Cricket: Blackcaps speedster Adam Milne offered NZ Cricket contract after five years' absence

Blackcaps fast-bowler Adam Milne has been offered a fulltime NZ Cricket contract, after the most successful international season of his career.

Milne, 31, debuted for New Zealand in 2010, but has seen his career plagued by injury that has hampered his ability to fulfill his potential.

Last summer, he appeared in 16 white-ball internationals, taking 24 wickets, including a career-best 5/24 against Sri Lanka - the third-best T20 figures by a Kiwi bowler.

Blackcaps celebrate Adam Milne's wicket against Pakistan
Blackcaps celebrate Adam Milne's wicket against Pakistan. Photo credit: Getty Images

"Adam's worked exceptionally hard and has shown good resilience over the past few years to be in a position to earn this contract offer," said Blackcaps coach Gary Stead. "He's always been a top-class bowler, and we were impressed by his consistent contributions in the recent home summer and tour of Pakistan."

Milne's inclusion comes at the cost of spin-bowler Ajaz Patel, who appeared in just two tests last season.

Finn Allen, Mark Chapman and Blair Tickner have been retained on the contract list, after taking up mid-season offers to replace Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme and Martin Guptill. 

Speedster Boult has again declined a contract, but will likely be retained on a casual agreement that would make him available for the one-day World Cup later this year.

Players offers contracts for 2023/24:

Finn Allen, Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young

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