Broadmore chasing recall

TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2012

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Taranaki all-rounder Kate Broadmore is looking to her solid form in the national women's competition to get her back in favour with national selectors.

Broadmore, 21, was dropped for the White Ferns for their Rosebowl one-day series against Australia that started in Sydney yesterday.

Since making her White Ferns debut in 2010, Broadmore has played 13 one-day internationals and 23 Twenty20 matches.

Yesterday, she admitted she was disappointed to find out she was not required for the Rosebowl series.

"It was huge surprise really but as I didn't get a game in the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September, I suppose it was coming," Broadmore said.

Team management, led by head coach Gary Stead, opted to play up to four spin bowlers in the team, leaving no space for Broadmore, a medium pace bowler and lower order batter.

The White Ferns underperformed on expectations and crashed out of the tournament at the semifinal stage.

Broadmore has not been given any official word about why she has been dropped, but surmises it had something to do with the changes being introduced which include a new coach, former international Katrina Keenan.

"They are trying to make changes and maybe there is no room in the squad for me at the moment," Broadmore said.

She said competing for the same spot as dual international Sophie Devine and Nicola Browne, who are both vastly experienced, had not helped.

Broadmore is taking her disappointment on the chin, however, saying being dropped is "just part of the scene."

"I'll just have to work hard to get back in," adding hopefully her solid form for New Zealand A in Australia early this season and for the Central Hinds at home since would help.

"I've shown I'm capable, so I've just got to keep chugging along and work on improving my all-round game and be more consistent."

Broadmore has spoken to former White Ferns skipper Aimee Watkins, who lives in New Plymouth, about her woes.

Watkins was also dropped at one stage of her international career only to stage a successful comeback.

"We both had a yarn and Aimee's been through it all, so it was helpful to talk things over with her," Broadmore said.

Broadmore has been playing in national teams since she was 16 and toured Australia with the emerging players side while she was still attending high school.

"So it's been six years and since then [there has] been no rest [from cricket] for me really."

The door is certainly not shut, with Broadmore earlier this month named in a wider squad of 30 players for the one-day World Cup tournament in India early in the new year.

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A travelling squad of 15 players is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, Broadmore can look forward to a short break from cricket.

And she will follow the fortunes of the White Ferns in Australia.

Her Central Hinds team has a couple of weeks off and will get together after Christmas when all the other major association teams play in a tournament starting on December 27 at Lincoln, near Christchurch.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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