Bruce Alexander Grenfell Murray
September 18, 1940, Johnsonville, Wellington
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A tall, unflappable, and somewhat dour opening batsman who used his long reach to the full, Murray played for Wellington for almost ten seasons before he received international recognition, although he did tour Australia with New Zealand in 1967-68 (there were no Tests) with considerable success. He scored 54 on his Test debut against India in 1968-69, followed by 74 in the next Test, and did enough to be picked to tour England in 1969. Although he scored 800 runs at 40.00, more than anyone else, he failed to make his mark in either Test he played but still went on the tour to India and Pakistan the following winter. There he scored 641 runs at 37.70, including 329 runs at 27.41 in the six Tests. He made his Test-best of 90 in the second Test, in Lahore, as New Zealand beat Pakistan for the first time. His final Test came against England in 1970-71 when he made 1 in both innings.
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