Mark Greatbatch

Country: New Zealand
Born: December 11, 1963, Auckland
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Mark Greatbatch Bio

Mark John Greatbatch, born on July 11, 1963, in Tauranga, New Zealand, is a prominent former cricketer who made significant contributions to the sport, both at the national and international levels. Known for his solid batting skills and charismatic personality, Greatbatch was a left-handed batsman who made a name for himself as a versatile player.

Coming from the leagues of New Zealand and England, Greatbatch made his Test debut against England in 1987-88, where he displayed his determination and resilience early on as he scored an impressive century. He further solidified his reputation as a dependable Test player when he scored an unbeaten 146 against Australia in 1989-90, thwarting what seemed to be an inevitable Australian victory.

While Greatbatch excelled in Test cricket, he truly made his mark as a limited-overs player. Often regarded as one of the first pinch hitters in one-day cricket, he brought a unique and aggressive approach to the game. His ability to score quick runs and his fearless approach made him a force to be reckoned with in the shorter format of the game.

During the 1992 World Cup, Greatbatch initially faced exclusion from New Zealand’s opening matches. However, he soon proved his worth and became an instrumental player in guiding the team to success. With 313 runs in the tournament at an average of 44.71, Greatbatch played a vital role in New Zealand’s campaign.

Despite his initial successes, Greatbatch faced periods of inconsistency and a loss of form, particularly against the short ball. A change in team management and his struggles with the bat led to his sidelining in both Test and limited-overs formats. However, his contributions as a fielder, particularly in the slips, were noteworthy, as he consistently took spectacular catches.

After retiring from international cricket in 1998, Greatbatch transitioned into coaching roles. He initially became the coaching director for Central Districts cricket team in New Zealand, eventually taking on the role of coach. However, frustrations with the limited opportunities and salaries led him to resign in 2004. Relocating to Yorkshire, Greatbatch took over as the coach of Giggleswick School.

In 2005, Greatbatch joined Warwickshire as the head of their academy and later assumed the role of county coach. Although he did not complete his term with the club, his knowledge and expertise were highly regarded, and he was appointed as an advisor to New Zealand’s selection panel. Following a sudden departure by the head coach, Greatbatch took over the role in January 2010.

Mark Greatbatch’s cricket career has been marked by his versatility, determination, and ability to adapt to different formats of the game. As a batsman, he showcased his capability to build solid innings and score quick runs when needed. While his time as a coach faced some ups and downs, his contributions to the growth and development of cricket have left a lasting impact on the sport in New Zealand and beyond.

Mark Greatbatch Career Stats

Mark Greatbatch Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 41 71 5 2021 146* 30.62 4946 40.86 3 10 227 10 27 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 84 83 5 2206 111 28.28 3099 71.18 2 13 177 38 35 0
FC 170 292 31 9890 202* 37.89 - - 24 43 - - 144 0
List A 175 168 12 4678 111 29.98 - - 2 34 - - 82 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Mark Greatbatch Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 41 1 6 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 84 1 6 5 0 - - - 5 - 0 0 0
FC 170 - 171 149 1 1/23 - 149 5.22 171 - 0 0
List A 175 - 13 19 0 - - - 8.76 - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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