Groin strain forces Kiwi pacer Kyle Mills to return home

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.

Groin strain forces Kiwi pacer Kyle Mills to return home

Dubai: 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. 

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