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Full name Brent John Arnel


Born January 3, 1979, Te Awamutu, Waikato


Major teams New Zealand, Northern Districts


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Brent John Arnel

As a 10-year-old, Brent Arnel was kicked out of junior cricket because he bowled too fast and he was soon up against college-level players. Being pushed into the deep end so early, he recalls, helped him in the long run. Arnel is a product of a small-town upbringing, but access to facilities was never a problem because his parents owned a few indoor cricket schools in the area. It later came down to a choice between a career in cricket or basketball but he chose the former when Northern Districts came calling. He made his debut in the 2006-07 season, playing four games, but his best performance was reserved for the following season. Arnel topped the wicket charts in the State Championships with 33 wickets and his performance earned him a place in the New Zealand A squad for the tour of India. His impressive performances for the A squad against the England Lions in 2009 led to a call-up to the New Zealand Test squad against India. He didn't get a game, but earned another Test call-up the following year, against Bangladesh, as a replacement for the injured Andy McKay.


Posted by anccricket on October 29, 2008 at 10:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Jacob David Philip Oram


Born July 28, 1978, Palmerston North, Manawatu


Major teams New Zealand, Central Districts, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium


Height 1.98 m



Jacob David Philip Oram

It is hard to miss Jacob Oram on the pitch, and not just because of his 1.98m height. He has a high degree of agility in the field, where his skills were developed as a schoolboy representative soccer goalkeeper, and he complements that with solid medium-fast bowling skills and a naturally aggressive approach with the bat. Foot problems during the summer of 2001-02 meant he missed a season at a vital stage of his development, but he came back strongly in 2002-03 and sealed a place for himself in both the Test and one-day international sides. In 2003-04, he narrowly missed out on a century, as he struck 97 against Pakistan. But in the first Test against South Africa, he carved 119 not out and then 90 in the second Test, which earned him a touring spot for the England series in 2004. Oram continued to acquit himself well, and maintained his place for the Bangladesh tour in 2004-05. After suffering a stress reaction to a back injury, he missed Australia's tour of New Zealand in 2005 but returned to hit a delightful hundred, his third in Tests, against South Africa at Centurion in April 2006. His one-day game peaked at the CB Series in 2006-07, where his impressive striking rattled both England and Australia. His first ODI century, an amazing 101 from 72 balls against Australia, almost got New Zealand over the line in a huge run-chase at Perth. He broke the ring finger on his left hand taking a catch on the boundary in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series soon after but made it to the World Cup. His comment that he would 'chop off his finger' to play sparked frenzied reaction in the media but was meant in jest and he went on to average 33 with the bat and 25 with the ball as New Zealand reached the semi-finals. His ongoing injury problems prompted him to retire from Test cricket in 2009, though he intended to play on in Twenty20 and one-day internationals, as well as for Chennai in the IPL.


Posted by anccricket on October 29, 2008 at 10:43 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name James Edward Charles Franklin


Born November 7, 1980, Wellington


Major teams New Zealand, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Mumbai Indians, Wellington


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium


Relation Aunt - JM Coulston

James Edward Charles Franklin

A left-arm medium-fast bowler who can swing the ball, James Franklin was introduced to international cricket when barely out of his teens after New Zealand suffered a run of injuries. Franklin made his one-day debut in 2000-01, and played two home Tests against Pakistan the same season, but struggled to make an impact and lost his place after the Sharjah Cup in April 2002. Back in domestic cricket he worked on his batting, which he had neglected, and filled out generally. He returned to the side in England in 2004. He was playing league cricket in Lancashire, but was called up when Shane Bond went home with a back injury. Franklin was included for the third Test at Trent Bridge, and although New Zealand lost he did his cause no harm with six wickets, five of them Test century-makers. He stayed on for the one-dayers that followed, and picked up the match award at Chester-le-Street for his 5 for 42 as England were skittled for 101. He was retained for the tour of Bangladesh, and took a hat-trick at Dhaka. Back home he took 6 for 119 against Australia in March 2005, and bowled superbly - getting the ball to reverse-swing - against Sri Lanka a month later, although his figures didn't reflect his excellence. More wickets followed against West Indies, then in April 2006 Franklin did his allrounder claims no harm with an unbeaten 122 - and a stand of 256 with Stephen Fleming - against South Africa at Cape Town. A knee injury hampered his 2006-07 season and he underwent surgery for a patella tendon injury in his right knee. Franklin eased back into competitive cricket by playing Twenty20 and one-day games for Australian Capital Territory and representing New Zealand in the Emerging Players tour of Queensland in October 2008. He made his first-class comeback for Wellington in November with 69 and 4 for 56 in his team's innings victory over Canterbury.


