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Broom here to stay as Black Caps No.5

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/01/2017

Neil Broom has secured the Black Caps' No.5 ODI berth with lock and key after the unlikeliest of returns to the international arena.

Having not played an ODI for New Zealand in six-and-a-half years, the 33-year-old Cantabrian made his comeback in the side's Boxing Day match against Bangladesh.

He has since notched a maiden ODI century and a 97, as well as an innings-saving 73 off 75 balls in Monday's first Chappell-Hadlee ODI win over Australia.

Broom, returning to the fold after missing two Twenty-20 matches with a broken finger, provided support as all-rounder Jimmy Neesham hit a quick-fire 48.

He then unleashed to notch 73 himself and prevent a middle-order collapse as the Kiwis completed their 50 overs at 286-9.

An extraordinary Marcus Stoinis century later brought Australia within six runs of their trans-Tasman foes before the 27-year-old was stranded on 146.

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said the experienced right-hander had firmly lodged himself in the side's first-choice XI.

A maiden Test call-up may also be on the horizon.

"He's shown since he's come back the experience we like, he's calm and I thought we saw another example of that yesterday," Hesson said.

"We can play five frontline batsmen, which we perhaps haven't been able to do in recent times, so that certainly helps."

Broom, for his part, told reporters on Monday that Stoinis' spectacular innings, hitting nine fours and 11 sixes, roused more than a few nerves.

But he was pleased by his ability to handle an aggressive Australian bowling attack despite feeling off his best.

"I've been out of the game for a while so I was a little bit scratchy, rusty, hit the net yesterday and batted terribly," the Otago player said.

"To go out there and not really hit it as well as I'd like to but to sort of get the job done, to get 70-odd, was pleasing."

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