Full name John Chaloner Alabaster
Born July 11, 1930, Invercargill, Southland
Current age 84 years 289 days
Major teams New Zealand, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Relation Brother - GD Alabaster
|Test debut||Pakistan v New Zealand at Karachi, Oct 13-17, 1955 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain, Mar 9-14, 1972 scorecard|
|First-class span||1955/56 - 1971/72|
A legbreak bowler, the best New Zealand have produced, and an occasionally useful batsman, Jack Alabaster toured India and Pakistan in 1955-56, England in 1958, South Africa in 1961-62 ... and West Indies in 1971-72. He reached his peak in South Africa, where, in all first-class matches, he took 86 wickets, more than anyone else, and scored 296 handy runs as well. And in the five Tests he took 22 wickets, helping New Zealand to square a series for the first time.
Adapted by Wisden from World Cricketers: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996).
Dale Steyn on relationships, his beard, how growing up in the bush shaped him, and what attracted him to fast bowling
Attacking play - particularly bowling - has been the team's hallmark down the decades, but not anymore it would seem
Do fast bowlers need verbal fisticuffs to generate aggression? Does sending a nightwatchman in always make sense? Is surpassing 100mph even possible?
Azhar Ali's early steps in captaincy will be analysed extensively but he needs time to step out of the large shadows of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi
We thought it would be a fun exercise to pick a dream XI from the support staff on duty with the IPL franchises this season. The only rule: everyone on the team should have played international cricket. Here goes ...
For New Zealand's wild child, there is probably no better place than county cricket right now
His current game is extremely premeditated, so as to delay taking risks, and it robs the innings of all natural flow