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Glenn Turner - New Zealand - Test Cricket career Profile.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 15 August 1973

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      Monday, 26 May 1947
      Dunedin, New Zealand
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Glenn TURNER - New Zealand - Test Cricket career Profile.


Glenn Turner changed from a stonewaller to an aggressive stroke-maker over his career, much of which was spent playing county cricket for Worcestershire. As New Zealand's first real professional cricketer he had much to do with his country's upsurge in results in the 1970s. Twice Turner batted undefeated through a Test innings. Against vicious bowling by Derek Underwood at Lord's in 1969 he was only 43 when the innings ended for 131. In Jamaica in 1972 he was 223 not out and had batted for 572 minutes. He made his debut against West Indies in 1968-69 and was caught Sobers bowled Hall for 0 in his first Test innings - but when New Zealand won in Christchurch it was only their fifth Test victory in the space of 39 years.


Turner's first century was his 110 against Pakistan in 1969, but he did not come of age as a Test batsman until that West Indies tour, when he also made 259 in the Guyana Test. He made a century in each innings against Australia at Christchurch in 1973-74, the first time New Zealand had beaten their neighbours. Turner became captain in 1975-76 against India, scoring 117 in the Christchurch Test and 64 in Wellington when New Zealand won by an innings. He took the side on a long tour to India and Pakistan in 1976-77, scoring 113 in Kanpur. He was captain in the 1975 World Cup, scoring 171 not out against East Africa at Edgbaston and 114 not out in the semi-final against India at Old Trafford. (Bob Harragan)



Photo taken by George Herringshaw on 25th. June 1980. ©


Glenn Turner effectively gave up Test cricket in the latter part of his career. He did not play in either series against England in 1978 and did not reappear until Sri Lanka met New Zealand in 1982-83, when he made 32 in Christchurch. Nevertheless, he continued to make himself available for important one-day tournaments. In the 1979 World Cup he made 83 not out against Sri Lanka in Nottingham, playing under the captaincy of Mark Burgess. He made 43 not out against Australia at Headingley and 30 in the semi-final against England at Old Trafford. In the 1983 World Cup his best score was 50 against Sri Lanka at Bristol.


He appeared in a 1982-83 World Series in Australia in 1982-83, when New Zealand played under floodlights for the first time. He batted at number five to score 55 against Australia in Sydney, then moved to number three to make 84 against them in Adelaide. He made only 4 and 1 in the finals. England went to New Zealand later that season for a series of ODIs. Turner scored 88 in the first at Auckland, reaching 50 in 54 balls. He made 94 at Wellington and 34 at Christchurch. Turner reached 100 first class centuries in 1982 when he scored 311 not out for Worcestershire against Warwickshire at New Road in 1982. He was Worcestershire captain in 1981. (Bob Harragan)