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Full name Daniel Luca Vettori


Born January 27, 1979, Auckland


Major teams New Zealand, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, Northern Districts, Nottinghamshire, Queensland, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warwickshire


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox


Relation Uncle - AJ Hill, Cousin - JV Hill

Daniel Luca Vettori

Daniel Vettori has been on the international scene so long it is sometimes hard to believe he has only recently crossed into his thirties. The youngest man to play Test cricket for New Zealand, at the age of 18, he is one of only eight players to have managed the double of 300 Test wickets and 3000 runs. With time on his side, he could one day creep up towards Hadlee's 431 Test dismissals, but to do that Vettori would need to avoid the stress fractures in his back that troubled him earlier in his career. He also cannot afford another form slump like the one he suffered in 2003-04.


He bounced back from that one, returning to his best, and his mastery of drift and subtle variations in flight, speed and length earned him a reputation as New Zealand's most dangerous player. It was that guile and ability to confuse the batsmen that sometimes turned what seemed like innocuous deliveries into unplayable hand grenades by the time they reached the other end.


He troubled Australia with 12 for 149 at Eden Park in March 2000, giving him his first ten-wicket Test. He continued to peak whenever he faced Australia, and also feasted against Bangladesh in 2004, taking 20 for 224 in the two-match rout. He was recognised alongside Muttiah Muralitharan as one of the best spinners outside Australia for the Super Series in 2005-06, and was one of six players to represent the World XI in the Test and all three one-dayers.


A more than handy lower-order batsman, he has five Test centuries, and is the most prolific No. 8 in Tests. He was installed as captain for the Twenty20 World Championship in 2007 and took over from Fleming as the Test captain ahead of their two-Test tour of South Africa. However, retirements and the ICL saw New Zealand slip in the world rankings, and Vettori was saddled with more responsibilities than he could have imagined - including that of selector in 2009. Positive results, especially in Tests, were hard to come by but it didn't affect Vettori's form, and on many occasions his lower-order batting has come to the rescue.


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Full name Scott Bernard Styris


Born July 10, 1975, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Durham, Essex, Middlesex, New Zealand Emerging Players, New Zealand Under-19s, Northern Districts, PCA Masters XI


Nickname Miley, The Rus


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Height 5 ft 10 in


Education Hamilton Boys High School

Scott Bernard Styris

Northern Districts allrounder Scott Styris is a rather stereotypical New Zealand selection, but has became an integral part of the team - a fact highlighted by an outstanding 2007 World Cup. He had nearly 10 years of domestic cricket before he was called up to the Test squad, having made his one-day international debut much earlier. Originally a seamer, a knee injury forced him to take his batting more seriously, and he switched from being a bowler who can bat into being a batsman who occasionally bowls. He was awarded his Test cap on the eve of the Karachi Test in May 2002, only for it to be taken back when the match was cancelled as a result of a bomb blast. When he finally got the chance he scored a century and a half-century on debut against West Indies. On the same tour of the Caribbean he broke the New Zealand record for one-day bowling with 6 for 25 in Trinidad. He has been encouraged by John Bracewell to work on his offspin as an option which would put less strain on his body, but this has yet to be unveiled. Having spent the best part of 11 years with Northern Districts, Styris signed for Auckland - and in 2005 was tempted by Middlesex for a stint in the county game. He continued a strong link with English cricket, taking up a mid-season contract with Durham in 2007. A thrilling 101 in New Zealand's chase of a then-record 322 against Australia at Christchurch was followed by useful contributions in the one-day series against West Indies at home. A timely unbeaten 103 on and some key wickets on the first day at Auckland saw New Zealand take a series lead in the Tests. A back injury ruled him out of the home series against Sri Lanka in December 2006 but he returned in time for the last few games of the tri-series in Australia and was considered fit enough to be named in the 15-man World Cup squad where he was one of the leading performers with 499 runs at 83. After a poor Test series against South Africa in November 2007, he was dropped from the Test side for the home series against Bangladesh. In a bid to prolong his career in the limited-overs formats, he announced his retirement from Tests in February 2008.


