James Franklin September 26, 2010

Aunts and tons and other things

The New Zealand quick on hat-tricks, souvenirs and cricketing relatives

First hat-trick
The Test hat-trick against Bangladesh was my first first-class hat-trick. It was disbelief at first. I didn't know what to make of it. I can remember the guy [Tapash Baisya] leaving the ball and I'd been bowling inswingers all the time to the right-handers, so I don't know what he was thinking, but obviously he did me the favour of giving me a Test hat-trick.

First member of the family to play for New Zealand
My aunt, Jean Coulston, my mother's brother's wife. She played for New Zealand in the 1950s. She used to tell me a little bit as a teenager. She ended up having five boys herself and they were all into playing a bit of backyard cricket.

First cricket souvenir
As a kid, Robert Vance used to play for my local club team. I remember when he played for New Zealand in a series, he came back to the club one Saturday. I was milling around at the park and he gave me a Test shirt. That was the earliest souvenir from an international cricketer that I can remember. I can be a bit of a hoarder of memorabilia. I think it's at my parents' place now.

First first-class hundred
It took me a wee while to get it. It was down at Carisbrook, in Dunedin, against Otago, back in about 2003. I played a fair few games before that, so it took me a while. It took me a while on the day as well, because I was pretty determined to get it. I don't remember the shot that brought it up but I do remember I spent a long time at the crease to get it.

First (legal) ball in a World Cup
It was to Ed Joyce. I think it was a wide half-tracker that he seemed to try and cut and nicked straight to Brendon McCullum, which I was very thankful for. It got the team off to a good start and I think we ended up winning that game. There was a wide before it, though.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • ilovetests on September 27, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    I see that Franklin is looking at playing as opening batsman who bowls. Is he good enough to be another Shane Watson?? With the sheer numbers of allrounders/slash bowlers who can bat in NZ (Vettori, injury prone Oram, Styris, Elliot, Williamson, Ryder, Mills, even Tuffey), opening might be his best chance to get back in the NZ team.

    Point 2: Your link is to the wrong Robert Vance. I think Franklin would've meant 'Bert' Vance (his son).

  • on September 26, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Hey James, Do you know you look so much like Indian Movie star Hrithik Roshan.. on the funny side, I can be your agent for Indian advertising and moreover I live in Auckland, so can be on the pulse all the time.. he he...

  • on September 26, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    James Franklin is just GREAT :_)

  • ilovetests on September 27, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    I see that Franklin is looking at playing as opening batsman who bowls. Is he good enough to be another Shane Watson?? With the sheer numbers of allrounders/slash bowlers who can bat in NZ (Vettori, injury prone Oram, Styris, Elliot, Williamson, Ryder, Mills, even Tuffey), opening might be his best chance to get back in the NZ team.

    Point 2: Your link is to the wrong Robert Vance. I think Franklin would've meant 'Bert' Vance (his son).

  • on September 26, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Hey James, Do you know you look so much like Indian Movie star Hrithik Roshan.. on the funny side, I can be your agent for Indian advertising and moreover I live in Auckland, so can be on the pulse all the time.. he he...

  • on September 26, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    James Franklin is just GREAT :_)

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  • on September 26, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    James Franklin is just GREAT :_)

  • on September 26, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Hey James, Do you know you look so much like Indian Movie star Hrithik Roshan.. on the funny side, I can be your agent for Indian advertising and moreover I live in Auckland, so can be on the pulse all the time.. he he...

  • ilovetests on September 27, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    I see that Franklin is looking at playing as opening batsman who bowls. Is he good enough to be another Shane Watson?? With the sheer numbers of allrounders/slash bowlers who can bat in NZ (Vettori, injury prone Oram, Styris, Elliot, Williamson, Ryder, Mills, even Tuffey), opening might be his best chance to get back in the NZ team.

    Point 2: Your link is to the wrong Robert Vance. I think Franklin would've meant 'Bert' Vance (his son).