Full name John Chaloner Alabaster
Born July 11, 1930, Invercargill, Southland
Current age 85 years 352 days
Major teams New Zealand, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Relation Brother - GD Alabaster
|Test debut||Pakistan v New Zealand at Karachi, Oct 13-17, 1955 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain, Mar 9-14, 1972 scorecard|
|First-class span||1955/56 - 1971/72|
A legbreak bowler, the best New Zealand have produced, and an occasionally useful batsman, Jack Alabaster toured India and Pakistan in 1955-56, England in 1958, South Africa in 1961-62 ... and West Indies in 1971-72. He reached his peak in South Africa, where, in all first-class matches, he took 86 wickets, more than anyone else, and scored 296 handy runs as well. And in the five Tests he took 22 wickets, helping New Zealand to square a series for the first time.
Adapted by Wisden from World Cricketers: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996).
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane