Auckland: All-rounder Daryl Mitchell and young batsman Glenn Phillips have been offered their maiden national contracts by New Zealand Cricket in the recently announced 20-man list following their brilliant performances in the completed season.
Daryl Mitchell was part of the New Zealand team across formats as a replacement for the injured Colin de Grandhomme – and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
The right-hander notched up his maiden Test and ODI centuries, and on the back of a successful summer, he is selected to fly to England for the 2-Test series which will be followed by the World Test Championship against India.
Glenn Phillips flourished in the T20Is – he smashed 366 runs at a 40.6 average, including a scintillating 46-ball ton – the fastest T20I century by a Kiwi – against the West Indies at Bay Oval in November last year.
Test specialist left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel is not offered a contract for the coming season after receiving it for the first time last year.
However, he will travel to the UK for the 3 Tests next month. Larsen said Patel being injured for the most part of last season kept him out of the contracted players’ list.
New Zealand contracted players:
Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young.