High-speed bowler Kyle Jamieson was rewarded for the impressive debut series against India earlier this year by being awarded a central contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the next 12 months.
South African-born Batsman Devon Conway and Ajaz Patel’s left arm spinner also received their first center contract, the NZC said in a statement on Friday.
The contract, which includes a basic salary in addition to the usual match costs, is given annually to 20 players who are expected to stand out for the national team in the next 12 months.
“It is very interesting to offer contracts to Kyle, Ajaz and Devon who have all been impressed over the past 12 months,” selection manager Gavin Larsen said in the statement.
“Kyle’s performance against Indian strength is no less extraordinary and at the age of 25 he certainly has a great future.
“We see Ajaz as the incumbent test spinner at the moment and he will be looking to mark in that place after some extraordinary efforts with the ball in the sub-continent.
“Devon’s form with bats in all three formats of the past two seasons made it impossible to ignore and he would be a good choice to add to the blending mix.”
Conway, 28, will be allowed to play for the national team from the end of August after he completes his three-year residency requirements.
He topped the scorer list in all three forms of cricket in New Zealand’s domestic competition last season.
However, Jamieson, 25, was the discovery of a New Zealand trial series on India in February and March where he used his 2.04 meter height to extract reflective long cliffs and consistently troubled the batsmen.
Jamieson brought nine goals, including his first five, in the trial series won by New Zealand 2-0, a result that helped push Australia over India to the top of the International Cricket Board’s test rankings.
Limited supervisor specialist Colin Munro, caretaker Todd Astle and opening batsman Jeet Raval are on the list.
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Michael Perry)
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