Mumbai, March 16 (IANS) New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and experienced fast bowler Kyle Mills will miss their World Cup Group A match against Sri Lanka here Friday.
Fast bowler Daryl Tuffey will join the squad Friday as a cover for Mills while left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock is expected to play their last group encounter.
Mills suffered a quad injury against Canada Sunday and missed training here Wednesday.
Vettori, who strained a knee ligament, missed the previous match against Canada as well. During the nets at the Wankhede Stadium, the 34-year-old Vettori came out with a heavily strapped knee and did a throwing drill.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) medical staff said both players are making rapid progress.
‘With Kyle Mills suffering from a quad strain we felt it was important to cover our bases,’ chief selector Mark Greatbatch said Wednesday.
‘The medical team is working hard to get Kyle fit and we are hopeful he will still play a big part in the World Cup so bringing in Daryl is a precaution. Getting Daryl over to India early gives him the best chance of adjusting to the different time zone and conditions should he become part of the official squad,’ he said.
Stand-in-skipper Ross Taylor hoped Vettori and Mills would recover by the quarterfinals. The Black Caps are already through to the knockout stage.
‘At this stage, we are looking at having Mills and Vettori for the quarterfinals. They are probably not ready for this match,’ he said.