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John Parker
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John Parker

New Zealand

INTL CAREER: 1973 - 1981

Full Name

John Morton Parker

Born

February 21, 1951, Dannevirke, Manawatu

Age

70y 86d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak googly

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

relations

(brother),

(nephew),

(brother),

(daughter)

Other

Commentator

TEAMS

The youngest of three brothers who all played first-class cricket, John Parker made up his mind to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Turner. A determined, if limited, batsman with a short backlift and plenty of pluck, he was also a fine fielder who could keep wicket if needed. In 1971 he paid his way to England, and had a successful trial at Worcester, scoring 91 on his first appearance. His eventual Test debut -- against Pakistan in 1972-73 -- was not so successful, as he broke a bone in his hand while fielding and was unable to bat. He redeemed himself after a miserable tour of England by scoring 108 against Australia at Sydney in 1973-74, and he was a member of the side which that same season beat Australia for the first time, at Christchurch. However, he was inconsistent as an opener, and did better when he dropped down the batting order. Vice-captain to Turner in Pakistan and India in 1976-77, Parker led his country in one match, against Pakistan at Karachi. He later became an amusing TV commentator.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test36632149812124.55350300
ODI242002486612.4040361.5301111
FC207362391125419534.8421531775
List A1131068212110721.6419452
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test361402411/241/2424.004.8040.00000
ODI241161011/101/1010.005.0016.00000
FC207903681143/2648.6464.5000
List A113201211/101/1012.0020.00000
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Photos


John Parker
Bev Congdon leads the celebrations after New Zealand's first Test victory over Australia
The Worcestershire squad to play Kent in a John Player's League match in Canterbury. Standing (from left): Ivan Johnson, Rodney Cass, John Parker, John Inchmore, Imran Khan, Jim Yardley. Sitting: Glenn Turner, Basil D'Oliveira, Norman Gifford, Alan Ormrod and Brian Brain