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Henry Nicholls, George Worker handed New Zealand contracts

Henry Nicholls, George Worker handed New Zealand contracts
George Worker has played two ODIs and as many T20Is for New Zealand in 2015.
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New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls and all-rounder George Worker have been awarded central contracts for the 2016-17 season by New Zealand Cricket (NZC).

Along with Nicholls and Worker, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and all-rounder Colin Munro have also made a return to the list of centrally-contracted cricketers for 2016-17.

Former skipper Brendon McCullum and his brother Nathan McCullum, who have retired from international cricket, are no longer part of the list while all-rounder Grant Elliott, who retired from One-Day Internationals in April, has been dropped from the list.

New Zealand Contracted players for 2016-17:

Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, George Worker

NZC has increased the number of contracted players from 20 to 21 for the year 2016-17.

New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen is keen to see how Nicholls and Worker shape up in their international career after having made impressive starts since their debut in 2015.

"We’ve built a strong group of core players over the past couple of years and that’s been a key factor to the consistency of the team’s performance," said Larsen.

"When we’ve brought new players into the group, we’ve been really happy with how they’ve adapted and performed on the international stage.

"Henry and George have made bright starts to their careers and we look forward to watching their ongoing development."

Larsen is also pleased with the way Sodhi and Munro have performed and earned their places back in the list of centrally-contracted players after missing out last year.

"After missing out last year, Ish and Colin have both worked extremely hard on their game, as we saw with their performances for us in the shorter formats this summer.

"They thoroughly deserve their contracts.

"It’s also exciting to see Ish make his way back into the Test squad for the upcoming series in Africa."

New Zealand’s next international assignment will be the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively between 29th July and 31st August.

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