Full name Tony Elston Blain
Born February 17, 1962, Nelson, Nelson
Current age 54 years 163 days
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Central Districts
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Other Coach, Commentator
|Test debut||England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 21-26, 1986 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Feb 24-28, 1994 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Australia at Dunedin, Mar 19, 1986 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Mar 13, 1994 scorecard|
|First-class span||1982/83 - 1994/95|
|List A span||1982/83 - 1994/95|
A polished right-hand batsman and sound wicketkeeper, Tony Blain suffered from being an almost permanent understudy, first to Ian Smith and then Adam Parore. His opportunities were limited. He made his Test debut against England at The Oval in 1986 - Smith was injured - and scored a battling 37 but spilt a swirling skyer from Ian Botham. He next played twice against India in 1988-89, and had a final eight-match run in the side in 1992 with home and away matches against Australia and a tour to Pakistan. He also played 38 ODIs in two spells, the first between March 1986 and December 1988 and the second between March 1993 and March 1994. Initially at Central Districts, Blain was again blocked by Smith so he switched to Canterbury where he helped them win the Shell Trophy in 1983-84 . But he was again unable to command a place in the side and so returned to Central Districts, initially as a specialist batsman who stood in for Smith as and when he was on New Zealand duty, and then as first-choice keeper when Smith moved to Auckland at the end of the 1986-87 season. After retiring, Blain did some coaching as well as commentary work.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"