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Full name Stephen Lewis Boock
Born September 20, 1951, Dunedin, Otago
Current age 63 years 189 days
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Feb 10-15, 1978 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Feb 24-28, 1989 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v New Zealand at Scarborough, Jul 15, 1978 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Chandigarh, Oct 27, 1987 scorecard|
|First-class span||1973/74 - 1989/90|
|List A span||1973/74 - 1989/90|
Tall and curly haired, Stephen Boock was an orthodox slow left-armer with excellent control and considerable power of spin. Also an outstanding short-leg fieldsman, Boock (who pronounces his name to rhyme with "Hock") had the thrill of making his Test debut at Wellington in 1977-78, when New Zealand beat England for the first time. A few months later he returned the remarkable figures of 28-18-29-2 as England scored 429 at Trent Bridge. He played a prominent role in New Zealand's first series win over England in 1983-84, taking 4 for 37 in a one-sided match at Christchurch. But it was Boock's misfortune to coincide with an era favouring limited-overs cricket, a game not suited to his rather old-fashioned values: indeed he left one tour of Australia early, seeing no prospect of playing. A genuine tailender, he nevertheless batted grittily, and at Sydney in 1985-86 made 37 of a New Zealand record last-wicket partnership of 124.
Adapted by Wisden from World Cricketers: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996).
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