New Zealand news July 8, 2013

New Zealand shake up contract list

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New Zealand's contract list has undergone a significant shake-up for 2013-14, with eight changes from last year's group. Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Colin Munro and Hamish Rutherford have all been contracted for the first time, while Peter Fulton and Grant Elliott have returned to the list after missing out for the past couple of seasons.

James Franklin, Daniel Flynn, Andrew Ellis, Tarun Nathula, Rob Nicol and Kruger van Wyk have all missed out from last year's group of contracted players, along with Jacob Oram, who was replaced during the year by Neil Wagner. Also gone from the list are the newly-retired Chris Martin and the veteran Daniel Vettori, who turned down a contract due to uncertainty over his recovery from surgery on his Achilles tendon.

There was no room for Andrew Ellis, Luke Ronchi, Adam Milne, Ian Butler or Jeetan Patel. Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said the 20 players who received deals were those most likely to feature for the team over the next 12 months, which includes tours of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies, along with home series against India and West Indies.

"There's still a strong core of experienced players who have been a part of the team's progression over recent months," Hesson said. "Some of the younger players such as Corey Anderson and Hamish Rutherford have also demanded a spot, after making strong starts to their international careers.

"As always, some difficult decisions had to be made and a number of last year's contracted players will be disappointed to have missed out. However, there's nothing to say that they can't force their way back into the team in the future through strong domestic performances."

Contracted players Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Grant Elliott, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

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  • bobbo2 on July 8, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Looks great to me. A bit sad to see Franklin go but it is only fair given he hasn't performed. I always thought he could have been a good player for NZ but his tour of England was very poor. I think Elliot should get the spot given he always seems to chip in with the bat.

    Would love to see Ryder come back. I still think he is the most naturally gifted player in NZ.

    But a good squad and the great thing is there are so many young talents coming through in Williamson, Rutherford, Anderson, Latham, Watling and the bowlers.

    Thought Ronchi might get a contract, but he needs to makes some runs first.

  • kiwicricketnut on July 9, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @ Gagg, i got to disagree mate, i dont think 2 or 3 years of our first class cricket will do sohdi any good, all our best players like vettori, mccullum, cairns etc were exposed to international cricket young and learned their cricket at the school of hard knocks, sure they were found out but grew into great players because of it, im almost certain they wouldn't have been as good picking up bad habits in first class cricket. the tour to bangladesh would be a great steping stone for a guy like sohdi, there a exceptions to any rule, richardson springs to mind but for the most part our best players need to learn their trade at international level if they're going to be any good

  • kensohatter on July 9, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    NZ are going to suprise a few teams over the coming years... Boult, Bracewell and Southee are dangerous and Kane Williamson is a great prospect. I really think they are capable of an ODI world cup win.

  • zn264 on July 9, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    @venkatesh018 Correct me if I'm wroing but I think they get paid between 180-70K NZD. Which isn't very much when you think about it. Baz would be hitting the 180 mark, along with Rosco not far behind. Then I think you would see the 17-20th ranked players around the 70k mark. Still; getting paid anything to do what you love is pretty awesome! NZC shouldn't be about the money...that's what the IPL's for.

  • StevieS on July 8, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Kitten, you don't follow domestic cricket? Sodhi is Ish Sodhi a young leg spinner, give him another 2-3 years of domestic cricket before we start to talk about him playing internationals though , that's even if he is good enough at FC cricket.

  • vsssarma on July 8, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Mitchell McClenaghan is the new Shane Bond. But NZL will miss Jacob Oram.

  • CricketChat on July 8, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Elliot, Brownlie and Watling can consider themselves lucky to be contracted. Otherwise, the selectors did a fair job given the limited new talent of international class coming from domestic cricket. Sad to see Vettori missing first time the list for as long as one can remember. I guess NZ should move on and invest in other upcoming spinners.

  • kitten on July 8, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    @The-Stoat ' though I'm looking forward to seeing how some of the new ones like Mitchell and Sodhi do.'

    Who is Sodhi? If you mean Southee, he is not a new hand....has been playing for quite some time. In any case, this is a good team, and I am sure with time they will gel, and become quite a force to reckon with in the future. The bowling can compete with the best in the pace department, it's the batting that is a worry, and hopefully, some of the new guys will step up. Go NZ Go.

  • venkatesh018 on July 8, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Btw, How much do these Contracted players get per annum?

  • on July 8, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    When I look at that current NZ team I think it is pretty good... Nice and young; I think the next 2-3 years could be good for New Zealand!

  • bobbo2 on July 8, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Looks great to me. A bit sad to see Franklin go but it is only fair given he hasn't performed. I always thought he could have been a good player for NZ but his tour of England was very poor. I think Elliot should get the spot given he always seems to chip in with the bat.

    Would love to see Ryder come back. I still think he is the most naturally gifted player in NZ.

    But a good squad and the great thing is there are so many young talents coming through in Williamson, Rutherford, Anderson, Latham, Watling and the bowlers.

    Thought Ronchi might get a contract, but he needs to makes some runs first.

