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African Imports Included In Emerging Squad

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African Imports Included In Emerging Squad

Auckland, June 12 NZPA - Southern African imports Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme are a step closer to realising their goal of representing New Zealand after being named in an emerging players cricket team to tour Australia.

Wagner, who played for South Africa's academy side last year, and former Zimbabwe A representative de Grandhomme were a quartet of players selected for a New Zealand side for the first time.

Left arm fast bowler Wagner and de Grandhomme, a top order batsman, will be eligible for New Zealand's test and limited overs sides within two years.

Wagner, 23, moved from Pretoria to Dunedin for the 2008-09 season and was particularly effective in the domestic one-day competition -- taking 24 wickets at 17.54 for champions Otago.

De Grandhomme, 22, made his first-class debut for Auckland in 2007 and was selected on the strength of his performances for the province in the four-day championship -- a campaign that included centuries in successive matches.

Auckland batsman Anaru Kitchen, who also scored heavily in the four-day competition while his leg break bowling teammate is also given his first opportunity at national level.

"This is an opportunity to give players who have shown potential exposure to a higher level of cricket on the international stage, and in different conditions," said New Zealand Cricket convenor of selectors Glenn Turner.

The side will play a four-team tournament in Brisbane during July against an Australian Institute of Sport team, and emerging players sides from India and South Africa.

The tournament includes two rounds of Twenty20 games and six one-day matches plus finals.

The side, coached by former test openers John Wright and Matt Horne, includes Black Caps Peter Fulton and Tim Southee.

NZ Emerging players: Peter Fulton (Canterbury, captain), Nick Beard (Otago), Hamish Bennett (Canterbury), Te Ahu Davis (Northern Districts), Colin de Grandhomme (Auckland), Anaru Kitchen (Auckland), Tarun Nethula (Auckland), Jeet Raval (Auckland), Lance Shaw (Auckland), Tim Southee (Northern Districts), Neil Wagner (Otago), BJ Watling (Northern Districts), Kane Williamson (Northern Districts), George Worker (Central Districts), Reece Young (Auckland).


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