|Test debut||New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Feb 21-25, 1964 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v India at Auckland, Mar 7-12, 1968 scorecard|
|First-class span||1957/58 - 1970/71|
John Ward was a reliable wicketkeeper and a solid, if not hugely successful, tailender who never quite live dup to his early promise - he was picked to tour South Africa after only two first-class matches. From the late fifties through to the mid sixties he was a semi-permanent member of the New Zealand squad, but had to wait until 1963-64 to make his debut, and although he kept efficiently, he was never able to command a regular place in the side.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane
The pairing of legspinner and keeper is unlike any other in cricket, and full of rich and complex dynamics