Full name Lee Kenneth Germon
Born November 4, 1968, Christchurch, Canterbury
Current age 48 years 140 days
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||India v New Zealand at Bengaluru, Oct 18-20, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Feb 6-10, 1997 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Bloemfontein, Dec 8, 1994 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Mar 4, 1997 scorecard|
|First-class span||1987/88 - 2001/02|
|List A span||1987/88 - 2001/02|
After the controversy during the tour of RSA in 1994-5 and the poor form
during the home centenary season immediately following that, the administration of the New Zealand game at the top level fell apart. Part of the shake-up involved appointing a new coach (Glenn Turner) and this, in turn, led to a change of New Zealand captain. Turner wanted someone with proven leadership skills, who had the respect of the players, and who could maintain discipline both on and off the field by his own example. He had no hesitation in going for Lee Germon, a player with no previous Test experience, but who had been on the tour of South Africa and had proven leadership skills at provincial level. With Canterbury, he was required to take over an ailing team, many of whom were more experienced, and he did an excellent job of moulding them into the best provincial team in the country. He was a keeper who can bat in the lower-middle order, and a place was found for him in the team by converting Adam Parore into a specialist batsman. As a keeper he was a good, if inconsistent, player and he was better standing up. Much of his inconsistency as a keeper could be put
down to that. As a batsman he loved to pepper the boundary square on the
off side off the back foot, and his batting form as captain in India was
ample proof of his ability to lead by example. At ODI level, with the side in
desperate need of a No. 3, Germon was occasionally pressed into service in this
role. Against Australia in the 1996 World Cup quarter-final he was outstandingly
successful at No. 3, sharing in a huge partnership with Chris Harris. In 1997 his form fell away under new coach Steve Rixon and he started to lose some of the players' respect. With Turner not involved in either coaching or selection he lost his place in the side.
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?