New Zealand name contracted players

New Zealand name contracted players
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New Zealand release a new list of 20 contracted players, with Mitchell McClenaghan and Hamish Rutherford both being rewarded for their recent breakthroughs for the Black Caps.

New Zealand have released a list of 20 players who have been awarded contracts, with six men being named in the group for the first time.

Hamish Rutherford has been given a contract for the first time after making his Test debut against England in March, while Mitchell McClenaghan is also rewarded for his fine form in the Champions Trophy.

Corey Anderson, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin and Colin Munro join the list as well after making breakthroughs on the international scene over the past year.

Former captain Daniel Vettori turned down an offer of a contract due to ongoing concerns over the spinner's long-term fitness.

"We believe that the 20 players selected will provide the most value to the Black Caps over what is an exciting period for the team," coach Mike Hesson told reporters.

"With nine changes from last years contracted list, it's evident that competition for places is high."

New Zealand contracted players: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Grant Elliott, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

New Zealand players celebrate after taking the wicket of England's Eoin Morgan during their International Twenty20 match on June 25, 2013
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