Glenn Turner

Country: New Zealand
Born: May 26, 1947, Dunedin, Otago
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Opening Batter

Glenn Turner Bio

Glenn Maitland Turner is widely regarded as one of the most professional cricketers ever produced by New Zealand. Born on May 26, 1947, in Dunedin, New Zealand, Turner dedicated himself to the sport from a young age and made the best possible use of his considerable natural ability.

Turner’s career was defined by his unswerving single-mindedness in his pursuit of runs. He was unabashedly ambitious and often impatient with the amateur administrators in New Zealand. However, it was his time with Worcestershire that proved to be the turning point in his success. Recognizing the importance of honing his skills, he deliberately enrolled in the tough school of county cricket, where he quickly learned important lessons that he would carry with him throughout his career.

Despite his frail appearance, pale face, and serious demeanor, Turner was an immaculately straight-playing opener. His defensive technique was unparalleled, and he possessed the ability to play every shot on demand. While he could defend resolutely, he also had the talent to score runs at an impressive pace when required. His off-drive and beautifully-timed drive to midwicket were his signature shots.

Turner’s Test career got off to a rocky start with a duck, but he soon found his stride in the longer format of the game. The five-day game suited his tempo and temperament perfectly, allowing the cultured craftsman to build his innings steadily, soberly, and coolly. Turner twice carried his bat through a completed Test innings, showcasing his ability to anchor the team’s batting line-up. During the West Indies tour in 1971-72, he displayed his immense skill by scoring four double-centuries in all matches, including successive innings of 259 at Georgetown.

In addition to his batting prowess, Turner also had leadership qualities. He captained New Zealand in ten Tests, but his tenure was marred by disagreements with administrators, leading to his decision to step down. Nevertheless, he continued to contribute to New Zealand cricket in various roles. He managed the national team during tours to Australia and England in 1985-86 and was reappointed as coach in 1995. In August 2007, Turner also took on the role of a national selector, where his knowledge and expertise were invaluable.

Glenn Maitland Turner’s talent and dedication to the sport have left an indelible mark on cricket in New Zealand. His disciplined approach, technical prowess, and ability to adapt to any situation made him a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field. Turner’s contributions as a player, captain, coach, and selector have played a significant role in shaping the cricket landscape in New Zealand and have garnered him a well-deserved place among the cricketing greats of his era.

Glenn Turner Career Stats

Glenn Turner Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 41 73 6 2991 259 44.64 - - 7 14 - 0 42 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 41 40 6 1598 171* 47 2348 68.05 3 9 - - 13 0
FC 455 792 101 34346 311* 49.7 - - 103 148 - - 409 0
List A 313 308 22 10784 171* 37.7 - - 14 66 - - 125 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Glenn Turner Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 41 1 12 5 0 - - - 2.5 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 41 1 6 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
FC 455 - 442 189 5 3/18 - 37.8 2.56 88.4 - 0 0
List A 313 - 196 152 9 2/4 2/4 16.88 4.65 21.7 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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