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Full name John Morton Parker
Born February 21, 1951, Dannevirke, Manawatu
Current age 64 years 34 days
Major teams New Zealand, Northern Districts, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Feb 2-5, 1973 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 1980 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch, Mar 31, 1974 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Feb 3, 1981 scorecard|
|First-class span||1971 - 1983/84|
|List A span||1972 - 1983/84|
The youngest of three brothers who all played first-class cricket, John Parker made up his mind to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Turner. A determined, if limited, batsman with a short backlift and plenty of pluck, he was also a fine fielder who could keep wicket if needed. In 1971 he paid his way to England, and had a successful trial at Worcester, scoring 91 on his first appearance. His eventual Test debut -- against Pakistan in 1972-73 -- was not so successful, as he broke a bone in his hand while fielding and was unable to bat. He redeemed himself after a miserable tour of England by scoring 108 against Australia at Sydney in 1973-74, and he was a member of the side which that same season beat Australia for the first time, at Christchurch. However, he was inconsistent as an opener, and did better when he dropped down the batting order. Vice-captain to Turner in Pakistan and India in 1976-77, Parker led his country in one match, against Pakistan at Karachi. He later became an amusing TV commentator.
Adapted by Wisden from World Cricketers: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996).
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.