James Neesham working to evolve himself as a limited-overs batsman


The allrounder played a destructive innings in Dunedin then held his nerve with the final over of the match

There was no shortage of sixes in Dunedin on Thursday and six of them came off the bat of Jimmy Neesham including three off the first three deliveries he faced.

However, the most extraordinary of them was at the beginning of the last over from Daniel Sams when he reversed scooped the left-arm quick over third man. Even taking into account the short boundaries, and the fact there seems no limits to what batsmen can do, it was a brilliant bit of strokeplay.

It all suggests that the work that Neesham has been putting into his batting to expand his shot range is paying dividends. The season is shaping as a very good one for him in T20Is where he is currently striking at 197.10 in eight matches against West Indies, Pakistan and Australia. He might prove an IPL steal at INR 50 lakh (USD 68,000/NZD 92,500 approx) for Mumbai Indians.

“It’s probably not good enough in the modern-day and age to be a guy who just stands there and tries to hit sixes over long-on and cow corner,” he told reporters at Auckland airport as the New Zealand squad headed home for a couple of days before the series resumes in Wellington.

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