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Neesham set to shift down NZ batting order

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016
Jimmy Neesham © Getty Images Jimmy Neesham

Jimmy Neesham is happy to put the team first as he contemplates a shift down the New Zealand batting order for the looming one-day international series against Bangladesh.

The Otago allrounder did a sterling job when batting at No.4 during his two appearances in the series loss to Australia this month, scoring 34 and 74.

Yet he is likely to drop to five or lower following the international recall of his domestic teammate Neil Broom, who is touted to bat at four in the order.

Neesham, 26, was pleased to return fire at his critics, who believed Colin Munro should have filled the injured Ross Taylor's top-order role. Munro batted at five in Australia.

"There is always going to be your detractors in the media and to see a couple of comments from people that I have played with in the past wasn't all that pleasing," he said.

"You go out there every game and do your best for the team and I proved to myself and a few others that I could do that role.

"The challenge is now to carry that form forward and do the same thing against Bangladesh."

Neesham is also keen to keep his role bowling at the death for the Black Caps despite being smashed by the Australian batsmen.

"That series with the ball didn't go how I wanted it to go, so that's something I want to look at coming into the next series.

"I will always put my hand up for that role.

"All you can do is bowl the best ball you can and what happens at the other end will happen so I'll keep working on that and it's certainly a string I want to have in my bow."

The three-match ODI series opens in Christchurch on Boxing Day.

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