India A vs New Zealand A: Jimmy Neesham one of nine internationals in one-day squad
Jimmy Neesham is the second-highest run-getter on the Ford Trophy table with 497 from 10 innings. @Getty

The New Zealand selectors have picked a strong New Zealand A one-day squad for the the three-match series against India A next month, naming as many as nine players with international experience.

These include the allrounder Jimmy Neesham who on Wednesday hit a career-best 120* – his second List A century – to take Wellington Firebirds to the final of the 2018-19 Ford Trophy by beating defending champions Auckland Aces; his state mate Hamish Bennett who leads the competition’s wickets tally with 24; fast bowlers Doug Bracewell and Lockie Ferguson who took his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs this month; the batsmen Hamish Rutherford, who has played 16 Tests, and George Worker; wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert and the allrounders Cory Anderson and Seth Rance.

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Those players not considered due to injury were Adam Milne, Logan van Beek and Mark Chapman. A New Zealand Cricket (NZC) update stated that Martin Guptill and Mitchell Santner are progressing well with their rehab programmes and will be considered for New Zealand selection in due course.

“This is the start of an important period of cricket for these players and an opportunity for them all to further their claims,” said NZC selection manager Gavin Larsen. “There’s plenty to play for in the top order. George Worker has been passed fit after HIA protocols and has shown his value over a number of strong domestic seasons.

Will Young had a very good tour of the UAE where he scored consistent big runs before backing that up with an excellent century against India A in Hamilton last week. Hamish Rutherford scored a century in the Mount Maunganui match and his form at the start of this domestic season has been compelling,” Larsen said.

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Neesham, who has not played for New Zealand since the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, hit five sixes and 12 fours in his 107-ball hundred which came after he made 100 against Otago Volts earlier this month. The 28-year-old is the second-highest run-getter on the Ford Trophy table with 497 from 10 innings at an average of 71 and strike-rate of 110.69, with three fifties too. Neesham’s seam bowling has been handy too, with 13 wickets at an economy of 5.70.

“He’s certainly in good form and hitting the ball as well as ever,” Larsen said after watching Neesham guide his side to victory with at Eden Park Outer Oval yesterday.

Earning a maiden New Zealand A call was the Canterbury captain Cole McConchie while recalled Northern Districts allrounder Daryl Mitchell also got the nod.

“It’s exciting to see new faces come into the NZ A programme,” said Larsen. “We have to ensure we are exploring our options and giving a number of players an opportunity at this level – that way our depth can only improve and competition for places increase.”

The ongoing three-match four-day series has seen two draws between India A and New Zealand A. The third four-day game is scheduled from November 30 at Cobham Oval in Whangarei, after which the series shifts to the one-day format with Bay Oval hosting three games on December 7, 9 and 11.

New Zealand A one-day squad: Corey Anderson, Hamish Bennett, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Cole McConchie, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Seth Rance, Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Seifert, George Worker, Will Young