Bennett recalled after injury rules out Milne

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 11:35 21/01/2014
Hamish Bennett
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RECALLED: Hamish Bennett has been recalled to the New Zealand team after Adam Milne was ruled out for six weeks.

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Canterbury paceman Hamish Bennett has been recalled to the New Zealand team after Adam Milne was ruled out for six weeks with a torn abdominal muscle.

Milne was diagnosed with the injury after undergoing an MRI scan yesterday. The 21-year-old fast bowler left the field midway through his eighth over in New Zealand's 24-run win over India in the ODI series opener on Sunday.

New Zealand team physiotherapist Paul Close said the injury had a rehabilitation period of about six weeks, meaning Milne could potentially be back for the Twenty20 World Cup in March. He will see a specialist in Auckland today for further assessment.

Bennett's recall caps a remarkable comeback after his underwent major back surgery in early 2012 and contemplated retirement.

He played one test and 12 ODIs for New Zealand, the last of those at the 2011 Word Cup against Sri Lanka at Mumbai.

The 26-year-old with the bustling, distinctive front-on action, has caused domestic batsmen plenty of problems this summer and took 16 wickets in his past three first-class matches for Canterbury in December.

He is scheduled to join the New Zealand team for today's training, ahead of tomorrow's second ODI in Hamilton.

Rain is falling in Hamilton and the forecast is patchy for game two.

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