Broom says his international career is ’99 per cent over’

Neil Broom says that he has accepted that his Black Caps career is over after missing out on a central contract for the forthcoming season.

Broom and allrounder Jimmy Neesham were the two players dropped from last seaon’s 21 player contract list.

The Otago based Broom had enjoyed a second coming in international cricket since being recalled in 2016 but has failed to nail down a spot in any of the Black Caps squads.

Broom told the New Zealand Herald: “Whatever I do in the future, I know I had a good crack and probably wasn’t good enough when it came down to it.

“I’m looking forward to playing for Otago and getting a bit of pride back in the province cricket-wise. It’s year-by-year now, but hopefully, I can pump out another couple of seasons and hang the boots up happy.”

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The right-hander counts an inauspicious Test debut against South Africa among his highlights, he managed just a duck and 20 but relished the battle against the premier pace attack in the world.

“I never thought I was going to play test cricket, but I knew I was there for two games against a pretty decent South Africa attack. I probably wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Broom felt that he settled back into international cricket well for some time having hit a hundred against Bangladesh and a 73 against Australia in New Zealand’s triumph at Eden Park.

He added: “I got into a vein of form. After I scored a few runs against Aussie at Eden Park, I started to feel more comfortable at international level.”

Broom has played two Tests, 39 ODIs and 11 T20Is for New Zealand.