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Henry Nicholls
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Henry Nicholls

New Zealand|Top order batter
Henry Nicholls

INTL CAREER: 2015 - 2021

Full Name

Henry Michael Nicholls

Born

November 15, 1991, Christchurch

Age

29y 256d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Top order batter

Education

St Andrew's College, Christchurch, New Zealand

TEAMS

An aggressive, but organised left-hander from Canterbury, Henry Nicholls' burgeoning domestic form brought him to the notice of the New Zealand selectors, who called him up to the national team in the 2015-16 home season. Though he would earn a Test cap in February 2016, it was in one-day domestic cricket that Nicholls had largely made his mark, hitting 454 runs in the 2014-15 Ford Trophy at an average of 75.66, with strike-rate of 105.82. Consequently promoted to the New Zealand A team, he further outlined his value in a home series against Sri Lanka A, hitting two hundreds and a fifty in his three innings in the unofficial Tests, before averaging 84.50 in the one-dayers.

His impact at the top level wasn't quite immediate - it wasn't until his fifth ODI innings that Nicholls crossed fifty, and though he scored a half-century on Test debut against Australia, didn't quite do enough to secure his place in the XI. However, coach Mike Hesson spoke of Nicholls as a player worth investing in, and the returns did eventually begin to come. He hit a maiden Test hundred against South Africa at the Basin Reserve, in March 2017.

Over the next two years he made himself the bedrock of New Zealand's Test middle order and played some pivotal innings. He made an unbeaten 145 against England in Auckland that helped set up a famous series win. His next Test century was part of a 212-run stand with skipper Kane Williamson in Abu Dhabi to help New Zealand to a drought-breaking away series win over Pakistan.

He was in and out of the ODI team over that time, unable to nail down a spot in the order, but an opportunity presented to open midway through the 2019 World Cup. He saved his best innings for the final against England were he made a crucial 55 in tough batting conditions at Lord's that so nearly helped New Zealand to victory.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test40596226417442.71457349.507112454270
ODI5250111409124*36.12171782.0611113110210
T20I5401974.752867.85002000
FC9114711543617439.971049451.80123059427720
List A11610917417217845.34485685.9172843132540
T204340797867*29.63773126.52089024210
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test40------------
ODI52------------
T20I5------------
FC91211240---13.09-000
List A116112170---8.50-000
T20431650---5.00-000
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Job done, New Zealand soak in the victory
New Zealand's 15 for the WTC final with their prize: (front L to R) Ajaz Patel, BJ Watling, Devon Conway, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Tom Latham, Trent Boult, (back L to R), Will Young, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme
Kane Williamson gets his hands on the Test Mace
Henry Nicholls gestures after taking a skier to end Rishabh Pant's innings
New Zealand head out for the final day's play
Henry Nicholls latches onto a cut