Blair Pocock - New Zealand - Test Profile 1993-1997

Photo/Foto: Stuart Franklin

Date: 29 April 1994

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      Right Hand Bat, Right Arm Bowler
      Friday, 18 June 1971
      Papakura, New Zealand
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Blair POCOCK - New Zealand - Test Profile 1993-1997

Blair Pocock, a tall rather ungainly opening bat from Northern Districts and later for Auckland, made an auspicious start to his Test career against Australia in Perth in 1993-94. Facing Craig McDermott and Glenn McGrath, and despite the limitations of his front foot approach on the fastest wicket in the world, he batted for the best part of a day after his batting partners had got the side into trouble. He scored only 34 and 28 in that first match, but it seemed as if New Zealand had found a new batsman in their traditional 'grit your teeth and get on with it' style.

 Blair Pocock brought himself to public notice with an innings of 110 not out for a New Zealand XI against Graham Gooch's England side in Nelson in January 1992. His initial success in Australia was followed by disappointment, with scores of 9 and 15 at Hobart and 0 and 11 in Brisbane. He played two Tests in New Zealand's next series, at home against Pakistan, but his top score was only 16 and he was replaced by his namesake Blair Hartland.

He toured England in 1994, appearing in the Lord's Test, but again with little success, scoring just 10 and 2, dismissed by Peter Such and Phillip DeFreitas. On the tour he scored 374 runs at an average of 31.16, scoring 103 not out against Glamorgan at Swansea. (Bob Harragan)