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Geoff Howarth
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Geoff Howarth

New Zealand
Geoff Howarth

INTL CAREER: 1975 - 1985

Full Name

Geoffrey Philip Howarth

Born

March 29, 1951, Auckland

Age

70y 252d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

relations

(brother)

Other

Coach

TEAMS

One of New Zealand's first fully professional cricketers, Geoff Howarth overcame many disappointments to become a successful Test batsman and an outstanding captain. A neat right-hander with some delightful off-side strokes, he was especially severe on the half-volley, which he would drive unerringly. The younger brother of Hedley Howarth, Geoff was also a fine fielder and a useful offspinner. In 1969 he started a long and frustrating apprenticeship at Surrey, and it was not until 1972-73 that he represented a New Zealand provincial side. Useful performances in the Prudential World Cup of 1975 hinted at his quality, but it was not until 1977-78, possibly his last chance, that he revealed his true ability. He scored 122 and 102 against England at Auckland, saving New Zealand on a worsening wicket. Confident, and sure of his place at last, he kept New Zealand afloat in a seething tide of English seamers in 1978, and in 1980 he captained New Zealand to an outstanding series win over West Indies. Further triumphs followed, including the first win on English soil in 52 years, and Howarth's astute captaincy and personable nature had a lot to do with it. His career ended in a sad anticlimax in 1985. By then wearing glasses, he was supposedly Surrey's captain, but was not chosen for any Championship matches. Nor was he reinstated as captain of New Zealand. He was awarded the MBE in 1981, and the OBE in 1984, and for a time in the early 1990s was coach and manager of the national team.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Adapted by Wisden from World Cricketers: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996).

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test47835253114732.446111290
ODI7065513847623.06230160.1406160
FC338584421729418331.9032882290
List A27926312601612223.96229760
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test472061427131/131/1390.332.64204.6000
ODI707906831/41/422.664.5330.0000
FC338852535961125/3232.102.5376.110
List A279682487244/164/1620.294.2828.4100
Geoffrey Philip Howarth
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Photos


The All-Star England team pose for the cameras
Geoff Howarth
Slips cast: Lance Cairns, Jeff Crowe, Jeremy Coney and Geoff Howarth
Geoff Howarth