New Zealand news June 15, 2011

Broom, Watling part of New Zealand A squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former New Zealand internationals Neil Broom and BJ Watling will get a chance to press for a national recall after they were included in a largely youthful New Zealand A squad for the emerging players tournament in Australia to take place in August.

Watling is the only centrally-contracted player to have been chosen in the group, while Broom will seek to push his claims for a full recall after playing 22 ODIs in 2009 and 2010.

Mark Greatbatch, the caretaker selection manager for New Zealand Cricket, said the squad had been chosen on the basis of a balance between younger players finding their way and older heads who might provide a guiding hand.

"We have taken the opportunity to reward the performance of some more experienced players while providing an opportunity for some young talent who will be important to New Zealand's future," Greatbatch said. "A training camp prior to the EPT will give the players an opportunity to settle into their roles and develop skills at their pace.

"The Emerging Players Tournament is a great way to end the winter programme and provides the players with competitive cricket before they start work with their domestic teams."

The squad will take part in an eight-day training camp in Queensland before joining South African, Indian, and Australian XIs for the tournament, in which each side will play three matches.

New Zealand A Squad: Graeme Aldridge, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Neil Broom, Dean Brownlie, Derek de Boorder, Daniel Flynn, Anaru Kitchen, Bruce Martin, Andy McKay, BJ Watling, Ben Wheeler, Brad Wilson, Luke Woodcock.

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  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Why is Wilson in there? No form this season apart from 2 hundreds. Nicol would be a much better choice. @Matt I think McCullum's partner is Guptil, McIntosh in tests. In tests I'd like to have a wicketkeeper/batsman at 7 and Vettori at 8. Gives our lower order some bite. Just do not bring Hopkins back. In ODIs I'd want Noemha-Barnett or another all-rounder to come in for Oram, Williamson ahead of him for Styris, Nathan McCullum and then Vettori. Then you can have Mils, Southee and Bennett.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    i think our problem in test cricket is a.we dont play enough of it against the top teams and b. we havent settled on a partner 4 mccullum at the top of the order.its time our star batsmen start producing .also vettori at 6.

  • graeme on June 17, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    im more excited about matt henry than some of those other names, hes taking heaps of wickets over in the english premier league and scoring some big runs , id say with him, milne, wheeler, boult and wagner along with southee ,the future is looking really bright in the new zealand bowling ranks , the batsmen are only are year or so away from being more consistant , and i agree to bring in one of the south african keepers in van wyk or de boorder , i think in the batting ranks we have more talent in there than we have ever had ,and these boys will surpass all records set by past batsmen

  • Chris on June 15, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    NZ has some very good bowlers coming thru and as Allan Donald said Tim Southee is close to becoming World Class as he starts to master reverse swing. Add Neil Wagner from April 2012 and Adam Milne is still on the radar with the likes of the steady Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell and NZ have a great bowling attack. Add in Vettori and all his class and the potenial of Todd Astle as a leggy and NZ rise in the longer form will surprise a few. I watched many NZ domestic games last year and was impressed with what I saw. We just need more consistant top order batting and need to seperate the longer form players from the smash and grab of T20 style. I see no reason that NZ cannot become in the top 3 test teams in the world in the next 18mths. Just remember the last world cup...NZ went far further than any thought possible.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Andrew De Boorder, Future of NZ batting line up.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    why no adam milne,george worker,kieran noema barnett? also rob nicol wats he gotta do?.fast bowling future looks awesome southee,dougie bracewell, milne and wen he qualifies neil wagner.bracewell n wagner 2 promising all rounders.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    indianzen- Both of them look to have more promise as fast bowlers than anyone i know of in the indian line up, both can reach 150 regularly. plus southee not international quality? He was one of the top wicket takers at the world cup...also woodcock is struggling to get a place in the top 11 for new zealand... of course he isn't international level...

  • Mark on June 15, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    "Watling is the only centrally contracted player ..." In fact, I believe that Andy McKay also has a central contract. This is a good squad -- good to see Todd Astle, Ben Wheeler and Trent Boult there, all promising young bowlers, and Derek de Boorder as wicketkeeper/batsman after an outstanding season for Otago. Broom and Watling deserve their places, as do Brownlie and Flynn. I believe Wagner becomes eligible for New Zealand in April 2012.

  • James on June 15, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Where is Rob Nicol? He has been one of the form batsmen in domestic cricket over the last couple of seasons!

    Fairly sure Neil Wagner is still not yet qualified to play for NZ.

  • ashok on June 15, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    NZ is lagging in bowling department... Southee/Mills/Tuffey/woodcock are not of the international level... need a person of Shane bond's caliber and talent... Milne and wagner are just ok fellas...

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