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…
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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!
There were duckless days in both Test matches being played today but one for either side in the sole ODI.
New Zealand’s opening batsman Martin Guptill was out to the fourth delivery of the match and later in the day Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed joined Guppers in Duck club as the hosts assumed an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
In other news from the second ODI in Nelson…