Posted by anccricket on October 29, 2008 at 10:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Brendon Barrie McCullum


Born September 27, 1981, Dunedin, Otago


Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Glamorgan, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders, New South Wales, Otago, Sussex


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Fielding position Wicketkeeper


Relation Father - SJ McCullum, Brother - NL McCullum

Brendon Barrie McCullum

Brash, brutal and brilliant to watch, Brendon McCullum can bruise bowling attacks like few other men in international cricket. A wicketkeeper-batsman, McCullum has been used as an opener in the shorter formats and lower down in Tests, but whenever he arrives at the crease it's impossible to look away. He muscles balls over both sides of the field and was responsible for getting the IPL off to an electrifying start, lighting up the tournament's first match with 158 and showing what the format had to offer.


He also became the second man, after Chris Gayle, to score a Twenty20 international century when he brazenly scooped 155kph offerings from Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes over the wicketkeeper's head in Christchurch in 2009-10. McCullum describes himself as "brash" and that innings was the proof, but he has also been a key part of New Zealand's Test team since 2004. In the longer format he has generally batted at No. 7 and in his second series, entertained the crowd with 96 at Lord's.


His first two Test centuries came against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and there were questions over his performances against tougher opponents. Eventually, five years after his Test debut, he raised his bat against one of the top teams with 115 against India in Napier. It kicked off an excellent 12-month period during which McCullum scored three Test centuries and averaged 48.60. A reliable wicketkeeper, McCullum first made the ODI team as a batsman only and in recent times he has expressed a desire to give up the gloves and focus on his batting. Nevertheless, he has the most dismissals of any New Zealand wicketkeeper in ODIs and will overtake Adam Parore's mark of 201 in Tests, if he stays behind the stumps.


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Full name Shane Edward Bond


Born June 7, 1975, Christchurch, Canterbury


Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Delhi Giants, Hampshire, Kolkata Knight Riders, Warwickshire


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast

Shane Edward Bond

Fast, fearsome and frustratingly fragile, Shane Bond will be remembered as much for his misfortune with injuries as for his wonderful ability. Bond was New Zealand's best pace bowler in the post-Hadlee era, but missed more games than he played.


At times it seemed less like injuries interrupting Bond's career as Bond's occasional cricket matches interrupting his downtime. The most serious was a back problem in 2003 that led to nearly two years out and an operation in which his spine was fused with titanium wire. There were also various issues with knees, feet and other body parts, but Bond's desire to play could never be questioned. Some of the trouble came from his unwillingness to reduce his intensity; had he been happy to drop his pace and take things easier, he might have played more cricket.


That he didn't take that path said much about his competitive nature; the game always lifted a notch when he had the ball. His athletic action was geared towards inswing and his 150-plus kph efforts meant the ball would swing late. Toe-crushing yorkers were a specialty and he feasted on the world's best batsmen; Ricky Ponting fell to Bond in all of the first six ODIs they played against each other. Bond always lifted against Australia, and it was a sign of his great skill that he took 44 ODI wickets at 15.79 against them. That included a hat-trick in Hobart in 2006-07 and one of Bond's personal favourites, his 6 for 23 against the eventual champions in the 2003 World Cup.


He helped New Zealand to a World Cup semi-final four years later, before signing with the ICL, which led to his being ostracised from international cricket for two years. He returned in late 2009 with enough fuel for one final match-winning performance in the Dunedin Test against Pakistan, but within a year had retired from all forms of the game as his body told him enough was enough.


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Full name Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor


Born March 8, 1984, Lower Hutt, Wellington


Major teams New Zealand, Australian Capital Territory, Central Districts, Central Districts Under-19s, Durham, New Zealand Emerging Players, New Zealand Under-19s, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Victoria


Playing role Middle-order batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor

Ross Taylor could be just what New Zealand need in the wake of the mass of departures from their batting line-up: an aggressive top-order batsman capable of taking up the challenge to world-class attacks. He made a flying start to the domestic 2005-06 season, with three centuries, and was soon in his country's limited-overs side. In only his third match, Taylor hammered a superb 128 against Sri Lanka at Napier and he followed it up with 84 at better than a run a ball in his first ODI outside New Zealand, at Hobart against Australia in January 2007. But in both matches he suffered from cramps and would be keen to eradicate that problem as he strives for more lengthy innings. He scores heavily from the pull and from slog-sweeping the spinners and his free-flowing game has made him a hit with crowds. There was evidence of that during the IPL and Champions League when the Bangalore crowds cheered him as their 'local' hero.


Given New Zealand's lack of Tests it wasn't until the 2007-08 tour of South Africa that Taylor made his debut and he struggled against the extra bounce. Back at home he was dropped against Bangladesh, but return in style against England with his maiden century, 120, at Hamilton and then followed that with a memorable 154 at Old Trafford, confirming he now carries New Zealand's batting hopes. A leadership role wasn't too far away and he was named captain for the tri-series in Sri Lanka in 2010 after Vettori and McCullum opted out.


