It’s been a while since Neil Broom got a mention here at Silly Point. The New Zealand bat gained some airtime when he ditched a county contract to answer a recall to his nation’s limited overs side and promptly topped the run charts with 228 over the three-match series against Bangladesh. This included a maiden international hundred (109 not out in Nelson) followed by a run-a-ball 97, also in Horatio’s city.
Broom did register a score of 73 against Australia but in the absence of Ross Taylor, greeted the Test world off the back of a ODI series against South Africa that brought him scores of 2, 2 and 0, so it probably didn’t come as a surprise to many when he lasted only four runless deliveries against the same opposition in the second Test in Wellington, Rabada-de Kock the combination responsible for his downfall. For those of you missing our old favourite…
… here’s an International Duck Watch special just for you, courteousy of Neil Broom!
In the first ODI between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland, the hosts claimed first blood in the battle of the Tasman. Tim Southee ducked for NZ and for the tourists…
… Josh Hazlewood, having never been dismissed in any of his thirty-three previous ODI outings, was run out for an epic duck having survived 26 minutes and not faced a single ball alongside Marcus Stoinis. Their partnership reached 54 before Australia fell just 6 runs short of New Zealand’s total. Stoinis, who was playing only his second ODI and first since 2015 was left stranded 146 not out from 117 deliveries, an innings that included 9 fours and 11 sixes.
Credit any bloggers out there that have previously called for a recall to national colours for MS!
In New Zealand’s total of 286-9, Neil Broom made 73 from 75 deliveries and in doing show displayed that it’s not just Bangladesh he’s capable of scoring runs against. His average now stands at 28.81 and though this has nothing to do with ducks, it provides us with an opportunity to revisit some great (Self-proclaimed!) headlines.
New Zealand have completed a 3-0 whitewash in their Nelson based ODI series against Bangladesh thanks again in no small part to Neil Broom. Having struck a maiden ODI ton in the second match of the series on wednesday, the Otago batsman fell agonisingly short of registering back-to-back same ground centuries by falling for a run-a-ball 97. After six years in the international wilderness, in the course of just three innings Broom’s ever ascending batting average has rocketed from a paltry 17.52 to a half decent 26.71 and likewise his strike rate has also gone up nearly a whole ten runs.
Broom will also replace Martin Guptill for the T20Is following the opening bat’s injury picked up during the third match.
A couple of weeks ago we advised followers of Neil Broom’s return to New Zealand national colours (See previous post: Room for Broom)…
… and whilst I may have previously gloated a little about my confidence in South Africa’s Stephen Cook, you may have detected a little scepticism about my thoughts on Neil Broom’s ability to succeed at international level. However, credit the man, as having made a Silly Pointesque 22 in the first ODI on Boxing Day, today Broom struck 109 not out from 107 deliveries (8 fours, 3 sixes) to set-up New Zealand’s series clinching victory against Bangladesh in the second match of the series in Nelson.
In the space of just two innings Broom’s batting average has soared from just 17.52 to a far more respectable 23.20 and his strike rate has also risen from 70.10 to 75.57.
Of course his performances in this series don’t guarantee that he’ll go on to have a far more fulfilling international career than had seemed the case only a few weeks ago but whatever happens in Neil Broom’s life he’ll have a ODI century to his name and in the grand scheme of things not many people have one of those, so let’s celebrate that for a moment and not just sweep it under the carpet!
New Zealand have recalled batsman Neil Broom to their squad for the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh that commences on Boxing Day.
Well, nothing cries out international recall more than a ODI career batting average of 17.52!
Broom’s batting average is not the only figure that he’ll be looking to haul north. A strike rate of 70.10 smacks of a bygone era. It was in March 2010, more than six years ago that Broom, 33, made the last of his 22 ODI appearances and the landscape has since changed. He’s been a consistent performer on the domestic stage (3784 List A runs @ 38.61) for sometime though and the Black Caps will be hoping that in the absence of Ross Taylor (Eye surgery) Broom can sweep all that Bangladesh’s bowlers have to throw (Bowl legitimately!) at him!
Disclaimer: That’s no slight on the integrity of the Tigers bowling, just a play on words!