Tony Blain      

Full name Tony Elston Blain

Born February 17, 1962, Nelson, Nelson

Current age 52 years 147 days

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Central Districts

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Coach, Commentator

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 11 20 3 456 78 26.82 1201 37.96 0 2 62 4 19 2
ODIs 38 38 11 442 49* 16.37 662 66.76 0 0 27 4 37 1
First-class 118 199 30 5749 161 34.01 8 32 210 26
List A 110 102 22 1726 70 21.57 0 6 108 16
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 11 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 38 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 118 174 128 2 1/12 64.00 4.41 87.0 0 0
List A 110 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 21-26, 1986 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Feb 24-28, 1994 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v Australia at Dunedin, Mar 19, 1986 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Mar 13, 1994 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1982-1995
List A span 1982-1995
Profile

A polished right-hand batsman and sound wicketkeeper, Tony Blain suffered from being an almost permanent understudy, first to Ian Smith and then Adam Parore. His opportunities were limited. He made his Test debut against England at The Oval in 1986 - Smith was injured - and scored a battling 37 but spilt a swirling skyer from Ian Botham. He next played twice against India in 1988-89, and had a final eight-match run in the side in 1992 with home and away matches against Australia and a tour to Pakistan. He also played 38 ODIs in two spells, the first between March 1986 and December 1988 and the second between March 1993 and March 1994. Initially at Central Districts, Blain was again blocked by Smith so he switched to Canterbury where he helped them win the Shell Trophy in 1983-84 . But he was again unable to command a place in the side and so returned to Central Districts, initially as a specialist batsman who stood in for Smith as and when he was on New Zealand duty, and then as first-choice keeper when Smith moved to Auckland at the end of the 1986-87 season. After retiring, Blain did some coaching as well as commentary work.
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