Full name Robert Smith Cunis
Born January 5, 1941, Whangarei, Northland
Died August 9, 2008, Whangarei, Northland (aged 67 years 217 days)
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Northern Districts
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Relation Son - SJ Cunis
|Test debut||New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 13-17, 1964 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain, Apr 20-26, 1972 scorecard|
|First-class span||1960/61 - 1976/77|
|List A span||1969/70 - 1976/77|
Once famously described as "neither one thing nor the other", Bob Cunis was an honest seamer and lower-order scrapper, who played 20 Tests for New Zealand between 1964 and 1972 with limited success. He made only one fifty and took only one five-for, the latter against England at Auckland in 1970-71, when he bowled Alan Knott four runs short of a second hundred in the match. Cunis went on to coach New Zealand for a time, before arthritic hips and knees quelled his natural enthusiasm, and in his playing days was also a very handy rugby three-quarter. In his professional life he was a schoolteacher.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"