  • kiwicricketnut on July 9, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @ Gagg, i got to disagree mate, i dont think 2 or 3 years of our first class cricket will do sohdi any good, all our best players like vettori, mccullum, cairns etc were exposed to international cricket young and learned their cricket at the school of hard knocks, sure they were found out but grew into great players because of it, im almost certain they wouldn't have been as good picking up bad habits in first class cricket. the tour to bangladesh would be a great steping stone for a guy like sohdi, there a exceptions to any rule, richardson springs to mind but for the most part our best players need to learn their trade at international level if they're going to be any good

  • kensohatter on July 9, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    NZ are going to suprise a few teams over the coming years... Boult, Bracewell and Southee are dangerous and Kane Williamson is a great prospect. I really think they are capable of an ODI world cup win.

  • zn264 on July 9, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    @venkatesh018 Correct me if I'm wroing but I think they get paid between 180-70K NZD. Which isn't very much when you think about it. Baz would be hitting the 180 mark, along with Rosco not far behind. Then I think you would see the 17-20th ranked players around the 70k mark. Still; getting paid anything to do what you love is pretty awesome! NZC shouldn't be about the money...that's what the IPL's for.

  • StevieS on July 8, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Kitten, you don't follow domestic cricket? Sodhi is Ish Sodhi a young leg spinner, give him another 2-3 years of domestic cricket before we start to talk about him playing internationals though , that's even if he is good enough at FC cricket.

  • vsssarma on July 8, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Mitchell McClenaghan is the new Shane Bond. But NZL will miss Jacob Oram.

  • CricketChat on July 8, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Elliot, Brownlie and Watling can consider themselves lucky to be contracted. Otherwise, the selectors did a fair job given the limited new talent of international class coming from domestic cricket. Sad to see Vettori missing first time the list for as long as one can remember. I guess NZ should move on and invest in other upcoming spinners.

  • kitten on July 8, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    @The-Stoat ' though I'm looking forward to seeing how some of the new ones like Mitchell and Sodhi do.'

    Who is Sodhi? If you mean Southee, he is not a new hand....has been playing for quite some time. In any case, this is a good team, and I am sure with time they will gel, and become quite a force to reckon with in the future. The bowling can compete with the best in the pace department, it's the batting that is a worry, and hopefully, some of the new guys will step up. Go NZ Go.

  • venkatesh018 on July 8, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Btw, How much do these Contracted players get per annum?

  • on July 8, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    When I look at that current NZ team I think it is pretty good... Nice and young; I think the next 2-3 years could be good for New Zealand!

  • Baundele on July 8, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    As long as both Mike Hesson and Ross Taylor are on, I am happy. The drama will continue. However, I was wondering what went wrong with Rob Nicol. Is he injured? He used to earn me big points in my fantasy teams.

  • kiwicricketnut on July 8, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    good list, the guys who missed out cant complain, they were the dead wood and had to go, i think bruce martin is the lucky one, i know they need to contract a test spinner but i think ish sohdi will get more game time than martin in the next year, not that you could give sohdi a contract. our batting always looks shallow i hope a guy like latham will step up this year and do what the likes of flynn couldn't and become a classy international batter because we need a couple more of those. bowling looks ok but if the likes of milne and henry havn't got contracts by next year then nz cricket has failed them in their development because they are too good to fall off the radar.

  • seanL on July 8, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    where is ryder? is he ok with accident or is he still recovering?

  • on July 8, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    where is tarun nethula, he is missing

  • The-Stoat on July 8, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Anderson, Brownlie and Elliott are on the lucky side, though not unexpectedly so. Ronchi maybe unlucky given his domestic form, and Matt Henry is unlucky given he surely will get international game time in the coming year. Looking at the emerging players/NZA tour line up it's tricky to see who else would push their way in... though I'm looking forward to seeing how some of the new ones like Mitchell and Sodhi do.

  • RobTay14 on July 8, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Good list, no real surprises, except Munro getting lucky with his placement. He is yet to do anything at international level, where as Franklin, although hasn't performed much lately, has still been doing more than Munro. Ryder, yet again, disappointing the public with his (self) omission.

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Adam Milne what has gone wrong with this lad?

  • midastouch17 on July 8, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    definitely not tom latham in that photo. good squad, but the depth here is poor for batting particular. not many players knocking on the door except ryder and he isn't ready. bowling stocks look healthy though

  • on July 8, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I'm pretty sure that photo is BJ Watling not Tom Latham.....

    @Snowbadger: Latham has plenty of development left in him. Sure, he may not make it as an international cricketer, but he has potential.

    @Rolfaredo: I agree that T20 should be domestic only, (with a world cup every 4 years). The 20 players are ranked by NZC using a formula weighted towards test cricket - For example Fulton will be reasonably well ranked considering he only plays one form of the game.

  • Kiwi-Jake on July 8, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Call it a shakeup if you must but there's no real surprises in this list. Grant Elliott and Dean Brownlie can count themselves lucky and will need a massive 2013/14 to prove their worth. Despite not being contracted, I would like to see guys like Matt Henry get a look in within the ODI and T20 sides at least.

