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Henry Nicholls

New Zealand|Top order Batter
Henry Nicholls
INTL CAREER: 2015 - 2023
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Full Name

Henry Michael Nicholls

Born

November 15, 1991, Christchurch

Age

32y 159d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Top order Batter

Education

St Andrew's College, Christchurch, New Zealand

An aggressive, but organised left-hander from Canterbury, Henry Nicholls' burgeoning domestic form brought him to the notice of the New Zealand selectors, who called him up to the national team in the 2015-16 home season. Though he would earn a Test cap in February 2016, it was in one-day domestic cricket that Nicholls had largely made his mark, hitting 454 runs in the 2014-15 Ford Trophy at an average of 75.66, with strike-rate of 105.82. Consequently promoted to the New Zealand A team, he further outlined his value in a home series against Sri Lanka A, hitting two hundreds and a fifty in his three innings in the unofficial Tests, before averaging 84.50 in the one-dayers.

His impact at the top level wasn't quite immediate - it wasn't until his fifth ODI innings that Nicholls crossed fifty, and though he scored a half-century on Test debut against Australia, didn't quite do enough to secure his place in the XI. However, coach Mike Hesson spoke of Nicholls as a player worth investing in, and the returns did eventually begin to come. He hit a maiden Test hundred against South Africa at the Basin Reserve, in March 2017.

Over the next two years he made himself the bedrock of New Zealand's Test middle order and played some pivotal innings. He made an unbeaten 145 against England in Auckland that helped set up a famous series win. His next Test century was part of a 212-run stand with skipper Kane Williamson in Abu Dhabi to help New Zealand to a drought-breaking away series win over Pakistan.

He was in and out of the ODI team over that time, unable to nail down a spot in the order, but an opportunity presented to open midway through the 2019 World Cup. He saved his best innings for the final against England were he made a crucial 55 in tough batting conditions at Lord's that so nearly helped New Zealand to victory.
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Henry Nicholls Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests568772973200*37.16592250.209123229360
ODIs7573152056124*35.44253681.0711518719280
T20Is109110036*12.5011289.28009030
FC120197147119200*38.901353352.60163777738990
List A15014323522817843.56613885.1783353050640
T20s615711146076*31.731138128.2901114332300

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests56------------
ODIs75------------
T20Is10------------
FC120423260---6.78-000
List A150112170---8.50-000
T20s611650---5.00-000
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Photos of Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls attempts to pull... with his eyes shut
Shoriful Islam struck on the first ball of his second spell to dismiss Henry Nicholls
Henry Nicholls plays the paddle-sweep
Henry Nicholls and Tom Blundell celebrate after the win
Henry Nicholls had to be cautious after the rush of wickets early on
Henry Nicholls made a handy 44 off 57 balls