Blair Hartland - New Zealand - Test Profile 1992-94

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 17 May 1994

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      Right Hand Bat
      Saturday, 22 October 1966
      Christchurch, New Zealand
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Blair HARTLAND - New Zealand - Test Profile 1992-94

New Zealand's selectors had an unusual cure for opening bat Blair Hartland when he retired with cramp after scoring 98 and 54 for New Zealand's Emerging Players against India in 1994 - they put him on a plane to Auckland to play in a Test against Pakistan. Of course the cramp was a ruse to get him away early from a less important match in Hamilton, but lucky Hartland still has the benefit of the not out boost to his average that the 'retired hurt' in Wisden allows him.


In Auckland, though, he came up against Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram at their fast and swinging best and could not duplicate the fine form he had shown against the Indians. Hartland made his Test debut in the series against England just before the 1992 World Cup and scored 22 and 45 in the Christchurch Test. He made a pair in Auckland, and just 2 and 19 in Wellington and then lost his place until the New Zealand's 1992-93 tour of Sri Lanka. There he made 52 in Moratuwa and 21 in each innings at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground.


He made 43 in the one-off Test against Pakistan in Hamilton that season, when Waqar and Wasim bowled New Zealand out cheaply when they seemed certain of victory. He did not play when Australia came to New Zealand, but scored 68 not out at Christchurch in one of the ODIs against Pakistan. On the 1994 tour of England he had no international success, save for 80 not out against Ireland at Malahide and 36 at Comber. He made 49 and 60 against Yorkshire and 65 against Derbyshire. (Bob Harragan)