Full name John Francis Maclean Morrison
Born August 27, 1947, Wellington
Current age 68 years 306 days
Major teams New Zealand, Central Districts, Wellington
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Dec 29, 1973 - Jan 2, 1974 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch, Mar 19-22, 1982 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Mar 9, 1975 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Mar 17, 1983 scorecard|
|First-class span||1965/66 - 1983/84|
|List A span||1970/71 - 1983/84|
John Morrison scored a second-innings century against Australia in his second Test. Thanks to two washed-out days in that match, though, the highlight of his 17-Test career didn't result in a victory. He opened in 10 of his Tests, and batted in the middle order in the rest. He went missing after the third Test against India in Chennai in 1976, but made a comeback in 1982 during the home series against Australia, with little success. Not being picked for the World Cup in 1983 proved to be the end of his international career. Outside international cricket, though, he led Wellington to multiple national titles, and later served as a coach and selector too.
As a commentator and an after-dinner speaker, Mystery (the nickname came from how befuddled some observers were that he got wickets with his innocuous slow left-arm bowling) built something of a cult following in New Zealand with his dry wit and many anecdotes.
Currently he is a Wellington City Councillor, and is also on the boards of the Basin Reserve and Westpac Stadium in Wellington. In 2009 he was awarded the MNZM, a queen's honour - Member of the New Zealand order of Merit for services to cricket and community.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane