Full name Graham Thorne Dowling
Born March 4, 1937, Christchurch, Canterbury
Current age 78 years 151 days
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Dec 26-29, 1961 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain, Mar 9-14, 1972 scorecard|
|First-class span||1958/59 - 1971/72|
|List A span||1969/70 - 1971/72|
|Test debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Perth, Dec 8-11, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 29-Jul 1, 2000 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Adelaide, Dec 15, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Mar 29, 1998 scorecard|
Graham Dowling, an accomplished opener and superb fielder, was a regular in the New Zealand side throughout the 1960s and a capable captain who led his country 19 times. He made three Test hundreds, all against India, with the highlights being when he scored 143 at Dunedin in 1967-68 and followed with 239 in 556 minutes at Christchurch to lead his side to their first win over the Indians (it was also his first game as captain). He finished the series with 471 runs at 58.87 and the season with 966 runs, at the time a New Zealand domestic record. In 1969 he had to have half a finger amputated after an accident while keeping wicket, and his career ended when he was forced out of New Zealand's 1971-72 Caribbean tour with serious back trouble. He subsequently became CEO of NZ Cricket.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?