New Zealand team to England

New Zealand team to England

Post by Vicky B. Vigneswar » Thu, 28 Apr 1994 00:29:10

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-
ular batsman.

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
left-arm spinner.

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-
liant fielder.

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
the future.

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


New Zealand team to England

Post by Howard Sil » Sat, 30 Apr 1994 07:07:20

|> 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
|> off-spin.

I think Thomson needs a few friends in the English Press Association.
Talk about an understated biography ;) Reading this you would think he
was a marginal selection. Instead, with Crowe injured, he is
indisputedly the best batsman New Zealand has at the moment.

Thomson scored more One Day runs than anyone this season, and his innings
of 120 not out against Pakistan in the Third Test was superb.

I think a series of fifties in Sharjah demonstated once again his
value and he should have no.6 sown up for several years ala Jeremy Coney.

The Sunday Observer have got closer to the truth in describing Thomson as
one of their six "BIG SHOTS OF TOMORROW" and I'll look forward to reading
Anwar's posting.

Howard S.