31 Jan 2011

Will Mills get a decent shot at the World Cup?

7:04 pm on 31 January 2011

Kyle Mills will get another shot at claiming a starting spot in the New Zealand cricketers' World Cup squad, despite chief of selectors Mark Greatbatch hinting that rotation is over.

Seam bowler Mills has been left out of the team picked for tomorrow's fourth one-dayer against Pakistan in Napier, sent back to his domestic side Auckland along with Luke Woodcock and James Franklin.

And Greatbatch says they're close to finalising their starting XI for next month's tournament on the subcontinent.

But skipper Dan Vettori insists Mills should return in at least one of the final two Pakistan games, and the Auckland veteran is a key member of the Black Caps.

Vettori says Mills has always been a top performer and he's the highest wicket-taker and one of the highest runscorers as well on recent tours to the subcontinent.

Vettori says the side who bats best should win at McLean Park so he expects an extra batsman will be picked over a seamer.