Matches (14)
IND v AUS (1)
Marsh Cup (1)
SA v NZ (W) (1)
T20WC QLF (2)
County DIV1 (5)
County DIV2 (4)

Full Name

Mark Hunter Richardson


June 11, 1971, Hastings, Hawke's Bay


52y 109d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

Playing Role

Opening Batter

Mark Richardson was undoubtedly one of the most admired players in the New Zealand game. A transformed left-arm spinner who turned his game from bowling to batting after suffering the yips, he became a masterful - if slightly dour - opening batsman who thrives on the challenge of holding his place at the crease for as long as he could. His Test average hovered around the 50 mark, and his adhesive qualities played a significant part in several New Zealand Test wins. The only blemish was a failure to convert fifties into bigger scores. But he reversed this trend somewhat on tour in England in 2004, where he struck 93 and 101 in the first Test at Lord's. And during the India tour of 2003 he made his highest Test score of 145, and put on the second-highest opening partnership for New Zealand in an overseas Test when he and Lou Vincent added 231 at Mohali. His after-match challenges to the opposition's slowest runner sometimes outstripped the games themselves for entertainment value. He announced his retirement, aged only 33, after the Australian tour late in 2004.
Lynn McConnell October 2004

Mark Richardson Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A918772523128*31.53--315--160


List A91-810592122/252/2549.334.3867.5000
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Mark Richardson wins a celebrity sprint-out against rugby players Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu
Mark Richardson at practice
Mark Richardson drops Glenn McGrath
Mark Richardson batting
Ashley Giles and Mark Richardson in a sprint-out
Mark Richardson batting during the third Test at Nottingham