Full name Kenneth Robert Rutherford
Born October 26, 1965, Dunedin, Otago
Current age 51 years 275 days
Major teams New Zealand, Gauteng, Otago, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain, Mar 29-Apr 3, 1985 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Dunedin, Mar 18-22, 1995 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain, Mar 27, 1985 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Auckland, Apr 1, 1995 scorecard|
|First-class span||1982/83 - 1999/00|
|List A span||1983/84 - 1999/00|
A slim, balanced and attractive batsman, Ken Rutherford battled back from a dreadful start to his international career to become a regular in the New Zealand side. But there was always the feeling that he had not made the most of his considerable talent. In 1984-85, aged 19, he bagged a pair on debut and managed just 12 runs in seven innings, although it was against West Indies in their pomp and in the Caribbean. Thereafter he was frustratingly inconsistent. He scored three Test centuries, and in 1986 he smashed 317 at Scarborough Festival to show what he was all about - the innings included 199 between lunch and tea, his third hundred coming off 35 minutes off 33 balls. In between, however, there were more failures than there should have been. He captained New Zealand from 1992 to 1995, when he lost the job after a poor season. He captained Gauteng in South Africa, also had a spell as Ireland's coach, and rivalled Doug Walters as one of cricket's legendary punters.
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