New Zealand have announced their list of contracted players for the 2013-14 season, with major changes to last year’s group of 20 players.
The Black Caps have introduced several new faces to their international squads over the past 12 months and some of those have been rewarded with a place in the new list. Impressive quick-bowler Mitchell McClenaghan and opener Hamish Rutherford have both enjoyed a superb start to their international careers and are included, as are left-arm spinner Bruce Martin, all-rounders Colin Munro, Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson, and batsmen Tom Latham and Peter Fulton.
The recently-retired Chris Martin is out along with veteran campaigners Jacob Oram and Dan Vettori, who requested not to be offered a contract due to his long-standing Achilles injury. Also missing is all-rounder James Franklin, who has struggled to justify his place in the side as his bowling has lost its effectiveness, along with leg-spinner Tarun Nethula, all-rounder Andrew Ellis, wicket-keeper Kruger van Wyk, and batsmen Daniel Flynn and Rob Nicol.
"There's still a strong core of experienced players who have been a part of the team's progression over recent months," coach Mike Hesson said. "Some of the younger players such as Corey Anderson and Hamish Rutherford have also demanded a spot, after making strong starts to their international careers.
"As always, some difficult decisions had to be made and a number of last year's contracted players will be disappointed to have missed out. However, there's nothing to say that they can't force their way back into the team in the future through strong domestic performances."
Contracted players: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Grant Elliott, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.
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