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August 8, 2014

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Michael Guptill-Bunce cuts behind square, Auckland v Central Districts, Plunket Shield, Auckland, January 30, 2013
Michael Guptill-Bunce has an Auckland contract for 2014-15 © Getty Images

New Zealand's six domestic teams have finalised their 15-man squads for next summer, with no player movements of note following the first round of contracts last month. Auckland added two players to their contract list and the other teams added one, and every case featured a promotion of a player from within their own system rather than recruiting from another side.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Michael Guptill-Bunce was added to Auckland's list having last played for them in February 2013, and he will be joined by fast bowler Warren Barnes. Opening batsman Dean Robinson earned a reprieve from Central Districts, having his contract renewed after being left off the initial list announced in July.

Offspinner Cole McConchie was handed a contract with Canterbury after playing two one-day games for them late last season, while pace bowler Tony Goodin has rounded out the Northern Districts list, two years after playing his only game for them.

Wellington gave a contract to Matt Taylor, who appeared in five Ford Trophy matches for them last summer, and Otago's final contract went to pace bowler Sam Blakely, who has played two one-day games for Otago over the past two seasons.

Auckland Warren Barnes, Dean Bartlett, Michael Bates, Brad Cachopa, Carl Cachopa, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Donovan Grobbelaar, Michael Guptill-Bunce, Anaru Kitchen, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Robert O'Donnell, Matt Quinn, Jeet Raval.

Canterbury Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Neil Broom, Brendon Diamanti, Andrew Ellis, Cam Fletcher, Peter Fulton, Roneel Hira, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Johnston, Cole McConchie, Ryan McCone, Henry Nicholls, Ed Nuttall, Logan van Beek.

Central Districts Doug Bracewell, Greg Hay, Jamie How, Marty Kain, Andrew Mathieson, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance, Dean Robinson, Bevan Small, Ben Smith, Kruger van Wyk, Ben Wheeler, George Worker, Will Young.

Northern Districts Graeme Aldridge, James Baker, Jono Boult, Dean Brownlie, Joseph Carter, Anton Devcich, Daniel Flynn, Tony Goodin, Jono Hickey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Bharat Popli, Mitchell Santner, Anurag Verma, Brad Wilson.

Otago Nick Beard, Sam Blakely, Michael Bracewell, Derek de Boorder, Jacob Duffy, Ryan Duffy, Tipene Friday, James McMillan, Aaron Redmond, Iain Robertson, Brad Rodden, Hamish Rutherford Jesse Ryder, Bradley Scott, Sam Wells.

Wellington Brent Arnel, Tom Blundell, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Mark Gillespie, Dane Hutchinson, Andy McKay, Stephen Murdoch, Michael Papps, Jeetan Patel, Michael Pollard, Matt Taylor, Ili Tugaga, Henry Walsh, Luke Woodcock.

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Posted by choppa13 on (August 8, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

Jeet raval could be an option or the cachopa brother that plays for c.d(I think he bats at 3 though) I would like to see brownlie do well for n.d and get the nod but I got a feeling they'll go back to guptill. I like the idea of having an aggressive partner with Latham But someone that has the technique to mix aggression with caution so I wouldn't mind Jesse as an option either. Cheers

Posted by android_user on (August 8, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

Dean Brownlie has moved to ND to try his hand at opening. I say good on him, from what I habeas seen of him he seemed to have the technique against the bouncing and seaming ball. The NZ coaching staff should have him opening for NZA atm instead of at three. Other than that, I would try going back to Guptil in tests - he can't be worse than what we have had and has a bit more experience now.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (August 8, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

@ abhijeetkumar928 your right, ryder is a class above all other contenders but im not sure mccullum, hesson and co want him back disrupting a pretty tight unit, i'd have him opening but im not sure they will, they have a pretty good thing going without him. @ goat_man, not sure about pollard, just thought he was a bit of a dasher but i guess no more than ryder or guptill, does he open in the four day stuff? im not much of a stats man but they are good numbers so maybe.

Posted by ak928 on (August 8, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

jesse ryder has to be the man opening for nz.......he is far better than all other contender for that opening people would argue that he bats middle order in tests.....but he should open as middle order is stable with taylor,willamson,mccullum and watling......alongside neesham and ryder should open

Posted by goat_man on (August 8, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

@kiwicricketnut Michael Pollard had a decent Plunket shield last run, 492 runs at 61 from 6 games with 2 hundreds (6th highest run scorer for the season), not sure he's got the technical chops for test cricket but hope something can come of that. But I do agree, nothing jumps off the page unfortunately when everything else is looking dangerously good.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (August 8, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

so we are still looking for an opener to partner latham, yet not to many jump off the page on the lists above, canterbury dont even have two openers themselves, most of the others are veterans that i can't see the selectors going back too. there are some promising top order batsman though who might get a crack at an openers spot, robert odonnell, joeseph carter and micheal bracewell all look like good players with i guess bracewell having the front running otherwise i guess it back to guptill to see if he's improved or flynn who also never forfilled his potential, otherwise the cupboard is pretty bare.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

ND and Otago look the strongest to me

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