Neesham working on game after break

11 January 2018 23:20:40 GMTPlus11

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is back in training, but doesn't have any timeline for his return to cricket.

Neesham was dropped by both the Black Caps and his provincial team Otago before the New Year due to lack of form.

The 27-year-old had been told by New Zealand coach Mike Hesson to return to the Volts and make runs to win back his place in the national squad.

But things didn't work out as during the Super Smash season he struggled, scoring just 18 runs in three innings while taking five wickets at 24.80. His economy rate with the ball was an issue, going at 11.23 an over.

Volts coach Rob Walter left him out of the 27th December clash with Auckland in Alexandra and he's since been on a break from the game.

He had two weeks off and is now back training and working on his game.

New Zealand Cricket spokesman Callum Elder said it had been agreed Neesham - who is one of NZC's 21 contracted players for 2017-18 - would take a break from cricket to freshen up.

"He is talking to Otago and they will work through a potential return," added Elder.

Earlier in the year, Neesham made a decent start to the Plunket Shield season with six wickets at 26.5, while averaging 26.71 with the bat.

Neesham has played 12 tests, 41 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand since his 2012 debut.

He was a Black Caps frontliner at the Champions Trophy last June but was left out of the subsequent tour of India.

Coach Mike Hesson said at the time that he wanted the allrounder to go and "dominate domestic cricket with both bat and ball".

With Neesham absent and Corey Anderson recovering from back surgery, Colin de Grandhomme has made the Black Caps all-rounder spot his own.

New Zealand are 1.40 to win the third ODI against Pakistan, who are 3.00.

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