Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
New Zealand batsman Dean Brownlie is set to move from Canterbury to Northern Districts in an attempt to open the batting for the national team.
Brownlie has been a middle order batsman in all the 14 Tests he has played for New Zealand.
“I’ve been seeking an opportunity to open the batting and am very much looking forward to this new challenge at ND,” Brownlie said. “They had a great season last year. I am hopeful I can be a big contributor to help ensure we are challenging for titles in all three forms again. The Knights have a large pool of talent and combined with strong leadership, it’s a great time to be part of the Association.”
Brownlie represented Canterbury in 35 first-class matches since February 2010 and scored 2,635 runs at a brilliant average of 46.22. However, none of the runs he scored came at the top of the order.
“This hasn’t just happened, opening has been something I’ve been thinking of for about 18 months, ” Brownlie had told Fairfax Media earlier. “I want to play for New Zealand and it looks like the Black Caps have positions three, four and five pretty well sewn up and I still think I have a lot to offer. It’s not just the opening thing, though.
“I’ve spoken to a few people I trust and we worked out one of the things that I was missing was a home base. I’ve got a place in the Mount and that should be more stable for me.”
Brownlie will join up with his Northern Districts teammates after touring England and Scotland in July and August with the New Zealand A team.
Northern Districts head coach James Pamment was pleased to welcome Brownlie aboard, and said: “We are delighted to welcome Dean Brownlie to the Knights and the ND family. He’s a player of international quality, and his hard-working approach and desire to reclaim his place in the Black Caps fits very well with our philosophies. He will be a very good addition to our squad.”