Franklin insists he has lot to offer for Kiwis

Wellington: New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin on Monday expressed disappointment at missing out on a central contract for the second consecutive year and insisted that he had a lot to offer, especially in cricket Tests.

Franklin missed the cut in the 20-man contract list announced by New Zealand Cricket last week.

The 30-year-old said the Board`s decision comes as a shock considering he was a regular member of the team in the last six months.

"I can`t change what they have done," Franklin was quoted as saying by the Dominion Post. "This is a tough one. Last year I was half expecting it, but this one has come out of the blue and I am a bit bitter. In my last 14 one-day innings I have averaged 54, but they have made their decision. To miss out entirely on a Test ranking is a hard one for me to fathom. I feel I have a huge amount to offer in the longer form of the game."

The national selection manager, Mark Greatbatch had earlier justified Franklin`s absence from the contract list saying that he was not consistent enough. Franklin, reacting to Greatbatch`s comments, admitted that he could have done better in the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent particularly after having a good series in India in December.

"If I pinpoint anything I didn`t do, which I wanted to do, it was my World Cup performances. But there were a couple of early games when I didn`t get a bat or bowl so I suddenly felt I had no form. Because it was a World Cup, it got microscoped a fair bit and that seemed to be the last point of memory in terms of sorting out contracts."

Franklin started as a bowler who could bat a bit but later transformed into a genuine all-rounder. But Franklin said he need to improve upon his bowling.

"There is stuff to tidy up in my bowling - there is no two ways in that," he said. "My stats say I am a good first-class bowler but that hasn`t always been the case at the next level. I need to get the venom back I had four to five years ago when I was in the mid to high 130s."


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