Knights recruit Dean Brownlie targets test spot

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 12:49 27/06/2014
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AMBITION: Northern Knights batsman Dean Brownlie hopes to play his way back into the Black Caps test squad.

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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.

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