Posted by anccricket on October 29, 2008 at 12:07 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Bradley-John Watling


Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa


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


Batting style Right-hand bat


Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Bradley-John Watling

A right-handed opening batsman and part-time wicketkeeper, Bradley-John Watling spent his early years in Durban, South Africa, before moving to New Zealand as a ten-year-old. He was part of the Under-19 squad for the World Cup in Bangladesh in 2003-04 before making it to the Northern Districts squad. He was the second-highest run-scorer for his state team in his third season (2006-07) with 564 runs at 37.60. He was in prime form during the one-day State Shield competition in 2008-09 with 509 runs at a stunning 63.62 and that helped him earn a place in the New Zealand one-day squad for the ODIs in the UAE against Pakistan. Watling plays hockey in winter to take his mind away from cricket.


Posted by anccricket on October 29, 2008 at 12:06 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Jesse Daniel Ryder


Born August 6, 1984, Masterton, Wellington


Major teams Ireland, New Zealand, Central Districts, New Zealand A, New Zealand Under-19s, Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Wellington


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Education Napier Boys High

Jesse Daniel Ryder

Jesse Ryder's troubled upbringing and weight issues have been well documented. A hard-hitting batsman and useful seamer, he seemed to have an international career with New Zealand ahead of him after a successful start to his first-class career and call-ups to the A team. However, he was continually overlooked for the national squad and refused to attend a training camp for a 30-man World Cup squad. His image as a bit of a wild-boy didn't help, but later in 2007 he told the selectors he wouldn't be available for the New Zealand A tour of Australia after signing as one of Ireland's overseas players. That relationship was brief, ending after three weeks when he failed to turn up for a match against Surrey. He finally got his wish of a national call-up in January 2008, when he was named in the ODI and Twenty20 squads to take on England and he quickly showed that he has the potential to be an explosive opening batsman - and he's a useful occasional medium-pacer as well. Ryder impressed with 196 runs at 49 in the five ODIs against England but ruined his chances of a trip for the return series by putting a hand through a glass window, after an evening of apparent drinking. The action came down for heavy criticism from New Zealand Cricket and Ryder was expected to be out for three months. However, the selectors showed faith in him with a national contract for 2008-09, and was selected in New Zealand's one-day squad for their tour of England, but Ryder was still injured and left on the sidelines. He had to wait till the tour of Bangladesh for his comeback and made his Test debut in the Chittagong Test. The selectors' faith was rewarded when he scored his maiden Test century - albeit in a losing cause - against India at Hamilton in March 2009, and followed up with an accomplished 201 in the second Test of the series at Napier. His accomplishments earned him an IPL contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore that year.


Posted by anccricket on October 29, 2008 at 12:04 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Kyle David Mills


Born March 15, 1979, Aucklands


Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Kings XI Punjab, Lincolnshire, Mumbai Indians


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Kyle David Mills

Injuries at an inopportune time affected Kyle Mills's prospects of making a more significant start to his international career. While he was recovering, Shane Bond, Ian Butler and Jacob Oram seized their opportunities, making it harder for Mills to force his way back. In and out of the team after the 2003 World Cup in which he made only one fleeting, wicketless appearance - he marked another comeback, against Pakistan in 2003-04, by picking up a reprimand for excessive appealing. However, he did enough to earn a call-up for the tour of England in 2004, and made his Test debut in the third match at Trent Bridge. But he picked up a side strain during the game, and was forced to fly home and miss the NatWest Series. That was a shame, as one-day cricket is really his forte: he played throughout the 2005-06 season, chipping in with wickets in almost every game, even if his once-promising batting had diminished to the point that he managed double figures only once in 16 matches. A feisty temper remains, though: Stephen Fleming had to pull him away from Graeme Smith during a bad-tempered one-day series towards the end of 2005. Mills returned to South Africa for the Tests early in 2006, and picked up eight wickets in the two matches he played, almost doubling his career tally. He played in the 2006 Champions Trophy, but his injury jinx struck again and he was ruled out of the 2007 World Cup with a serious knee problem.


Posted by anccricket on October 29, 2008 at 12:03 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Timothy Gavin McIntosh


Born December 4, 1979, Auckland


Major teams New Zealand, Auckland


Batting style Left-hand bat

Timothy Gavin McIntosh

A left-handed opening batsman, Tim McIntosh earned a call-up to the New Zealand Test squad at the age of 29, to face the touring West Indians. He made his debut for Auckland in 1998-99 but played only a handful of matches in his first two seasons. His consistency stood out in the next three seasons for the Aces and in 2002-03, amassed 820 runs at 58.57. He had a forgettable season with Canterbury in 2004-05 but ironically, his highest first-class score of 268 came against them. A sound start to the 2008-09 season caught the eye of the selectors who were looking to revamp New Zealand's struggling top order. After a nervous debut Test in Dunedin, he hit a patient century in the following game in Napier. McIntosh is largely regarded as a four-day specialist, a graduate of the 'Mark Richardson School of Batting.'