Full name Bernard Lance Cairns
Born October 10, 1949, Picton, Marlborough
Current age 70 years 5 days
Major teams New Zealand, Central Districts, Durham, Minor Counties, Northern Districts, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Relation Son - CL Cairns
|Test debut||Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide, Jan 26-31, 1974 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v New Zealand at Perth, Nov 30-Dec 4, 1985 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Australia at Dunedin, Mar 30, 1974 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v New Zealand at Bridgetown, Apr 23, 1985 scorecard|
|First-class span||1971/72 - 1984/85|
|List A span||1972/73 - 1988|
Coming from Spring Creek, a Marlborough hamlet, Lance Cairns was the rawest of cricketers. The first Test he saw was the first one he played in.
He had no idea that his awkward wrong-footed delivery was not the orthodox bowling action. But soon Cairns' ability to bowl big inswingers, and batsmanship born of broad shoulders and a good eye, made him a crowd-pleasing match-winner. He carried a wooden club, rather than a bat, with cutaway shoulders and bearing the name Excalibur - a massive blade that carved six sixes in one memorable one-day international against Australia at Melbourne. And one Christchurch day when New Zealand were waiting for Lancaster Park to dry out, Lance Cairns was bowling on the outfield to a classy 14-year-old - the Chris Cairns who in a decade or so would surpass his father's famous deeds.
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