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.