Luke Ronchi to lead New Zealand XI with an eye on national spot

Born in New Zealand, Luke Ronchi represented Australia in four One-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches before he returned home in 2012 © Getty Images

Wellington: Feb 19, 2013

Former Australian wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi is set to lead a New Zealand XI against England in a four-day warm-up before the first Test scheduled to start on March 6th.

Ronchi is vying with South African-born B.J. Watling for the wicketkeeping role in the three-test series against England as reported by NDTV.

Ronchi played four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches for Australia and represented Western Australia in the domestic circuit. Despite having a good record in the domestic circuit both with the bat and gloves, he faced stiff competition through Brad Haddin and Tim Paine.

Ronchi was born in New Zealand and returned to his home state in 2012, thus making him eligible for selection for the Kiwis national team. He is among the leading run scorers in New Zealand’s domestic first class competition this season, making 760 runs at an average of 69 with four centuries.

He represented Perth Scorchers during the Champions League and also played for Mumbai Indians during the first and second season of Indian Premier League (IPL).