Veteran seam bowler Kyle Mills will captain New Zealand for the first time in its one day and Twenty20 cricket series in Sri Lanka later this month. The 34-year-old Mills was named to lead New Zealand for the first time in a career of 154 one-day internationals in the absence of Brendon McCullum and Kyle Williamson. McCullum has returned from New Zealand's current tour to Bangladesh to prepare for test matches against the West Indies in December, while Williamson quit the tour with a broken thumb.
Top-order batsman Rob Nicol has been named to replace Williamson while Andrew Ellis replaces Ian Butler who has a back injury. New Zealand will play three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals in Sri Lanka from Nov. 10.