Stephen Boock      

Full name Stephen Lewis Boock

Born September 20, 1951, Dunedin, Otago

Current age 62 years 211 days

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Otago

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 30 41 8 207 37 6.27 0 0 0 14 0
ODIs 14 7 4 30 12 10.00 31 96.77 0 0 2 0 5 0
First-class 164 195 67 1092 37 8.53 0 0 83 0
List A 61 37 21 118 12 7.37 0 0 21 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 30 48 6598 2564 74 7/87 8/156 34.64 2.33 89.1 1 4 0
ODIs 14 13 700 513 15 3/28 3/28 34.20 4.39 46.6 0 0 0
First-class 164 14314 640 8/57 22.36 40 5
List A 61 3360 1832 80 4/16 4/16 22.90 3.27 42.0 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Wellington, Feb 10-15, 1978 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Feb 24-28, 1989 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v New Zealand at Scarborough, Jul 15, 1978 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v New Zealand at Chandigarh, Oct 27, 1987 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1973-1990
List A span 1973-1990
Profile

Wisden overview
Tall and curly haired, Stephen Boock was an orthodox slow left-armer with excellent control and considerable power of spin. Also an outstanding short-leg fieldsman, Boock (who pronounces his name to rhyme with "Hock") had the thrill of making his Test debut at Wellington in 1977-78, when New Zealand beat England for the first time. A few months later he returned the remarkable figures of 28-18-29-2 as England scored 429 at Trent Bridge. He played a prominent role in New Zealand's first series win over England in 1983-84, taking 4 for 37 in a one-sided match at Christchurch. But it was Boock's misfortune to coincide with an era favouring limited-overs cricket, a game not suited to his rather old-fashioned values: indeed he left one tour of Australia early, seeing no prospect of playing. A genuine tailender, he nevertheless batted grittily, and at Sydney in 1985-86 made 37 of a New Zealand record last-wicket partnership of 124.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins

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