Injury leads to career change

Former Black Caps pace bowler Ian Butler is once again in contention for a place in the Northern Districts eleven, but this time as a batsman.

The 24-year old, who has been off the scene since suffering a back injury in December 2004, has decided that with a return to the top level as a bowler looking unlikely it would be a good idea to focus mainly on his batting.

Although his highest test score is just 24, Butler has shown promise with the bat at first-class level and in the recent A-team tournament top-scored for Northern Districts including an innings of 172 not out.

His aim at the moment is to become a first-class batsman, admitting that national honours are still “out of the picture at the moment”. But with the likes of Mark Richardson and Scott Styris improving their batting in recent years to become crucial members of the New Zealand batting lineup, never say never.

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