After contract snub this Kiwi cricketer believes his career is over

Neil Broom accepts his international career is "99 per cent" over and there are "no hard feelings at all" after missing the New Zealand Cricket central contracts list.

The Otago right-hander revelled in giving his second chance with the Black Caps a "good crack". He endured a hiatus of more than six years before getting recalled for the Bangladesh one-day international series between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve 2016.

Broom and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham were the members of last season's 21-player list who failed to get re-signed. They will likely get domestic contracts instead.

Canterbury leg-spinning all-rounder Todd Astle was the only new face in a list which reduced from 21 to 20.

Neesham declined to comment on his situation, other than to say he could understand the decision and would be doing his utmost to recapture form.

Both Neesham and Broom struggled in 2017-18.

Broom averaged under 30 in each format and scored six and two in ODIs against the West Indies during the contracted period.

Neesham averaged in the mid-30s with bat and ball at first-class and List A level, but could not hold his place in Otago's T20 side. He did not play for New Zealand across the season.

At 27, Neesham still has plenty of opportunity to regain his international spot.

At 34, Broom has a tougher job, and has resigned himself to the fact.


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