Mitchell and Phillips offered Black Caps contracts

Daryl Mitchell and the Canterbury Kings were too strong for the Northern Knights at Hagley Oval on Friday afternoon. Picture; STUFF SPORTS.

Canterbury all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and Auckland batsman Glenn Phillips have been offered national cricket contracts for the first time following impressive seasons for the Black Caps.

The pair are the only new faces on the 20 strong national contract list, with the players nominated having until May 22 to accept or decline their offers.

Mitchell scored his maiden Test and ODI centuries and played for the Black Caps in all three formats this international summer, while Phillips starred in the T20s, scoring 366 runs at a 40.6 average, including a thrilling 46-ball century against the West Indies at Bay Oval in November – the fastest by a New Zealander in T20I history.

Test specialist and spinner Ajaz Patel has not been offered a New Zealand contract for the coming season after coming onto the list for the first time last year, while BJ Watling has also been omitted after confirming his impending retirement from all cricket.

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