    @512fm The thing I noticed with Astle in Sri Lanka was that he bowled REALLY slow, even for a leggie, so he may be having some technical issues with his bowling that he needs to iron out to continue playing for NZ. On the dry turning pitches of SL when you had Southee turning on the heat at the other end the pace may've been acceptable but he'd be absolute cannon-fodder back home.

  • dalboy12 on July 8, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    @Rolfardeo I agree but maybe the limited contract for T20 players etc is shown in the rankings. As I understand the 20 players are ranked, which then in turn reflects their income. So hopefully, the test players are higher up the rankings than t20. I can't see who else they could've picked - if NZ are going to get any success then we need the batsman in this list to really stand up.

  • 512fm on July 8, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    For the first time in a while I don't really have any complaints about the contract list, I think they have got it pretty much spot on. The only ones I would be slightly hesitant with are Martin and Elliott. What has happened to Todd Astle btw?

  • Snowbadger15 on July 8, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    An excellent list, glad franklin didn't make it and especially pleased with andersons contract though I don't see the fuss with Latham. He has tried and failed.

  • Rolfardeo on July 8, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Any player that does not play test cricket should not be eligible for a contract - or at least they should get a severely reduced contract, which would reflect the level of importance of limited overs cricket. Its time that NZC sorted out the priorities once and for all. Enough with putting the emphasis on limited overs cricket. ODIs sure - as long as they are limited to meaning full matches - none of these tours for ODIs only at the expense of tests. t20 cricket, however, is rubbish and international cricket would benefit if it were scrapped - at the very least it should be restricted to the domestic scene only. If tests do not take precedence then cricket as we know and love it will die.

  • Rolfardeo on July 8, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Any player that does not play test cricket should not be eligible for a contract - or at least they should get a severely reduced contract, which would reflect the level of importance of limited overs cricket. Its time that NZC sorted out the priorities once and for all. Enough with putting the emphasis on limited overs cricket. ODIs sure - as long as they are limited to meaning full matches - none of these tours for ODIs only at the expense of tests. t20 cricket, however, is rubbish and international cricket would benefit if it were scrapped - at the very least it should be restricted to the domestic scene only. If tests do not take precedence then cricket as we know and love it will die.

  • Snowbadger15 on July 8, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    An excellent list, glad franklin didn't make it and especially pleased with andersons contract though I don't see the fuss with Latham. He has tried and failed.

  • 512fm on July 8, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    For the first time in a while I don't really have any complaints about the contract list, I think they have got it pretty much spot on. The only ones I would be slightly hesitant with are Martin and Elliott. What has happened to Todd Astle btw?

  • dalboy12 on July 8, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    @Rolfardeo I agree but maybe the limited contract for T20 players etc is shown in the rankings. As I understand the 20 players are ranked, which then in turn reflects their income. So hopefully, the test players are higher up the rankings than t20. I can't see who else they could've picked - if NZ are going to get any success then we need the batsman in this list to really stand up.

  • Kiwi-Jake on July 8, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Call it a shakeup if you must but there's no real surprises in this list. Grant Elliott and Dean Brownlie can count themselves lucky and will need a massive 2013/14 to prove their worth. Despite not being contracted, I would like to see guys like Matt Henry get a look in within the ODI and T20 sides at least.

    @512fm The thing I noticed with Astle in Sri Lanka was that he bowled REALLY slow, even for a leggie, so he may be having some technical issues with his bowling that he needs to iron out to continue playing for NZ. On the dry turning pitches of SL when you had Southee turning on the heat at the other end the pace may've been acceptable but he'd be absolute cannon-fodder back home.

  • on July 8, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I'm pretty sure that photo is BJ Watling not Tom Latham.....

    @Snowbadger: Latham has plenty of development left in him. Sure, he may not make it as an international cricketer, but he has potential.

    @Rolfaredo: I agree that T20 should be domestic only, (with a world cup every 4 years). The 20 players are ranked by NZC using a formula weighted towards test cricket - For example Fulton will be reasonably well ranked considering he only plays one form of the game.

  • midastouch17 on July 8, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    definitely not tom latham in that photo. good squad, but the depth here is poor for batting particular. not many players knocking on the door except ryder and he isn't ready. bowling stocks look healthy though

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Adam Milne what has gone wrong with this lad?

  • RobTay14 on July 8, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Good list, no real surprises, except Munro getting lucky with his placement. He is yet to do anything at international level, where as Franklin, although hasn't performed much lately, has still been doing more than Munro. Ryder, yet again, disappointing the public with his (self) omission.

  • The-Stoat on July 8, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Anderson, Brownlie and Elliott are on the lucky side, though not unexpectedly so. Ronchi maybe unlucky given his domestic form, and Matt Henry is unlucky given he surely will get international game time in the coming year. Looking at the emerging players/NZA tour line up it's tricky to see who else would push their way in... though I'm looking forward to seeing how some of the new ones like Mitchell and Sodhi do.