Rutherford and Fulton axed from list of centrally contracted players

Both Rutherford and Fulton have had a very rough year

Both Rutherford and Fulton have had a very rough year

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New Zealand’s opening duo of Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton have both been axed from the country’s list of centrally contracted players for the 2014-15 season.

Rutherford only managed to score 322 runs at an average of 21.46 last season, while Fulton made 270 runs at an average of 19.28.

Pace bowler Doug Bracewell, all-rounder Grant Elliott, spinner Bruce Martin and batsman Dean Brownlie have all lost their central contracts as well.

Spinners Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi both earned central contracts, along with pace bowlers Matt Henry and Adam Milne. Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi and all-rounder James Neesham also received central contracts.

“We’ve had a very strong summer followed by the Test series victory in the West Indies where a number of younger players put their hands up for consideration,” New Zealand’s general manager of national selection, Bruce Edgar, said. “Two of those integral to the series win in the West Indies were spinners Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig. While we accept that Mark and Ish are by no means the finished product, they are promising bowlers that we want to invest time in.

“Adam and Matt are two exciting young bowlers that if we manage well have got a big future in all forms of the game. Jimmy and Luke are both consistent members of our shorter-form teams and they’ve recently been selected in our Test squad as well.”

List of centrally contracted players: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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