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Mills gets place ahead of Franklin in Champions Trophy team

Kyle Mills headed off the challenge from James Franklin for the only really contentious spot in the New Zealand team for the ICC Champions Trophy in England next month.

Mills, who was injured in the third Test of the tour of England, has passed a fitness test, along with Chris Cairns and Daryl Tuffey.

Coach John Bracewell said: “Kyle Mills retains his position in the squad despite a strong challenge from James Franklin who had come into the Black Caps’ ODI squad in England after Mills was injured just before the start of the tournament.

“Mills has served the Black Caps well during his ODI career to date and offers just a little bit more flexibility than Franklin as regards the roles he plays as part of the bowling unit,†Bracewell said.

The squad is:

Stephen Fleming (Captain)
Nathan Astle
Ian Butler
Chris Cairns
Chris Harris
Hamish Marshall
Brendan McCullum
Craig McMillan
Kyle Mills
Jacob Oram
Michael Papps
Scott Styris
Daryl Tuffey
Daniel Vettori

“The squad contains no real surprises. These players have performed well during the past nine months. The nucleus of this squad plays well as a team and has the class required to continue winning at this level,†Bracewell said.

New Zealand, who enjoy a No 2 ranking in the world one-day rankings, have left no stone unturned in their preparation for the tournament which has a vital game against Australia as a possible impediment to its advance to the semi-finals.

“We are positive about going into the championship as the number two ODI side in the world but understand that we have a tough task ahead if we are to beat the number one ranked side, Australia, in our second match.â€

“We have organised a good build up for the tournament and should be well prepared for the tournament matches,†Bracewell said.

The Black Caps leave for England on August 29 and will be based at Taunton in Somerset until September 5, where they will play one-day matches against Somerset and a Somerset/Gloucestershire combined XI. The Black Caps will then play Sri Lanka on September 8 in a further warm-up match.

The Black Caps play the USA in their opening pool match on September 10 and then have a further warm up match against Surrey on September 13 before meeting Australia in the crunch game on September 16 at The Oval.

The Black Caps itinerary for the Champions Trophy build up and tourament is.-

September 2004

Thurs 02 Practice match v Somerset Taunton, Somerset

Sat 04 Practice match v Somerset/ Gloucestershire XI Taunton, Somerset

Wed 08 ICC practice match v Sri Lanka Shenley Cricket Club,

Fri 10 Pool match v USA The Oval, London

Mon 13 Practice match v Surrey Shenley Cricket Club,

Thu 16 Pool match v Australia The Oval, London

Tue 21 Semi final Edgbaston, Birmingham

Sat 25 Final The Oval, London

There are reserve days for all official ICC Champions Trophy matches.
They just dont learn Mills is useless

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