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Franklin wants Black Cap top-20 call-up

June 11, 2011 - Wellington

All-rounder James Franklin is hoping to be in New Zealand Cricket's chosen top 20.

Dropped for this year's World Cup, and rejuvenated in the Indian Premier League while turning out for the Mumbai Indians, Franklin is waiting anxiously to see if he features in New Zealand Cricket's plans, the Waikato Times reports. year ago Franklin considered packing in his Black Cap and chasing a fulltime English county career.

Then in February he was added to New Zealand Cricket's payroll under the new elevated contract system.

Now he heads a list including Wellington team-mates Grant Elliott, Luke Woodcock and Jeetan Patel, of those on the cusp as coach John Wright and co-selector Mark Greatbatch nut out their top 20 for the coming season, to be confirmed on July 1.

"I'm obviously hoping like a number of other people. I take nothing for granted. Last year I missed out so I'll leave it to others to speculate [on my chances]. It's a little bit nervy but that's the reality of our sport," Franklin said.

"I've still got belief in my own ability and my own game. It was more just getting the opportunity from the coaches and the owners to have a crack at it," he added.


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