16 Dec 2016

New Broom for Black Caps

1:11 pm on 16 December 2016

It's a re-newed Broom for the Black Caps.

Almost seven years since playing his last one day game for New Zealand, Otago batsman Neil Broom has been recalled to the side for the three match series against Bangladesh starting in Christchurch on Boxing Day.

Broom has given up the second year of a contract with English county Derbyshire to resurrect his international career.

Neil Broom is back in the Black Caps one day side after a six year absence.

Neil Broom is back in the Black Caps one day side after a six year absence. Photo: Photosport

He said he was very nervous seven years ago when he played the last of his 22 one day internationals.

"Obviously I feel a wee bit nervous now but when I did make my debut I was probably too nervous. It was all I wanted to do back at that stage, was to play for New Zealand, but I'm 33 now and played a bit of cricket and I've got a family and some kids and it doesn't feel like the be all and end all so hopefully I won't feel as much pressure this time," he said.

"It's just a game of cricket isn't it? And I won't be putting too much pressure on myself and will just treat it like a game for Otago."

"With 12 years of domestic cricket under his belt and having previously spent time in the BLACKCAPS squad, Neil brings a lot of experience to the group," said Larsen.

"Neil was the top run-scorer in the Ford Trophy competition last year, with an average of 84.66. He has an impressive strike-rate and obviously fills the number four role with Ross (Taylor) out injured."

Wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi has been re-called to the Black Caps one day cricket side for the series against Bangladesh.

Ronchi was dropped for the recent Chappell Hadlee series against Australia after poor form in India but has been scoring runs for Wellington.

Dropped from the Chappell-Hadlee squad though are test keeper BJ Watling and batsman Henry Nicholls and leg spinner Todd Astle.

Selector Gavin Larsen said "it's been pleasing to see Luke scoring runs for Wellington again and he returns as one one of the most experienced members of the squad. At this stage we see him as the best ODI gloveman in the country and the leadership he brings to the group is also immensely valuable."

Luke Ronchi

Luke Ronchi Photo: Photosport

Larsen conceded the team was in a rebuilding stage.

"There's six players in this side from the squad of 15 who featured for us in the world cup last year, so it's important we give the new players the opportunity to feel comfortable on the international stage.

"That takes time. You can't replace 900 ODI caps and the leadership that comes with that experience overnight, but it's an exciting new group and we're learning a lot with each match that is played.

"Although the side is rebuilding it's very important that we do see improvements during the home summer."

The one day squad for the series against Bangladesh:

Kane Williamson (c)

Trent Boult

Neil Broom

Lockie Ferguson

Colin de Grandhomme

Martin Guptill

Matt Henry

Tom Latham

Colin Munro

James Neesham

Luke Ronchi

Mitchell Santner

Tim Southee