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John Morrison
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John Morrison

New Zealand
John Morrison

INTL CAREER: 1973 - 1983

Full Name

John Francis Maclean Morrison

Born

August 27, 1947, Wellington

Age

73y 254d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

TEAMS

John Morrison scored a second-innings century against Australia in his second Test. Thanks to two washed-out days in that match, though, the highlight of his 17-Test career didn't result in a victory. He opened in 10 of his Tests, and batted in the middle order in the rest. He went missing after the third Test against India in Chennai in 1976, but made a comeback in 1982 during the home series against Australia, with little success. Not being picked for the World Cup in 1983 proved to be the end of his international career. Outside international cricket, though, he led Wellington to multiple national titles, and later served as a coach and selector too.

As a commentator and an after-dinner speaker, Mystery (the nickname came from how befuddled some observers were that he got wickets with his innocuous slow left-arm bowling) built something of a cult following in New Zealand with his dry wit and many anecdotes.

Currently he is a Wellington City Councillor, and is also on the boards of the Basin Reserve and Westpac Stadium in Wellington. In 2009 he was awarded the MNZM, a queen's honour - Member of the New Zealand order of Merit for services to cricket and community.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test1729065611722.6213290
ODI181532525521.0047253.380160
FC123219256087180*31.377321320
List A5449713128931.23010210
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1752647122/522/5235.50132.00000
ODI18728319983/243/2424.874.2135.30000
FC1231607515/6931.5010
List A54576417123/243/2434.754.3448.00000
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatReferee
List A33
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John Morrison
John Morrison
Bernard Julien traps John Morrison lbw
Bev Congdon leads the celebrations after New Zealand's first Test victory over Australia