Full name Bernard Lance Cairns
Born October 10, 1949, Picton, Marlborough
Current age 70 years 344 days
Major teams New Zealand, Central Districts, Durham, Minor Counties, Northern Districts, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Relation Son - CL Cairns
|Test debut||Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide, Jan 26-31, 1974 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v New Zealand at Perth, Nov 30-Dec 4, 1985 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Australia at Dunedin, Mar 30, 1974 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v New Zealand at Bridgetown, Apr 23, 1985 scorecard|
|First-class span||1971/72 - 1984/85|
|List A span||1972/73 - 1988|
Coming from Spring Creek, a Marlborough hamlet, Lance Cairns was the rawest of cricketers. The first Test he saw was the first one he played in.
He had no idea that his awkward wrong-footed delivery was not the orthodox bowling action. But soon Cairns' ability to bowl big inswingers, and batsmanship born of broad shoulders and a good eye, made him a crowd-pleasing match-winner. He carried a wooden club, rather than a bat, with cutaway shoulders and bearing the name Excalibur - a massive blade that carved six sixes in one memorable one-day international against Australia at Melbourne. And one Christchurch day when New Zealand were waiting for Lancaster Park to dry out, Lance Cairns was bowling on the outfield to a classy 14-year-old - the Chris Cairns who in a decade or so would surpass his father's famous deeds.
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