Tom Bruce not interested in future as New Zealand wicket-keeper

Hard-hitting Tom Bruce doesn't see any future behind the stumps, despite handling himself adequately against Bangladesh in the Blackcaps' Friday T20 win at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Bruce filled in as wicketkeeper after Luke Ronchi went down with a hamstring injury in the eighth over.

The top-order batsmen seemed at ease for the remainder of the match, but said that wasn't exactly the case.

"I didn't feel comfortable," said Bruce.

"It wasn't ideal having 'Ronks' [Luke Ronchi] go down so I sort of bluffed my way into the gloves I guess.

"I just told myself to watch the ball and try and catch it when you can."

Blackcap Tom Bruce in action against Bangladesh
Blackcap Tom Bruce in action against Bangladesh during the second T20 international (Photosport)

The 25-year-old's main focus moving forward is on cementing a spot in the side and was happy to play his part in a polished Blackcaps performance.

"To get a few runs is always nice, you are in the side to score runs and my partnership with 'Munners' [Colin Munro] was pretty crucial in the end, and it was nice playing second-fiddle to him and watch him go."

Bruce was somewhat of a surprise selection in the New Zealand T20 squad, but the Central Stags batsmen wants to make the most of his first taste of international cricket.

"You want to take it with both hands, just wanting to do well for the team has really spurred me on."

A mouth-watering Chappel-Hadlee series later in the month and then a full tour by an in-form Proteas side are firmly in the sights of Te Kuiti's first New Zealand player.

"Australia and South Africa touring are obviously two world-class sides, and if I just keep producing at domestic level and the T20 tomorrow then that's all I can do.

"If I'm producing the goods then the rest will take care of itself."

The final match in the series is on Sunday at the same venue, where the Blackcaps will be looking to complete a clean sweep.