Elliott pleased to contribute with the ball

New Zealand

New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott is happy with the work as he has down on his bowling over the last few weeks, saying that he always wants to contribute in the game.

The 36 year-old right-arm medium-pace bowler is more known for some notable performances throughout the years with the bat, especially the World Cup semi-final last year, but has really come to the fore with the ball recently.

The South Africa born Elliott has taken nine wickets in his last five T20I matches for the Black Caps against Sri Lanka and Pakistan at home.

Elliott said: "As an allrounder sometimes your batting's not going as well and you want to be able to get into the game.

"I always think about what I wouldn't want to face, when I'm bowling. For me in T20s, it's about taking pace off the ball. In the one-dayers it's slightly different.

"I want to try and swing the ball and hit the back of the length."

The Kiwis start a three-match ODI series against Pakistan on Monday in Wellington.