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Bob Blair      

Full name Robert William Blair

Born June 23, 1932, Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington

Current age 83 years 341 days

Major teams New Zealand, Central Districts, Wellington

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 19 34 6 189 64* 6.75 0 1 2 5 0
First-class 119 172 36 1672 79 12.29 0 3 46 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 19 28 3525 1515 43 4/85 7/142 35.23 2.57 81.9 3 0 0
First-class 119 9961 537 9/72 18.54 41 12
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 6-10, 1953 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 13-17, 1964 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1951/52 - 1964/65
Profile

Bob Blair was a Wellington fast bowler who had the misfortune of playing in a poor New Zealand side. They lost 13 and won none of his 19 Tests, and Blair failed to take a five-for. As a lower-order batsman he was extremely erratic. He bagged three pairs, reached double figures in only two of his 34 Test innings, but managed to slap 64 not out against England at Wellington in 1962-63. Blair also famously held up an end against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1953-54, just after hearing that his fiancee had been killed in a train crash.
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New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year 1955

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