Kyle Mills lambasts New Zealand grounds – Cricket News Update
New Zealand pace bowler, Kyle Mills on Tuesday spoke against the grounds in New Zealand, which he said were small, with flat pitches and made a batsmen’s paradise, and unfair to the bowlers.
"I'm a bowler so I'm going to be a little bit biased. I think the wickets are too flat and the boundaries need to go out further," said Mills speaking to a New Zealand daily today. "The bats are all pretty good these days and a mis-hit can go for six,” he
Mills scathing remarks have come ahead of New Zealand’s second One Day International against the visiting South African’s that is to be played at the McLean Park, Napier. The square boundaries at the venue are way too short – hardly 50 meters long.
The 32-year-old right-arm medium pacer from Auckland singled out Seddon Park, Hamilton for criticism.
"I think Hamilton is ridiculous,” said a scathing Mills speaking to media ahead of the second one-dayer against Proteas.
“ The ropes are 4m in from the [advertising] boards; that's absurd. Richard Levi probably would have got out three or four times if the rope was back on the boards," he added further.
Richard Levi, the 24-year-old South African opener, scored the fastest T20 international century off just 45 balls in the second T20 of the three-match series at Hamilton, last week. The rookie opener, playing only his second T20 match, returned unbeaten
at 117 off 51 balls, as the tourists cruised to a comfortable 8 wicket win. Levi’s whirlwind knock was laced with a record 13 sixes, most by a batsman in an international innings.
But Mills is not ready to give all the credit to the young batsman but rather held the short boundaries responsible for the pugnacious knock. Mills did not spare his home ground, Eden Park at Auckland, as he called the straight boundaries there “absurd”.
South Africa currently leads the three-match ODI series 1-0. The ODI series will be followed by three Tests. Proteas have already won the three-match T20 series by a 2-1 margin.