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Chance for Anderson and Milne: Coach Larsen

DTNext 2019-02-10 00:00:00

Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen says the World Cup selection door remains open for injury-plagued duo Corey Anderson and Adam Milne.

Corey Anderson Hamilton: Frontliners at the last World Cup, in 2015, the pair has virtually spent more time off the park than on it since, dealing with a plethora of ailments, with their last ODIs coming back in 2017.
That seemingly now has them longshots to feature at this year’s global showpiece in England and Wales, starting May 30, having both missed selection for New Zealand’s final ODI series before the tournament, against Bangladesh this month.
But with both now back in action at domestic level, and being proven international performers, Larsen insists there is still time for Anderson and Milne to press their claims, even if it’s not in 50-over cricket.
“They’re proven international cricketers and both are classy players,” he said. “It’s been really disappointing to watch both of them go through a frustrating period with their injuries. It’s been really pleasing to see them both back on the park. We’re monitoring them closely.
“I think a really big point here is, there’s been a lot of chat and hype around the World Cup squad, it’s actually still two months before we officially have to name this squad. So there’s still a bit of water to flow under the bridge.”
The World Cup squads don’t officially have to be named until April 23, and Larsen and Black Caps coach Gary Stead — his fellow selector — are still deciding when to ink New Zealand’s 15 names in. Fast bowler Milne returned to action on Saturday for the Central Stags in the final round of the Super Smash Twenty20 competition, having been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the Black Caps’ T20I against Pakistan in the UAE on November 2. The 26-year-old’s side also have one or two playoff games to come, then there’s the final four rounds of the Plunket Shield, finishing on March 20.
All-rounder Anderson, 28, went home from the tour to the UAE with a heel injury, then had a bout of shingles. On Saturday night he was suiting up for his eighth match of the T20 season for the Knights, which is also playoff-bound.
He then has the Plunket Shield — having done a U-turn on his early-season declaration of white-ball focus — although is also slated to play in the Pakistan Super League T20 competition, which runs from February 14 - March 17.