while the two openers on the list are Tom Latham and Martin Guptill.
The others to drop off are spinner Bruce Martin, allrounder Grant Elliott, batsman Dean Brownlie and seamer Doug Bracewell who will all go high on their major associations' contract lists to be announced on July 25.
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