Richard Hadlee      

Full name Richard John Hadlee

Born July 3, 1951, St Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury

Current age 69 years 249 days

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Marylebone Cricket Club, New Zealand Invitation XI, Nottinghamshire, Tasmania

Also known as Sir Richard Hadlee

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Commentator

Height 6 ft 1 in

Education Christchurch Boys' High School

Relation Father - WA Hadlee, Wife - K Hadlee, Brother - BG Hadlee, Brother - DR Hadlee

In a nutshell The finest cricketer New Zealand has produced, Richard Hadlee was a bowler of devastating control and intelligence: the first to 400 Test wickets; and one of the four great allrounders of the 1980s. More

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Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 86 134 19 3124 151* 27.16 2 15 33 39 0
ODIs 115 98 17 1751 79 21.61 2319 75.50 0 4 27 0
First-class 342 473 93 12052 210* 31.71 14 59 198 0
List A 317 271 56 5241 100* 24.37 1 16 100 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 86 150 21918 9611 431 9/52 15/123 22.29 2.63 50.8 25 36 9
ODIs 115 112 6182 3407 158 5/25 5/25 21.56 3.30 39.1 1 5 0
First-class 342 26998 1490 9/52 18.11 102 18
List A 317 16188 8553 454 6/12 6/12 18.83 3.17 35.6 9 8 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Feb 2-5, 1973 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Birmingham, Jul 5-10, 1990 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Feb 11, 1973 scorecard
Last ODI England v New Zealand at The Oval, May 25, 1990 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1971/72 - 1990
List A span 1971/72 - 1990

Few players in the history of cricket have carried the fortunes of their team to quite the same extent as Richard Hadlee. By the time he retired from international cricket in 1990, at the age of 39 and with a knighthood newly conferred upon him for his services to the game, Hadlee had cemented his place as one of the great fast bowlers of all time, and lifted New Zealand to unprecedented feats in the Test arena.

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Don Cameron on Hadlee

The consummate professional

He was New Zealand's greatest bowler and the first Test cricketer to be knighted while still active, but at home he didn't get the adulation his stature demanded

Stats analysis

The complete fast bowler

For a team starved of match-winning fast bowlers, Hadlee was a godsend

    • January 3, 1972
      c B Hadlee b R Hadlee
      • Joins brother Barry in the Canterbury side. Takes 3 for 57 and 1 for 26 on his first-class debut, after being hit for a four first ball. The second of those wickets comes through a catch by Barry.
    • January 16, 1972
      Third match, three in three
      • In his third week as a first-class cricketer, he removes Ken Wadsworth (lbw), Blair Furlong (bowled) and John Howell (bowled) of Central Districts to complete his first first-class hat-trick and hasten a nine-wicket win for Canterbury.
    • February 2, 1973
      Richard Hadlee to Sadiq Mohammad, four runs
      • His first delivery on Test debut is hit for four too. He takes 2 for 84 and 0 for 28 in a weather-affected draw. Shows all-round capabilities by smashing 46 runs in 49 minutes. For the next two Tests he gives way to brother Dayle and so sets the pattern of his Test career for the next three years: sometimes in, as often out.
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Best Performances
    • 4 for 35 and 7 for 23 v India, Wellington, 1975-76
      • Hadlee hadn't cemented his place in the side when unexpectedly he was included in the XII for this Test. On the morning of the Test, New Zealand excluded the spinner, Hedley Howarth, and their fourth seamer vindicated the move. In 15 quick, well-directed balls on the first morning, Hadlee removed Sunil Gavaskar, Dileep Vengsarkar and Surinder Amarnath to reduce India to 47 for 3. In the second innings, he exposed India some more. He worked up lively pace, and bowled with sustained accuracy, taking five wickets for 10 runs in a 28-ball spell to bowl India out for 81 and set the record for the best match haul by a New Zealander.
    • 4 for 74 and 6 for 26 v England, Wellington, 1977-78
      • En route to his 100th Test wicket, Hadlee set up New Zealand's first Test win over England in their 48th attempt. After his 4 for 74 secured New Zealand a 13-run lead despite Geoff Boycott's fighting 77 in difficult conditions, New Zealand had conceded the advantage by folding to Bob Willis' five-for. A familiar story of gloom was on the cards when they came out to defend 136, but Hadlee bowled with hostility, skill, and speed on a pitch of uneven bounce, sending down 13.3 unchanged overs for figures of 6 for 26. Richard Collinge did his bit from the other end, and England were bowled out for 64.
    • 5 for 34 and 6 for 68; 51 v West Indies, Dunedin, 1979-80
      • The controversy surrounding this match meant that Michael Holding's kicking the stumps was remembered more than Richard Hadlee's becoming only the third New Zealander to take two five-fors and score a fifty in the same match and also his reaching the New Zealand record of 117 wickets. On a seaming pitch that stayed low, he trapped Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kalicharran and Clive Lloyd lbw on the first morning. He enjoyed a life during his 51 when umpire Fred Goodall ruled him not out when he had edged one. His 6 for 68 in the second innings gave New Zealand 104 to chase, which they did with more than a huff and a puff. His seven lbws, a record, pointed to his accuracy, and also contributed to some of West Indies' frustrations with the umpiring.
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Dec 15, 2020

Amy Satterthwaite, Richard Hadlee and Lea Tahuhu at the announcement of the 2022 Women's ODI World Cup fixtures, Christchurch, December 15, 2020

Amy Satterthwaite, Richard Hadlee and Lea Tahuhu at the announcement of the 2022 Women's ODI World Cup fixtures


Jan 2017

Richard Hadlee talks to journalists at Hagley Oval, January 20, 2017

Richard Hadlee talks to journalists at Hagley Oval


Feb 8, 2016

Brendon McCullum receives the Chappell-Hadlee trophy from Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand v Australia, 3rd ODI, Hamilton, February 8, 2016

Brendon McCullum receives the Chappell-Hadlee trophy from Sir Richard Hadlee

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Knighted for services to cricket 1990

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1982

Tasmania First-Class Career Span: 1979-80