Knights recruit Dean Brownlie targets test spot
The Northern Knights have confirmed the signing of batsman Dean Brownlie.
As predicted last week by Fairfax Media, the 14-test batsman who previously played for Canterbury has moved north in an attempt to gain a place back in the Black Caps as an opener.
"This hasn't just happened, opening has been something I've been thinking of for about 18 months, " Brownlie said last week.
"I want to play for New Zealand and it looks like the Black Caps have positions three, four and five pretty well sewn up and I still think I have a lot to offer. It's not just the opening thing, though.
"I've spoken to a few people I trust and we worked out one of the things that I was missing was a home base. I've got a place in the Mount and that should be more stable for me."
Born in Australia, the 29-year-old has played 57 first-class matches, averaging 41 with the bat, along with his 14 tests. He has one test century and four 50s while averaging 29.62 but hasn't played a test since May last year.
"I've been seeking an opportunity to open the batting and am very much looking forward to this new challenge at ND,'' Brownlie said
''They had a great season last year. I am hopeful I can be a big contributor to help ensure we are challenging for titles in all three forms again."
Knights coach James Pamment added: "We are delighted to welcome Dean Brownlie to the Knights and the ND family.
''He's a player of international quality, and his hard-working approach and desire to reclaim his place in the Black Caps fits very well with our philosophies. He will be a very good addition to our squad."
Brownlie is relocating to Mt Maunganui and will join up the Knights after the New Zealand A tour to England.
He has played chiefly as a middle-order batsman and has Black Caps openers Tom Latham and Peter Fulton ahead of him in the batting order at Canterbury.
Brownlie joins a Knights side that struggled for consistent runs in last year's Plunket Shield competition.
While the association is bringing through a group of talented young batsmen, including Joe Carter, Bharat Popli and Jono Hickey, international team commitments mean they are often without Black Cap Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson and BJ Watling.
- Waikato Times
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