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Bad boy Mills limps out of World Cup

March 26, 2011

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New Zealand players, from left to right, Kyle Mills, captain Daniel Vettori, Scott Styris and Tim Southee surround South Africa's Faf du Plessis, second from left, as they celebrate the fall of South Africa's AB de Villiers, not seen. -Photo by AP

NEW DELHI: New Zealand seamer Kyle Mills was ruled out of the World Cup through injury on Saturday, just hours after being heavily fined for an angry bust-up in the quarter-final win over South Africa.

Paceman Andy McKay has been called up as a replacement, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.

Mills strained his left quadricep in the group match against Canada two weeks ago.

McKay, with 19 wickets in 13 one-day internationals, is due to arrive in Sri Lanka on Sunday, two days before New Zealand's semi-final.

New Zealand qualified for the last four with a surprise 49-run win over South Africa in Dhaka on Friday. They will now clash with the winners of the ongoing quarter-final between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo on Tuesday.

Mills and New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori, as well as South Africa's Faf du Plessis, were all slapped with heavy fines for their confrontation during Friday's match in Dhaka.

The fines followed a stormy clash at the end of the 28th over of the South Africa innings when du Plessis and the Kiwis exchanged angry words following the fall of AB de Villiers.

Mills, who was not part of the playing eleven, was on the field at the time, carrying drinks for his team-mates.