Kyle Mills

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Kyle Mills
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Personal information
Full nameKyle David Mills
Born (1979-03-15) 15 March 1979 (age 40)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  227)10 June 2004 v  England
Last Test18 March 2009 v  India
ODI debut(cap  123)15 April 2001 v  Pakistan
Last ODI31 January 2015 v  Pakistan
ODI shirt no.37
T20I debut(cap  7)17 February 2005 v  Australia
Last T20I5 December 2014 v  Pakistan
Domestic team information
1998/99–2014/15 Auckland
2001 Lincolnshire
2012 Uthura Rudras
2013 Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Runs scored2891,0471372,166
Batting average 11.5615.6211.4126.09
Top score575433* 117*
Balls bowled2,9028,23089712,350
Wickets 4424043204
Bowling average 33.0227.0228.5529.81
5 wickets in innings 0105
10 wickets in match0n/an/a2
Best bowling4/165/253/265/33
Catches/stumpings 4/–42/–8/–27/–
Source: CricInfo, 31 January 2015

Kyle David Mills (born 15 March 1979) is a former New Zealand international cricketer and also a former captain of the New Zealand cricket team in limited overs matches. Mills played top-class cricket between 1998 and 2015 as a bowler.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.


Early life and education

Born in Auckland in 1979, [1] Mills is of Ngāi Tahu descent. [2] He was educated at Murvale (now Macleans) Primary School, Bucklands Beach Intermediate and Macleans College.

Auckland Metropolitan area in North Island, New Zealand

Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. The most populous urban area in the country, Auckland has an urban population of around 1,628,900. It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900. Auckland is a diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. A Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki Makaurau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.

Ngāi Tahu Māori iwi (tribe) in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Macleans College is a co-educational state secondary school located in Bucklands Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. The school is named after the Scottish MacLean family who lived and farmed the land of the school and surrounding reserves, and the school emblem contains the castle from their family crest along with six waves which symbolise the seaside location of the school. Metro placed Macleans College as the number one Auckland high school in 2010 among those in the Cambridge International Examinations system. In 2014, Macleans College ranked 2nd nationally in the Cambridge International Examinations.

Domestic career

Mills played domestically for Auckland. He played in the Sri Lanka Premier League for Uthura Rudras in 2012 and in English county cricket for Middlesex in 2013.

Auckland cricket team Cricket team in New Zealand

The Auckland Aces represent the Auckland region and are one of six New Zealand domestic first class cricket teams. Governed by the Auckland Cricket Association they are the most successful side having won 28 Plunket Shield titles, ten Ford Trophy championships and the Super Smash four times. The side currently play their home games at Eden Park Outer Oval.

Sri Lanka Premier League Professional Cricket League

The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) was a Twenty20 cricket competition in Sri Lanka. It was intended to be the premier Twenty20 league in the country, held by Sri Lanka Cricket, replaced the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 competition.

Uthura Rudras

The Uthura Rudras was a franchise cricket team that took part in Sri Lanka Premier League, representing Northern Province. Rudra Sports Private Limited purchased the team for $3.4 million in 2012. They was owned for seven years, after which a new agreement may be negotiated.

Mills announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 1 April 2015. [3] [4]

International career

Having been injured in Australia in February 2007, Mills was forced to withdraw from the 2007 World Cup. After an operation on a patella tendon and a winter of rehabilitation, he worked his way back to fitness to take part in New Zealand's tour of South Africa in November/December 2007.

Patella bone of the leg

The patella, also known as the kneecap, is a flat, circular-triangular bone which articulates with the femur and covers and protects the anterior articular surface of the knee joint. The patella is found in many tetrapods, such as mice, cats and birds, but not in whales, or most reptiles.

New Zealand cricket team toured South Africa from 25 October to 2 December 2007 and played two Test matches, three ODI matches and one T20I match.

Called into the Test side, Mills was forced to withdraw from the second and final Test due to a stomach bug. Coming fresh into the three match one day series, Mills was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers in all three matches, taking career best figures of 5/25 in the series opener. Despite New Zealand losing the series 2–1, Mills was named Man of the Series.

Test cricket The longest form of cricket

Test cricket is the form of the sport of cricket with the longest match duration, and is considered the game's highest standard. Test matches are played between national representative teams that have been granted ‘Test status’, as determined and conferred by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The term Test stems from the fact that the long, gruelling matches are mentally and physically testing. Two teams of 11 players each play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days. It is generally considered the most complete examination of a team's endurance and ability.

Due in part of the absence of Shane Bond, who signed to play in the Indian Cricket League, and Mills' continued good form, he maintained his place in the ODI side, playing during New Zealand's 2009 ICC World Twenty20 campaign, reaching the final of the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, which they lost to Australia in South Africa. [5]

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  2. Harriman, Rewa (28 March 2015). "Strong Ngāi Tahu connection in Black Caps team". Māori Television News. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  3. "New Zealand's Kyle Mills retires from all forms of cricket". New Zealand Herald. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
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  5. Australia v New Zealand, 2009 Champions Trophy Scorecard Archived 9 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine , Cricket World, Retrieved 11 November 2009