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New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has confirmed that batsman Neil Broom and all-rounder James Neesham have been axed from the squad for the upcoming ODI series against India.
Both Broom and Neesham failed to have an impact at the Champions Trophy in England in June, where the Black Caps failed to get past the group stage of the tournament.
Broom ended the tournament with 61 runs in three matches at an average of 20.33, while Neesham scored 47 runs at an average of 15.66 and failed to take a single wicket.
“It will be disappointing for James and Neil, but we’ve talked through the areas that we’d like to see them work on and if we see development, they’ll certainly both come into the reckoning come the home summer,” Hesson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Neil was really effective for us batting at three or four last season, but we have quality, established batsmen in those positions and we’d like to see Neil develop his game further to show he has the skills to bat at five.”
Hesson pointed out that Neesham has to become more consistent in all departments and added that if he dominates on the domestic circuit, he will more than likely return to the national team.
“Jimmy needs go back and really dominate domestic cricket with both bat and ball,” he said. “We know Jimmy is a talented player, but we’ve spoken with him around improving the consistency in all areas of his game.”
New Zealand have only named nine players for the ODI series against India thus far, but Hesson revealed that the six remaining spots will be made up of players from the New Zealand A squad, who are currently in India.
“The nine we’ve picked have made up the core of our ODI team for a while and all of them have experience playing in India,” Hesson said. “With a number of our top guys already playing in India, it’s helpful to be able to select the squad in two parts. With six spots left, there’s an obvious incentive for the players in New Zealand A to perform and put their best foot forward.”
New Zealand’s limited overs tour of India will consist of three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals. The ODI series will get underway on October 22 in Mumbai, while the Twenty20 series will begin on November 1 in Delhi.