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Franklin and Bennett get elevated contracts

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 8, 2011

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Hamish Bennett took three wickets on his international return, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, January 22, 2011
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Allrounder James Frankin and fast bowler Hamish Bennett have both earned elevated contracts from New Zealand Cricket after regular appearances in the national team.

Franklin, 30, has three half-centuries in one-dayers in his past six innings, and also took three wickets with his medium-pace in the consolation victory over Pakistan on Saturday. In a squad filled with allrounders, Franklin has cemented a starting place edging ahead of the likes of Grant Elliott.

Bennett, 23, impressed the team management with his pace and was picked in every match of the six-ODI series against Pakistan, in which he was the highest wicket-taker, finishing with 11 at 20.90.

Players who have not received central contracts from NZC get an elevated contract after they play a specified number of matches for the national team. The new contracts of Franklin and Bennett, both part of New Zealand's 15-man squad for the World Cup, will run till the end of July.

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