Glenn Turner

Glenn Turner

New Zealand
Glenn Turner

INTL CAREER: 1969 - 1983

Full Name

Glenn Maitland Turner


May 26, 1947, Dunedin, Otago


74y 185d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak




In two senses the most professional cricketer ever produced by New Zealand, Glenn Turner made himself a household name throughout the cricket world by dedicating himself to cricket from an early age and making the best possible use of a considerable natural ability. Unswervingly single-minded in his pursuit of runs, unashamedly ambitious and often impatient of amateur administrators in New Zealand, his career with Worcestershire was the key to his success everywhere else. He deliberately enrolled in the hard school of county cricket, learnt his lessons quickly and never forgot them. Almost frail-looking, pale-faced and serious-minded, Turner was an immaculately straight-playing opener, who defended with a solidity of technique few contemporaries matched. Although limited in his early days, he eventually played every shot on demand, and scored as fast as anyone when necessary. His most characteristic shots were the off-drive and a beautifully-timed drive to midwicket with the face of the bat turned on impact. He began his Test career with a duck, but the broad canvas of the five-day game suited his tempo and temperament, giving a cultured craftsman the opportunity to build his innings steadily, soberly and coolly. He twice carried his bat through a completed Test innings, and in the West Indies in 1971-72 hit four double-centuries in all matches, including successive innings of 259 at Georgetown. Turner captained New Zealand in ten Tests, but relinquished the job after one of his regular disagreements with administrators. He managed New Zealand's teams in Australia and England in 1985-86, and was reappointed in 1995. He coached Otago and was appointed a national selector in August 2007. Christopher Martin-Jenkins

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A3133082210784171*37.7014661250
List A31319615292/42/416.884.6521.7000
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Glenn Turner at the post-match press conference
Wellington captain Matthew Bell and Glenn Turner pose with the Plunket Shield
Glenn Turner
Former Australian and New Zealand captains at the Captains Luncheon, 2001/02
Glenn Turner in front of the scoreboard having scored 311 runs
Glenn Turner hooks