Matches (16)
IND v ENG (1)
PSL 2024 (2)
WPL (2)
Nepal Tri-Nation (1)
BPL 2024 (2)
Ranji Trophy (4)
CWC Play-off (3)
Durham in ZIM (1)

Full Name

John Francis Maclean Morrison


August 27, 1947, Wellington


76y 183d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

Playing Role

Middle order Batter

John Morrison scored a second-innings century against Australia in his second Test. Thanks to two washed-out days in that match, though, the highlight of his 17-Test career didn't result in a victory. He opened in 10 of his Tests, and batted in the middle order in the rest. He went missing after the third Test against India in Chennai in 1976, but made a comeback in 1982 during the home series against Australia, with little success. Not being picked for the World Cup in 1983 proved to be the end of his international career. Outside international cricket, though, he led Wellington to multiple national titles, and later served as a coach and selector too.

As a commentator and an after-dinner speaker, Mystery (the nickname came from how befuddled some observers were that he got wickets with his innocuous slow left-arm bowling) built something of a cult following in New Zealand with his dry wit and many anecdotes.

Currently he is a Wellington City Councillor, and is also on the boards of the Basin Reserve and Westpac Stadium in Wellington. In 2009 he was awarded the MNZM, a queen's honour - Member of the New Zealand order of Merit for services to cricket and community.

John Morrison Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A5449713128931.23--010-210


List A54-576417123/243/2434.754.3448.0000

Umpire & Referee

List A33
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Bev Congdon leads the celebrations after New Zealand's first Test victory over Australia