Mike Hesson justifies exclusion of Broom, Neesham from New Zealand squad

"Jimmy needs go back and really dominate domestic cricket with both bat and ball," he quoted.

Mike Hesson
New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

New Zealand head coach, Mike Hesson, recently justified the exclusion of two big names from the New Zealand squad for the upcoming tour of India. The Kiwis will be touring India for a limited overs series that commences on October 22. Recently, the NZC had announced the 9 man squad for the tour. The remaining 6 players in the squad slot would be picked from the New Zealand A top performers.

Among the exclusions from the squad, the big names that sprung up were of Neil Broom and Jimmy Neesham. Mike Hesson admitted that the ouster would be harsh pill to digest for the veteran players. However, he hopes they will come back stronger in the future. He mentioned that Broom has to develop his game a little more since he bats at crucial positions.


“It will be disappointing for Jimmy 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,” quoted Mike Hesson as per the quotes in

“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,” mentioned the New Zealand head coach.

Jimmy needs to fire with bat and ball

Commenting specifically about the exclusion of all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who was not impressed with his ouster, Hesson remarked that the all-rounder needs to up his game in both departments. He maintained that Neesham is a quality player but will have to prove his mettle in domestic circuit again.

“Jimmy needs go back and really dominate domestic cricket with both bat and ball. We know Jimmy is a talented player, but we’ve spoken with him around improving the consistency in all areas of his game,” reckoned Hesson.