John Morrison

Country: New Zealand
Born: August 27, 1947, Wellington
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Middle order Batter

John Morrison Bio

John Francis Maclean Morrison, widely known as John Morrison, is a former professional cricketer from New Zealand who left a lasting impact on the nation’s cricket history. Born on February 3, 1946, in Wellington, Morrison displayed exceptional talent from a young age, marking the beginning of an illustrious career in the sport.

Morrison’s journey in international cricket began in the early 1970s when he made his Test debut against Pakistan in March 1973. However, it was in his second Test, against Australia, that Morrison truly showcased his skills. Despite the match ending in a draw due to unfavourable weather conditions, Morrison’s second-innings century left a lasting impression on cricket enthusiasts. This exceptional innings set the foundation for what would be a successful career.

Throughout his 17-Test career, Morrison exhibited great versatility by opening the batting in 10 Tests and batting in the middle order in the rest. His adaptability and consistent performances made him a valuable asset to the New Zealand cricket team. However, after the third Test against India in Chennai in 1976, Morrison inexplicably went missing from international cricket.

After a hiatus of almost six years, Morrison made a comeback in 1982 during the home series against Australia. Unfortunately, his return lacked the success and recognition he had previously achieved. His dreams of participating in the World Cup in 1983 were shattered when he was not selected for the tournament, ultimately spelling the end of his international career.

Despite the conclusion of his international journey, Morrison’s contributions to cricket did not end there. He found success as the captain of the Wellington cricket team, leading them to multiple national titles. His excellent leadership skills and cricketing knowledge later led to roles as a coach and selector, further enhancing his reputation within the cricketing community.

Beyond his cricketing exploits, Morrison also made a name for himself as a talented commentator and after-dinner speaker. Known affectionately as “Mystery” due to his ability to deceive batsmen with his slow left-arm bowling, Morrison captivated audiences with his dry wit and captivating storytelling.

Currently, Morrison serves as a Wellington City Councillor and is actively involved in the management of prominent cricket venues, such as the Basin Reserve and Westpac Stadium in Wellington. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to cricket and the community, he was awarded the MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) in 2009, a prestigious honor bestowed upon him by the Queen.

John Morrison’s impact on New Zealand cricket extends far beyond his playing career. As a talented cricketer, coach, selector, commentator, and influential community figure, he has left an indelible mark on the nation’s cricketing landscape. With his unwavering dedication and infectious passion for the sport, Morrison continues to inspire future generations of cricketers in New Zealand and around the world.

John Morrison Career Stats

John Morrison Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 17 29 0 656 117 22.62 - - 1 3 - 2 9 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 18 15 3 252 55 21 472 53.38 0 1 - - 6 0
FC 123 219 25 6087 180* 31.37 - - 7 32 - - 132 0
List A 54 49 7 1312 89 31.23 - - 0 10 - - 21 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

John Morrison Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 17 5 264 71 2 2/52 2/52 35.5 1.61 132 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 18 7 283 199 8 3/24 3/24 24.87 4.21 35.3 0 0 0
FC 123 - - 1607 51 5/69 - 31.5 - - - 1 0
List A 54 - 576 417 12 3/24 3/24 34.75 4.34 48 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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