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Broom and Ronchi recalled by Black Caps

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/12/2016
Neil Broom in action for Canterbury. © Rob Jefferies/Getty Images Neil Broom in action for Canterbury.

Otago batsman Neil Broom has been handed an international lifeline, six years after he last played one-day cricket for New Zealand.

The 33-year-old is included in the 13-man squad for a three-match ODI series against Bangladesh which begins on Boxing Day in Christchurch.

The two remaining games are in Nelson, followed by three T20s and two Tests.

Coach Mike Hesson has resisted significant change from the side humbled 3-0 by Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series this month.

Luke Ronchi is recalled as wicketkeeper in place of Test gloveman BJ Watling, who failed to fire when handed an ODI chance in Australia.

In-and-out batsman Henry Nicholls is dropped, along with legspinner Todd Astle, who was never given a game across the Tasman.

Broom's recall follows some sound domestic form, particularly last summer when he was the leading run-scorer in the one-day championship.

He has foregone the second year of a county contract with Derbyshire to make himself available for the Black Caps and push for a place in the team to contest the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom in June.

"At the end of the day I couldn't pass up the opportunity to represent New Zealand and am excited about the opportunity to play international cricket again. It's the ultimate," Broom said.

Broom largely struggled in 22 ODIs in 2009-10, scoring 333 runs at 17.52 and at a modest strike rate.

His output from 10 T20 internationals has also been modest, including in a one-off appearance on the tour of Sri Lanka in 2013.

Selector Gavin Larsen says Broom will be considered primarily as an option at No.4 in place of Ross Taylor, who is recovering from eye surgery.

The other option there is allrounder Jimmy Neesham, who batted well in both innings when promoted to No.4 against Australia.

Watling's selection in Australia led to speculation the selectors had moved on from veteran gloveman Ronchi. Larsen suggested the 35-year-old simply needed to recover some batting form, which he had done in the last week at domestic level.

"At this stage we see Luke as the best ODI gloveman in the country and the leadership he brings to the group is also immensely valuable."

The selectors resisted the chance to recall allrounder Corey Anderson or pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, who have both been sidelined with injury. Rook pace bowler Lockie Ferguson is retained, along with Matt Henry, even though both were expensive against Australia.

"It's important we give the new players the opportunity to feel comfortable on the international stage," Larsen said.

"Although the side is rebuilding it's very important that we do see improvements during the home summer."

Black Caps ODI squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Neil Broom, Jimmy Neesham, Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.

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