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Henry match hardened for Black Caps' tour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/07/2016
Matt Henry © Getty Images Matt Henry

Fresh from a spell in English county cricket, paceman Matt Henry feels match hardened for the Black Caps' tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Henry joined the New Zealand camp in Pretoria after a successful half-season with Worcestershire, signing off with match figures of 8-88 in a 311-run win over Northamptonshire.

He says getting constant cricket on the county circuit allowed him to keep learning and developing his game in different conditions.

"You can't really replicate actually playing the game, bowling in a match," he said.

"It's all well training, but it's good being able to play a lot of cricket, get those overs under the belt."

Henry finished with 27 first-class wickets in Worcestershire's promotion bid from division two and he left satisfied with how things had gone.

"I felt like I did a job," he said.

"Towards the end, I started getting the hang of it, just the difference in field settings and stuff like that with the wickets a bit low and slow."

The 24-year-old Cantabrian also impressed with the bat, averaging 45 in the red-ball format.

Henry, who has a half-century against Australia among his four Test appearances, said Black Caps batting coach Craig McMillan always impressed on the lower order the importance of working on their batting.

"You don't get many tails around any more," Henry said.

"Most teams bat down to 11 whether you can hold up an end or you can clear the ropes. I do enjoy batting so it was nice to get some time in the middle and put some runs on the board."

New Zealand are due to play a three-day match against Zimbabwe A at Harare beginning on Friday, before the first Test in Bulawayo starting on July 28.

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