Mumbai, March 17: New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and Kiwi fast bowler Kyle Mills, both recovering from injuries, will not be risked for Friday's game against Sri Lanka. There presence will be sorely missed as it is an important match which is incidentally, the Kiwis finally group game, and the result will determine if New Zealand stay at the top of the table.
"At this stage we are looking at having Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori for the quarter-finals. Their injuries are coming along nicely but they are probably not ready for this match," Ross Taylor, New Zealand's stand-in captain, said.
Vettori hurt his knee while attempting a catch in the win against Pakistan last week while Mills strained his left quadricep in the match against Canada last Sunday. Both players were present at the team's training at the Wankhede stadium, but didn't do much other than a few stretches.
As a precautionary step, New Zealand have called Dary Tuffey as a cover for Mills. "With Kyle Mills suffering from a quad strain we felt it was important to cover our bases," New Zealand selector Mark Greatbatch said.
Giving an indication as to who the back-ups will be, Taylor said the choice for a replacement for Mills would be between a specialist bowler or an allrounder. "Luke Woodcock comes into the 12. I will have to see as far as balance of the side goes whether we go in with an extra bowler or an extra allrounder." Hamish Bennett, who sat out the Canada match, could also be considered.