SHARJAH - Pace bowler Kyle Mills will take no further part in New Zealand's one-day series against Pakistan after injuring his groin in training, the team said Saturday. "Mills will return home from the tour of the United Arab Emirates, after suffering a right groin strain during practice on Thursday," New Zealand Cricket said in a statement.
The 34-year-old sustained the injury while bowling in the nets ahead of the second one-day international against Pakistan at Sharjah. A timeline for Mills ' return to action is not yet known but he will fly home to New Zealand for further assessment and treatment, the statement said. No decision has yet been made on a replacement for the injured player.
Mills featured in the second Twenty20 against Pakistan and took 3-26 as New Zealand levelled the two-match series at 1-1. He then managed just one wicket for 54 runs in the tourists' defeat in the first one-day international in Dubai on Monday.
Pakistan and New Zealand are currently locked at 1-1 in the five-match one-day series. Pakistan won the first match by three wickets, while New Zealand clinched the second by four wickets in Sharjah on Friday. Mills now faces a race against time to regain full fitness for New Zealand's two-Test home series against Sri Lanka starting in Christchurch on Boxing Day. The teams will also play seven one-day internationals as part of the tour.