Todd Astle, the Canterbury allrounder, is the only new name in the 2018-19 contracts list announced by New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday (May 15).
Jimmy Neesham and Neil Broom, both part of Otago in the New Zealand domestic setup, were not offered a contract in the reduced 20-player list, which comes into effect from August 1.
Astle made his One-Day International debut in the series against Windies in December 2017 and was crucial in securing an innings win for the home team in the first Test against England at Eden Park in Auckland with match figures of 3 for 39 that ended up sealing the two-match series in New Zealand’s favor.
Along with Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, the latter recovering from a knee surgery that ruled him out of the Test series, selector Gavin Larsen believes that New Zealand’s spin stocks are growing. “Todd’s progress over the past 12 months has been exciting to see. When fit, he made the most of his opportunities in both Test and ODI cricket,” said Larsen.
“We have a big summer ahead; we know Todd performs well in New Zealand conditions, and we also have a spin-friendly tour against Pakistan coming up.
“Between Todd, Ish and Mitchell our spin bowling stocks have probably never looked better.”
New Zealand men’s cricketers contracts list for 2018-19: Corey Anderson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, George Worker.