'Veteran' Mills eyeing 2015 WC glory at home before retiring

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 09:20 hrs

Veteran New Zealand swing bowler Kyle Mills has said he would like to win the one-day World Cup in 2015 at home before retiring from the international cricket.

After being one of New Zealand's key performers in their three-wicket win over England in the first ODI, Mills said he wants to lead the attack through to the World Cup on home soil, Stuff.co.nz reports.

The 33-year-old arrived in Napier for Wednesday's second ODI with a spring in his step after taking 2-33 off 10 overs as England were dismissed for 258 in Hamilton.

Mills said he was pleased with his miserly performance on a batting-friendly pitch in Hamilton against England.

The Auckland seamer turns 34 next month and while his great mate Jacob Oram has handed in his New Zealand contract, and Daniel Vettori's international return remains on hold due to injuries, Mills is confident of making the big show in two years.

Mills said he is only in his early 30s and when he was growing up he was told you play your best cricket in your early 30s, whereas since he has turned 30 all he gets asked is when he is going to retire.

Mills added retirement is definitely on the radar, adding he would be 35 by the time that finishes and nothing would be sweeter than to finish a World Cup at home with a win.

Only Vettori (274) has more ODI wickets than Mills for New Zealand. After Sunday night, his 145th ODI, Mills has 214 scalps at an average of 25.9 and economy rate of 4.7. (ANI)

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