Full name John Morton Parker
Born February 21, 1951, Dannevirke, Manawatu
Current age 68 years 146 days
Major teams New Zealand, Northern Districts, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Feb 2-5, 1973 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 1980 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch, Mar 31, 1974 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Feb 3, 1981 scorecard|
|First-class span||1971 - 1983/84|
|List A span||1972 - 1983/84|
The youngest of three brothers who all played first-class cricket, John Parker made up his mind to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Turner. A determined, if limited, batsman with a short backlift and plenty of pluck, he was also a fine fielder who could keep wicket if needed. In 1971 he paid his way to England, and had a successful trial at Worcester, scoring 91 on his first appearance. His eventual Test debut -- against Pakistan in 1972-73 -- was not so successful, as he broke a bone in his hand while fielding and was unable to bat. He redeemed himself after a miserable tour of England by scoring 108 against Australia at Sydney in 1973-74, and he was a member of the side which that same season beat Australia for the first time, at Christchurch. However, he was inconsistent as an opener, and did better when he dropped down the batting order. Vice-captain to Turner in Pakistan and India in 1976-77, Parker led his country in one match, against Pakistan at Karachi. He later became an amusing TV commentator.
Adapted by Wisden from World Cricketers: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996).