Ex-Oz wicket keeper Ronchi eyeing Kiwi spot

Sydney, Jan 11(ANI): Former Australia one-day cricketer Luke Ronchi is on the verge of becoming eligible to play cricket for the country of his birth, New Zealand, and the wicket-keeper batsman is already eyeing a spot in Kiwi national team.

The former West Australian glove man moved back to New Zealand last year to try to further his international career and has been playing with Wellington, News.com.au reports.

Ronchi becomes eligible for New Zealand on Sunday, after a four-year stand-down period and his earliest chance of breaking into the Black Caps will be during England's tour in February and March, but he's putting any assessment of his prospects to one side.

Ronchi said currently he is only focused to do well with the Wellington team, but admitted that he does want to play at the highest level.

Dannevirke-born Ronchi moved to Western Australia with his family just before his seventh birthday.

In 2008, when Brad Haddin broke a finger, he made his debut for Australia, playing four one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international in the West Indies, but just two more T20s, against South Africa the following January, was to be the extent of his time in green and gold.

Before returning to New Zealand, he had been thinking for a while about having a shot at getting into the Black Caps and it turned out that Wellington needed a keeper and he grabbed the opportunity. (ANI)


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