Full name Jeremy Vernon Coney
Born June 21, 1952, Wellington
Current age 63 years 73 days
Major teams New Zealand, Wellington
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relation Brother - CJ Coney
|Test debut||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Jan 5-10, 1974 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, Mar 12-15, 1987 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Nottingham, Jun 9, 1979 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, Mar 28, 1987 scorecard|
|First-class span||1971/72 - 1986/87|
|List A span||1972/73 - 1986/87|
A very tall, fit, and enthusiastic allrounder, Jeremy Coney was an organised and correct batsman, a steady medium-pacer and a fine fielder, who became an exceptionally astute captain. He had appeared in Tests against all the other countries before taking over from Geoff Howarth in Pakistan in 1984-85. Very determined, he tended to produce his best when the chips were down. A good musician and a qualified teacher, he became a regular selection after a successful home series against Pakistan in 1978-79, and was an important member of the team that reached the semi-finals of the 1979 World Cup. Consistent batting, including a record seventh-wicket stand with Geoff Howarth, helped New Zealand to a shock series victory over West Indies in 1979-80, but it was not until the first Test against England in 1983-84 that he finally registered a maiden Test century, a painstaking eight-hour match-saving marathon of 174 not out. He further enhanced his reputation by leading New Zealand to a first series win in England, in 1986, endearing himself to spectators by his sunny disposition. When Bruce French was felled by a Hadlee bouncer at Lord's, it was Coney who permitted England to play two substitute wicketkeepers. He was awarded an MBE in 1986, and became a successful TV and radio sports commentator and presenter. Shrewd and witty, he was streets ahead of most other players-turned-pundits.
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