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Full name Jeetan Shashi Patel


Born May 7, 1980, Wellington


Major teams New Zealand, Warwickshire, Wellington


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Jeetan Shashi Patel

The son of Indian parents, but born and brought up in Wellington's eastern suburbs, offspinner Jeetan Patel was fast-tracked into the New Zealand side after John Bracewell, the coach, identified him as the sort of slow bowler who could be effective at the death. Patel first played for Wellington in 1999-2000, bowling 59 overs and taking 5 for 145 against Auckland on his debut. Three middling seasons followed, and he seemed to be heading nowhere, with an average in the mid-forties. But then he took 6 for 32 against Otago in the last State Championship match of 2004-05, propelling Wellington into the final against Auckland, which they lost. Suddenly good judges were noting his ability to make the ball loop and drift, not unlike a right-handed Daniel Vettori. Bracewell took him to Zimbabwe for a one-day tournament in August 2005, and he played nine ODIs during the season, in eight being either the super-sub or the subbed-out player, as his batting - although better than when he began - is underwhelming. At home his 2 for 23 from ten overs throttled Sri Lanka at Wellington, and won him the match award, then three wickets at Christchurch helped subdue West Indies too. All this put Patel in line for a first Test cap, which came against South Africa at Cape Town in April 2006. And he had a nice long bowl, wheeling down 42 overs and removing Graeme Smith, Boeta Dippenaar and AB de Villiers at a cost of 117 runs. His bowling in tandem with Vettori produced some of New Zealand's best spells of the 2007 CB Series as the pair often dried up the runs. Patel's efforts in Australia, combined with his athletic and enthusiastic fielding, earned him a place at the World Cup in the West Indies where he played six matches.


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Full name Christopher Stewart Martin


Born December 10, 1974, Christchurch, Canterbury


Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Canterbury, Warwickshire


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Christopher Stewart Martin

Hardworking with the ball and outrageously feeble with the bat, Chris Martin was the most consistent thing about the New Zealand pace attack in the first decade of the 2000s. A tall, angular fast-medium bowler with a high leap as he approaches the crease, Martin relies more on accuracy and gentle seam movement than pace or prodigious swing. He would have been an ideal second lead in the armoury of captains Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori but Shane Bond's frequent injuries meant Martin has often been thrust into the role of No. 1 fast man. The 11 wickets he took against South Africa in Auckland in March 2004, in his first Test for nearly two years, showed that he could bowl New Zealand to victories but tearing through batting line-ups was not his usual modus operandi and he has often had to bowl long spells à la Ewen Chatfield. By the end of the decade Martin was New Zealand's fourth highest Test wicket taker of all time but he was equally well known for his comically inept batting. Getting Martin out is as difficult as making a cup of tea and often takes less time. No New Zealand player has made more Test ducks than Martin, who did not make a double-figure score until his 36th Test, against Bangladesh. His inability to put bat on ball has cost him the chance to play more one-day and Twenty20 cricket.


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Full name Nathan Leslie McCullum


Born September 1, 1980, Dunedin, Otago


Major teams New Zealand, Lancashire, New Zealand A, Otago, Pune Warriors


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Relation Father - SJ McCullum, Brother - BB McCullum

Nathan Leslie McCullum

The older brother of Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum is an offspinning allrounder from Otago who joined his sibling at the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. After missing out on the final Champions Trophy squad, McCullum was promoted to the senior ranks following a strong Emerging Players Tournament in Australia, which included a haul of 4 for 41 against the Academy. He had little to cheer about in his only World Twenty20 outing, as he was run out for 1 and was not asked to bowl. McCullum's first-class debut arrived in 1999-2000 and since then he has added six half-centuries and one five-wicket haul. In the 2006-07 State Championship he collected 240 runs at 26.66 with a high of 61 and 14 wickets at 56.42. His economy rate was a strong 3.88 per over in the one-day competition and he added nine wickets in 11 games.


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Full name Hamish Kyle Bennett


Born February 22, 1987, Timaru


Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Canterbury Under-19s, New Zealand A, New Zealand Academy, New Zealand Emerging Players, New Zealand Under-19s


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Hamish Kyle Bennett

Hamish Bennett, a fast bowler for Canterbury, received his first New Zealand call-up for the tour of Bangladesh in 2010. He made his first-class debut in 2005 and was part of New Zealand's squad for the Under-19 World Cup in 2006. He has been a solid performer for Canterbury and New Zealand A and the highlight of his budding career was the 7 for 50 he took to help Canterbury win the State Championship final in 2008.


