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Geoff Howarth      

Full name Geoffrey Philip Howarth

Born March 29, 1951, Auckland

Current age 63 years 174 days

Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Northern Districts, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Coach

Relation Brother - HJ Howarth

Geoffrey Philip Howarth
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 47 83 5 2531 147 32.44 6 11 1 29 0
ODIs 70 65 5 1384 76 23.06 2301 60.14 0 6 16 0
First-class 338 584 42 17294 183 31.90 32 88 229 0
List A 279 263 12 6016 122 23.96 2 29 76 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 47 20 614 271 3 1/13 1/13 90.33 2.64 204.6 0 0 0
ODIs 70 7 90 68 3 1/4 1/4 22.66 4.53 30.0 0 0 0
First-class 338 8525 3596 112 5/32 32.10 2.53 76.1 1 0
List A 279 682 487 24 4/16 4/16 20.29 4.28 28.4 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 20-25, 1975 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v New Zealand at Kingston, May 4-8, 1985 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v England at Dunedin, Mar 8, 1975 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v New Zealand at Bridgetown, Apr 23, 1985 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1971-1986
List A span 1971-1986
Profile

One of New Zealand's first fully professional cricketers, Geoff Howarth overcame many disappointments to become a successful Test batsman and an outstanding captain. A neat right-hander with some delightful off-side strokes, he was especially severe on the half-volley, which he would drive unerringly. The younger brother of Hedley Howarth, Geoff was also a fine fielder and a useful offspinner. In 1969 he started a long and frustrating apprenticeship at Surrey, and it was not until 1972-73 that he represented a New Zealand provincial side. Useful performances in the Prudential World Cup of 1975 hinted at his quality, but it was not until 1977-78, possibly his last chance, that he revealed his true ability. He scored 122 and 102 against England at Auckland, saving New Zealand on a worsening wicket. Confident, and sure of his place at last, he kept New Zealand afloat in a seething tide of English seamers in 1978, and in 1980 he captained New Zealand to an outstanding series win over West Indies. Further triumphs followed, including the first win on English soil in 52 years, and Howarth's astute captaincy and personable nature had a lot to do with it. His career ended in a sad anticlimax in 1985. By then wearing glasses, he was supposedly Surrey's captain, but was not chosen for any Championship matches. Nor was he reinstated as captain of New Zealand. He was awarded the MBE in 1981, and the OBE in 1984, and for a time in the early 1990s was coach and manager of the national team.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins

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Aug 15, 2009

The All-Star England team pose for the cameras, Interlaken, August 15, 2009

The All-Star England team pose for the cameras

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Geoff Howarth

Geoff Howarth

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Geoff Howarth

Geoff Howarth

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Tour Results
New Zealand v England at Napier - Mar 22-26, 2008
England won by 121 runs
New Zealand v England at Wellington - Mar 13-17, 2008
England won by 126 runs
New Zealand v England at Hamilton - Mar 5-9, 2008
New Zealand won by 189 runs
Major Association XI v England XI at Dunedin - Feb 28-Mar 1, 2008
Match drawn
NZ Invit. XI v England XI at Dunedin - Feb 25-26, 2008
Match drawn
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