Full name John Trevor Sparling
Born July 24, 1938, Mount Eden, Auckland
Current age 78 years 134 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||England v New Zealand at Leeds, Jul 3-8, 1958 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v South Africa at Dunedin, Feb 28-Mar 3, 1964 scorecard|
|First-class span||1956/57 - 1970/71|
John Sparling was a fair-haired allrounder, a solid right-hand batsman, capable offspinner and good fielder. In 1958 in England he scored 513 runs and took 38 wickets, forcing his way into the Tests side where he never really made his mark. He scored a dour 50 in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on his 20th birthday, but that was as good as it got, and his international career was over by the time he was 25. He continued to play domestic cricket until 1971.
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