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Full name Kane Stuart Williamson


Born August 8, 1990, Tauranga


Major teams New Zealand, Gloucestershire, New Zealand Under-19s, Northern Districts


Playing role Middle-order batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Relation Cousin - D Cleaver

Kane Stuart Williamson

Kane Williamson, a right-hand top-order batsman, made his first-class debut in 2006-07 and played his first Under-19 game against the visiting Indians soon after. Born into a cricketing family - his father also represented Northern Districts at the U-17 level - he was adjudged Player of the Tournament at the Gillette Cup schools competition in 2007 and scored 47 off 65 balls against a senior Bangladeshi side a rain-affected game at the end of the year. He is a part-time offspinner as well, and led New Zealand in the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. His form in the 2009-10 domestic season was outstanding, prompting the selectors to pick him in the squad for the second Test against Australia in Hamilton. He was the highest run-scorer in the NZC one-day competition that season with 621 runs at 77.62 and he was rewarded with a call-up to the New Zealand one-day squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka.


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Full name Daryl Raymond Tuffey


Born June 11, 1978, Milton, Otago


Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Chandigarh Lions, ICL World XI, Northern Districts


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Daryl Raymond Tuffey

Daryl Tuffey established a reputation as world cricket's first-over specialist. He developed an amazing penchant for taking wickets in the first over he bowls, both in Tests and one-day internationals. A strapping fast-medium bowler in the style of Richard Hadlee's partner of yesteryear Ewen Chatfield, Tuffey impresses as a stronger version and an admirable foil for fast bowler Shane Bond. After a quiet start, he settled into a quality groove as the sort of player capable of performing well on most surfaces. His finest hour to date was 6 for 54 to help New Zealand tie the three-Test series with England at Auckland in 2001-02. A regular member of both the Test and one-day side, he was picked for New Zealand's 2004 tour of England. However, he then suffered a series of serious injuries including, in 2005, a damaged shoulder which kept him out of the New Zealand side for the best part of two years. Consistent performances in state cricket kept him in the frame, but it was the injury to Kyle Mills which offered him a surprise recall for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and the 2007 World Cup. His results were distinctly underwhelming, however, and after one World Cup match he slipped quietly home mid-tournament with a recurrence of his previous shoulder injury.


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Full name Timothy Grant Southee


Born December 11, 1988, Whangarei, Northland


Major teams New Zealand, Chennai Super Kings, Essex, New Zealand Under-19s, Northern Districts


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Timothy Grant Southee

New Zealand's selectors monitored the progress of Tim Southee, a right-arm swing bowler, with great interest before handing him his Test debut against England in Napier while he was still 19. Southee responded with 5 for 55 before smashing 77 off 40 balls in the second innings with nine sixes to hint at a bright all-round future. He's seemed destined for an international career from his early days. He made his first-class debut for Northern Districts at the age of 18 in late 2006-07 and the next season showed significant promise, claiming 6 for 68 in a particularly impressive effort against Auckland. Named in the squad for the Under-19 World Cup, Southee received a major boost when he was called into the senior set-up for New Zealand's Twenty20 matches against England in early 2008. On debut, he took 1 for 38 in a losing cause at Eden Park. He was the second highest wicket-taker at the Under-19 World Cup in 2008 and won the Player-of-the-Tournament award for his 17 wickets which led New Zealand to the semi-finals. He'd barely had time to unpack his bags when a full call-up came his way and he didn't disappoint.


Posted by anccricket on October 29, 2008 at 10:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Andrew John McKay


Born April 17, 1980, Auckland


Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland Second XI, Wellington


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium

Andrew John McKay

A left-arm seamer, Andy McKay played five seasons for Auckland before shifting to Wellington during the 2009-10 season. McKay had his share of injury problems and even missed an entire season due to a side strain. But his career really took off from the 2007-08 season, when he bagged 24 first-class wickets and followed it up with a similar performance the next season. In his first season with Wellington, he was the joint leading wicket-taker in the one-day competition when the national selectors came calling, including him for the home ODIs against Bangladesh. It was his pace which really impressed his captain Daniel Vettori. Outside of cricket, McKay is a physiotherapist.