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Black Caps' win tops off century for Broom

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/12/2016
Neil Broom hit an unbeaten 109 against Bangladesh in Nelson on Thursday as New Zealand took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. © Getty Images Neil Broom hit an unbeaten 109 against Bangladesh in Nelson on Thursday as New Zealand took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Neil Broom knew he had to make a statement, but says he didn't feel any nerves before scoring his maiden one-day international century for New Zealand.

The 33-year-old hit an unbeaten 109 against Bangladesh in Nelson on Thursday as New Zealand took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Recalled this month to the Black Caps' ODI squad after an absence of six years, Broom only managed 22 in game one in Christchurch.

He admits there was plenty on the line when he walked out at Saxton Oval.

"I've got to come in here and perform, but I wasn't nervous at all," Broom said.

"I was just looking to be natural and clear the mind, and play the way I want to play."

While it was a good feeling to score a ton, Broom said winning the game and wrapping up the series with a match to spare was even better.

"If I was sitting here with a hundred and we had lost and were going into the next game as a must-win, it would have been a different feeling," he said.

Broom batted at No.4, a different role than he had in his earlier stint with the Black Caps, when he came in lower down the order to exploit the power play.

"To have a bit more time to establish a innings is good and I'm glad I kept on it," he said.

The final match of the series is at the same venue on Saturday.

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