Milne earns Black Caps recall
New Zealand unveil 15-man Twenty20 World Cup squad
Last Updated: 15/08/12 7:51am
Adam Milne: Surprise recall ahead of Twenty20 World Cup
Teenage pace bowler Adam Milne has earned a surprise recall to the New Zealand squad to compete at the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
Milne, 18, played two Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand against Pakistan back in 2010, but has since been unable to reclaim a national team place in any format.
Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has also been named in the 15-man squad, but all-rounders Tom Latham and Andy Ellis, and batsman Dean Brownlie - who played in New Zealand's most-recent Twenty20 series against the West Indies - have been overlooked.
Vettori will share the spin duties with young off-spinner Roneel Hira, while Milne joins a pace contingent which includes Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell and Kyle Mills.
New Zealand will warm-up for the Twenty20 World Cup with two T20 internationals against India in the sub-continent on September 8 and 11.
National selection manager Kim Littlejohn believes the squad "has a good balance for Twenty20 cricket with explosive batsmen and a good mix of pace and spin bowlers."
"Adam Milne has impressed during his time with the winter development squad and his extra pace offers something a little different," Littlejohn said.
"We are confident he will have an impact in international cricket and will seize this opportunity.
"The squad also welcomes back James Franklin, who has been playing Twenty20 cricket for Essex in the county competition."
New Zealand squad:
Ross Taylor (capt), Doug Bracewell, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, BJ. Watling, Kane Williamson.