Jimmy Neesham expects to be back in the New Zealand set-up across all the formats
He last played for New Zealand in 2017 Champions Trophy.
Updated - Sep 27, 2018 2:42 pm
New Zealand team has been struggling to find a consistent all-rounder for a long time now and with the World Cup approaching fast, they would be looking for one who can show some consistency. While Colin de Grandhomme has filled in the place for a couple of years now, he hasn’t been consistent and they will also need a back up for him. However, Jimmy Neesham has put his hand up for the same and feels that he is refreshed after spending some time away from the game and is ready to go.
Neesham last played for the Kiwis in any format in June 2017 in against Bangladesh in Cardiff during the Champions Trophy and since then has been sidelined. He wasn’t able to perform to the potential and most importantly, failed to live up to his reputation of an all-rounder. With age on his side, the left-hander certainly has the ability to make it count if given the opportunity.
I will perform in the domestic circuit
“What the New Zealand team is crying out for is an allrounder they can rely on day in, day out, and not someone who’s just going to turn up now and then. That’s where I want to put my stake in the ground and say through domestic performances, ‘here I am, I’m ready to go’,” he said while speaking to stuff.co.nz on Thursday.
Neesham is also confident of his fitness and added he is in the best spaces he’s ever been in which has allowed him to bowl well. The promising all-rounder wants to enjoy the game again and is looking to forward to play more for his country again in the near future.
“Looking at the fitness and strength results, I’m in one of the best spaces I’ve been in. That’s allowed me to bowl more in the nets and hopefully get me to a space where my bowling is a point of difference over those other guys. ’ve put my stake in the ground and said I want to play all three forms for New Zealand, not for the next 12 months but for the next 4-5 years,” the 28-year-old added.