Lance Cairns      

Full name Bernard Lance Cairns

Born October 10, 1949, Picton, Marlborough

Current age 68 years 8 days

Major teams New Zealand, Central Districts, Durham, Minor Counties, Northern Districts, Otago

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Relation Son - CL Cairns

Bernard Lance Cairns
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 43 65 8 928 64 16.28 0 2 28 30 0
ODIs Insights on odi 78 65 6 987 60 16.72 941 104.88 0 2 19 0
First-class 148 226 25 4165 110 20.72 1 23 89 0
List A 130 114 10 1885 95 18.12 0 9 37 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 43 72 10628 4280 130 7/74 10/144 32.92 2.41 81.7 5 6 1
ODIs Insights on odi 78 75 4015 2717 89 5/28 5/28 30.52 4.06 45.1 2 1 0
First-class 148 31722 12544 473 8/46 26.52 2.37 67.0 24 5
List A 130 6856 4384 167 5/28 5/28 26.25 3.83 41.0 5 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide, Jan 26-31, 1974 scorecard
Last Test Australia v New Zealand at Perth, Nov 30-Dec 4, 1985 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v Australia at Dunedin, Mar 30, 1974 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v New Zealand at Bridgetown, Apr 23, 1985 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1971/72 - 1984/85
List A span 1972/73 - 1988
Profile

Coming from Spring Creek, a Marlborough hamlet, Lance Cairns was the rawest of cricketers. The first Test he saw was the first one he played in. He had no idea that his awkward wrong-footed delivery was not the orthodox bowling action. But soon Cairns' ability to bowl big inswingers, and batsmanship born of broad shoulders and a good eye, made him a crowd-pleasing match-winner. He carried a wooden club, rather than a bat, with cutaway shoulders and bearing the name Excalibur - a massive blade that carved six sixes in one memorable one-day international against Australia at Melbourne. And one Christchurch day when New Zealand were waiting for Lancaster Park to dry out, Lance Cairns was bowling on the outfield to a classy 14-year-old - the Chris Cairns who in a decade or so would surpass his father's famous deeds.
Wisden Cricinfo staff

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Mar 13, 2005

Lance Cairns

Lance Cairns

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Jul 14, 1983

Slips cast: Lance Cairns, Jeff Crowe, Jeremy Coney and Geoff Howarth, England v New Zealand, 1st Test, The Oval, 1st day, July 14, 1983

Slips cast: Lance Cairns, Jeff Crowe, Jeremy Coney and Geoff Howarth

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Feb 1983

Lance Cairns uses the Excalibur bat during a one-day international, 1983

Lance Cairns uses the Excalibur bat during a one-day international

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