Christopher Lance Cairns
June 13, 1970, Picton, Marlborough
Right hand Bat
Right arm Fast medium
One of the more colourful characters in the New Zealand side, Chris Cairns developed from something of a rebel to a more senior statesman, especially after the part he played in ending the players' strike in 2002. When fit, he was one of the finest allrounders in the world, and he became only the sixth man to achieve an allrounder's double of 200 wickets and 3000 runs in March 2004. However, his bowling and batting on the whole lacked the sort of impact that led New Zealand to their first one-day international tournament success, the 2000 ICC tournament at Nairobi. He continued to flourish in 2001-02, helping New Zealand to the VB Series final, but knee and back injuries came back to blunt his form. However, he came back for New Zealand's 2003-04 series against South Africa and announced that the 2004 Test series in England would be his last, but would continue to play one-dayers. New Zealand lost all three Tests, but, suitably, Cairns bowed out at Trent Bridge, his adopted home from his days with Nottinghamshire. In the first Test at Lord's, he passed Sir Vivian Richards's previous record of the most sixes in Test cricket. He played for Notts from 1989 to 1996, and returned in 2003. Upset at missing out on New Zealand's tour of South Africa in September 2005 - his captain, Stephen Fleming, was similar perplexed - he vowed to be fit and available for the World Cup in 2007. New Zealand lost the five-match one-day series 4-0, and Cairns was reinstated for Australia's one-day tour of New Zealand in December. Cairns announced his retirement from ODIs in January 2006 and played his last game for New Zealand the next month. In March 2012 he won a libel suit against the former IPL chairman Lalit Modi over allegations that related to his stint in the Indian Cricket League.
Batting & Fielding