Henry to play World Cup semi-final?

1:19 pm on 24 March 2015

There will be at least one change to the Black Caps lineup for today's World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Eden Park.

Matt Henry training with the Black Caps World Cup squad, 2015.

Matt Henry training with the Black Caps World Cup squad, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

With the pace bowler Adam Milne's injury enforced withdrawl from the team, New Zealand will need to promote another bowler from its squad of 15 to the starting lineup.

Mitchell McClenaghan could be given another chance despite an expensive spell against Bangladesh, while the veteran medium pacer Kyle Mills is yet to play a game in the tournament.

Nathan McCullum could also be a starter if selectors want a second front line spinner behind Daniel Vettori.

Canterbury's Matt Henry was brought into the squad on Monday as cover for Milne, and the Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says the fact that Henry has been playing Plunket Shield in recent weeks could give him the edge.

"That's certainly something in his advantage, but we've got plenty of options.

"Once we get to the ground tomorrow we'll look at the wicket again and we'll pick what we deem to be the best squad," he said.

Henry has played eight one-day internationals taking 21 wickets with an economy rate of 4.93.

The bustling strike bowler, who took four wickets on debut against India last year, was rewarded with an IPL contract from Chennai.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum intimated Henry could be a good fit with the strategy New Zealand has employed at the tournament.

"You've seen the way we've operated with Adam in that third seamer role. It doesn't mean we have to roll out the same game plan, but I think it has served us well."

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