James Neesham Dropped from New Zealand Central Contracts List


New Zealand Cricket has announced its central contracts. All-rounder Jimmy Neesham has not found a place in this list of 20 players. At the same time, Michael Bracewell has been included for the first time. Ross Taylor is not named in the contract after a long time as he has recently retired from international cricket, while Ejaz Patel, who took 10 wickets in an innings against India, also made a comeback after a year.

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Jimmy Neeson has not played a Test for New Zealand since 2017, while in the last 12 months this player has got a chance to play 9 T20 matches, during which he also played the T20 World Cup held in the UAE. During this, in 7 innings, his bat scored only 92 runs with a strike rate of 135.29, while taking three wickets with an economy of 8.20.

Neesham played the last ODI against Bangladesh in 2021 where he took 5 wickets, after which he missed the series against Netherlands due to IPL contract.

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However, head coach Gary Stead has said that the doors are not yet closed for Neesham. Neesham is currently a part of Rajasthan Royals in IPL. This team of Sanju Samson had included Neesham in their team for Rs 1.50 crore, although he has got a chance to play only one match so far.

“It doesn’t mean Jimmy Neesham won’t play for New Zealand again. It’s a contracting process, not a selection process,” the coach said.

New Zealand’s Test team will leave for England in a few days for a three-Test series next month. After this, he has to play a limited over series against Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands and West Indies which will run till August.

New Zealand men’s contracts: Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner . Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young.

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