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Broom keen to finally make NZ cricket mark

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/12/2016

Black Caps batsman Neil Broom knows his remaining time with the one-day side may be short.

So, unlike in the past, he's going to make sure he has no regrets.

The 33-year-old made his first ODI appearance for New Zealand since March 2010 on Boxing Day, notching 22 with the bat as his side defeated Bangladesh by 77 runs.

Believing his international career to be over, the 33-year-old packed his bags and went to play UK county cricket for Derbyshire last year.

But some solid form for Otago in 2016 has helped the right-hander earn a spot back in the ODI side, with a window to a maiden Test selection later in the campaign.

Broom told reporters there were a few butterflies before his Black Caps return, but fewer than in his 2009 debut.

"I wasn't as nervous as the first time I played all those years ago, I'm a bit older now and looking at each game as my last," Broom said.

"It felt really good to pull the black shirt on again, pretty special.

"I never thought it'd happen again."

Broom said his side entered their three-game ODI series against the Tigers full of confidence despite a disappointing Chappell-Hadlee campaign.

And after winning their first match at a canter, they hoped to go on and earn themselves a series clean sweep.

They'll take on the Bangladeshis in their final two ODIs in batter-friendly Nelson on Thursday and Saturday.

"When we come up against a team like Bangladesh, we take a lot of confidence into the game," Broom said.

"We'll come out a lot stronger."

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