Neil hails from Christchurch Boys High School and East Christchurch club Shirley, the same club as Nathan Astle and Craig McMillian. He played for Canterbury domestically before moving down to Otago for the 2002/2003 season.
He first featured in the BLACKCAPS in the 2009 tour by the West Indies, appearing in his first ODI in Auckland. He was also included in the Twenty20 team and headed across the ditch to take on Australia.
Neil’s personal highlight to date was being part of the team that made it through to the Champions Trophy final against Australia earlier this year and also making his debut against the West Indies.
Before he became a full time cricketer Neil did a building apprenticeship for a year in Christchurch. But cricket was his calling and he moved to Dunedin to pursue his goal of being a top class cricketer. Neil says he loves living in Dunedin because of the relaxed lifestyle the southern city offers.
In his spare time he enjoys hitting a few golf balls and currently tees off on an 11 handicap. He also enjoys catching up with friends and tucking into anything his partner or mother whips up in the kitchen.
Quick fire questions
1. You have a rather interesting secret talent, what is it?
“It’s slightly embarrassing! But I can do calligraphy. When I was younger I had neat handwriting so my parents got me into it.”
2. How would you describe yourself in three words?
“Caring, honest and fun.”
3. Any final words?
“Look out for Neil Broom! Coming your way soon!”