Six Newcomers Earn New Zealand Contracts

Adam Milne celebrates a wicket
Adam Milne is one of the six newcomers on New Zealand's list of contracted players
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Mark Craig, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi and Ish Sodhi have been awarded New Zealand Cricket (NZC) central contracts for the first time.

A largely youthful contracted list sees Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Grant Elliott, Peter Fulton, Bruce Martin and Hamish Rutherford missing out.

The contracts are awarded to the 20 players with a highest aggregate score generated by NZC taking into account performances in all three formats of the game.

"We’ve had a very strong summer followed by the Test series victory in the West Indies where a number of younger players put their hands up for consideration," NZC General Manager National Selection Bruce Edgar said.

"Two of those integral to the series win in the West Indies were spinners Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig. While we accept that Mark and Ish are by no means the finished product, they are promising bowlers that we want to invest time in.”

"Adam (Milne) and Matt (Henry) are two exciting young bowlers that if we manage well have got a big future in all forms of the game.

"The addition of Neesham and Ronchi rewards their contributions over the past year. Jimmy and Luke are both consistent members of our shorter form teams and they’ve recently been selected in our Test squad as well."

NZC contracted list 2014-15: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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