Full name Stephen Lewis Boock
Born September 20, 1951, Dunedin, Otago
Current age 64 years 69 days
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Feb 10-15, 1978 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Feb 24-28, 1989 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v New Zealand at Scarborough, Jul 15, 1978 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Chandigarh, Oct 27, 1987 scorecard|
|First-class span||1973/74 - 1989/90|
|List A span||1973/74 - 1989/90|
Tall and curly haired, Stephen Boock was an orthodox slow left-armer with excellent control and considerable power of spin. Also an outstanding short-leg fieldsman, Boock (who pronounces his name to rhyme with "Hock") had the thrill of making his Test debut at Wellington in 1977-78, when New Zealand beat England for the first time. A few months later he returned the remarkable figures of 28-18-29-2 as England scored 429 at Trent Bridge. He played a prominent role in New Zealand's first series win over England in 1983-84, taking 4 for 37 in a one-sided match at Christchurch. But it was Boock's misfortune to coincide with an era favouring limited-overs cricket, a game not suited to his rather old-fashioned values: indeed he left one tour of Australia early, seeing no prospect of playing. A genuine tailender, he nevertheless batted grittily, and at Sydney in 1985-86 made 37 of a New Zealand record last-wicket partnership of 124.
Adapted by Wisden from World Cricketers: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996).
Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test
The Pakistan captain talks about the many observations, plots and decisions that go into the game's most important task: taking wickets
It refuses to let India play Pakistan there, but hasn't been forthcoming with reasons why
He goes through long barren patches between big scores. Can he change his technique without harming his fast-paced batting?