A 153khm thunderbolt is the bar New Zealand quick Adam Milne set early in his career and he knows the expectation is to unleash fire every time he bowls.
The Kiwi will make his Big Bash debut for the Sydney Thunder against the Perth Scorchers on Tuesday night in Canberra, recovered from a chronic ankle injury which has kept him out of international cricket since 2018.
Milne, who has played 40 ODIs and 21 T20s for the Black Caps, last rolled his arm over in a match for Kent during the T20 Blast in England.
But having watched Thunder’s opening two games, a win and a loss, he’s ready to unleash his best and given his history knows the expectation is to bowl fast.
“There is a little bit (of expectation) especially when you are a bit young it becomes a bit of your calling card and people want you to bowl fast all the time,”Milne said.
“I am getting used to it sometimes just not being that express pace all the time. I’d love it to be. But there’s always the thrill and excitement of being able to bowl that fast.”
Milne broke through the 150kmh barrier against the West Indies way back in 2014.
It was the fastest delivery recorded by a Kiwi since his mentor, and Thunder coach, Shane Bond, hit 156.4kmh at the 2003 World Cup.
Milne, now 28, said Bond had been and remained a huge influence during a relationship that has extended beyond a decade.
“Shane has been huge for me,” Milne said.
“To grow up watching him and then playing and having him around all the time, someone who knows my game, my skills and what I need to do them my best is massive.”
Pace won’t be in short supply in Canberra with Scorchers quick Jhye Richardson continuing his comeback from dual shoulder injuries.
Richardson, who can also hit the 150kmh mark, has taken three wickets in his two games since recovering from the operations which cost him a spot at last year’s World Cup.
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