Ken Rutherford, age 28, Tests 45. Endured a pair in his debut
Test against the West Indies in 1985. In fact, in four Tests in
the Caribbean he totalled only 14 runs, but in latter years he
has blossomed into a sound international batsman with a wide
range of strokes. His captaincy is strong on man management.
Gavin Rolf Larsen (vice capt), 31, 0. Has played in 53 one-day
internationals and says his aim on this tour is to win his first
Test cap. An acurate slow medium bowler and a sound if unspectac-
Martin David Crowe, 31, 67. New Zealand's sole world class crick-
eter following the retirement of Sir Richard Hadlee. Totals 4,850
Test runs at an average of 47.08 and with 15 centuries but has
not played Test cricket for six months because of a chronic knee
injury. New Zealand's management denies that bringing him to Eng-
land is a gamble but admit Crowe "will never be 100% fit again
for the rest of his career".
Heath Te-ihi-o-te-rangi Davis, 22, 0. Half-Maori fast bowler who
is undeniably fast but also undeniably inaccurate. The fastest
bowler in New Zealand and top wicket taker during the 1993/4
domestic season with 31 victims. But is also prone to no-ball
Simon Blair Doull, 24, 6. Fast bowler whose career has so far
been hampered by back injuries. Has Test best figures of five for
66 against Pakistan, and can move the ball significantly off the
pitch. Also an aggressive lower order batsman with a first class
hundred to his name.
Stephen Paul Fleming, 21, 1. New Zealanders liken this classy
left hander to David Gower - and Fleming certainly showed the
temperament for the big occasion by making 92 on his Test debut
against India this year. A former captain of New Zealand's youth
and shares Gower's April 1 birth date.
Mark John Greatbatch, 30, 33. Made a century on his Test debut
against England in 1988. A burly and hard-hitting left-hander was
a big hit in the last World Cup and who made twin Texaco Trophy
tons in the 1990 England tour.
Matthew Norman Hart, 21, 3. Another recent product of New
Zealand's youth policy, a left-hand batsman and a promising slow
Blair Robert Hartland, 27, 8. Right-handed opener who has so far
failed to prosper at Test level - with just one half-century
against Sri Lanka from 16 innings.
Daniel Kyle Morrison, 28, 35. Has carried New Zealand's Test at-
tack since the retirement of Hadlee - and last season became only
the eighth New Zealander to take 100 Test wickets. Has recovered
strongly from a hernia operation in 1992 and last winter had
hauls of seven for 89 and six for 37 against Australia. But wor-
rying the Kiwis with a groin strain picked up in Sharjah.
Dion Joseph Nash, 22, 3. Highly-rated up-and-coming all-rounder
who bowls fast-medium pace, hits hard with the bat and is a bril-
Adam Craig Parore, 23, 9. On his second tour to England, a top
class keeper and more than useful with the bat despite a modest
record in his Test career to date. Certainly one to watch for
Blair Andrew Pocock, 22, 5. Sound, right-handed opening batsman
who relies more on determination than stroke-making ability.
Christopher Pringle, 26, 9. First played for New Zealand in the
1990 England tour when he was called up from Yorkshire league
cricket to join the tour party. Since then he has developed into
a steady member of New Zealand's one-day side although he has
taken only 23 Test wickets.
Shane Alexander Thomson, 25, 8. An all-rounder who disappointed
on the 1990 England tour but who has come again strongly under
the leadership of Rutherford during the past year. An attractive
middle order batsman who has now switched from medium pace to
Bryan Andrew Young, 29, 5. Gave up wicket-keeping after 10 years
playing for Northern Districts, and has since made an impressive
start to his Test career as a specialist opener. In 10 innings he
totals 380 runs, with a century against Pakistan and also two
50's. Also a superb slip catcher.
Taken from a Press Association report.
UMass, Apr 26, 1994