Ultimate Test XI Profile: Richard Hadlee (bowler)

By May 13, 2020
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Sir Richard Hadlee makes our shortlist on two occasions, as is the case with Sir Garfield Sobers. Both are undoubtedly among the best allrounders of all time but while Sir Garry also makes the list as a middle-order batsman, Sir Richard can be considered one of the finest fast bowlers of all time.

He was, first, the finest cricketer New Zealand ever produced. His first claim to fame as a bowler, was becoming the first man to ever claim 400 scalps. He would end his career with 431 wickets at the remarkable average of 22.29. His strike rate of 50.8 is also impressive.

He began his career as what is called a tear-away fastbowler, bludgeoning his opponents with raw pace rather than skill. Maintaining that throughout his career would have meant a much shorter lifespan, and of course, at the Test level, batsmen would eventually adjust to his great pace.

But when a great is faced with a deficiency, he or she fixes it, and Hadlee did that. Exchanging some of his pace for guile and increased control. Mind you, he was still quick and generated bounce and movement from even the most unresponsive of surfaces.

He saved his absolute best for the Australians, taking 15-123 in a Brisbane Test back in the 1985-86 season, a feat which is still talked about today.

Hadlee retired at the top, taking 5-53 in his very last Test in 1990. The last opponents to lose out to his skill were England at Trent Bridge and his very last delivery was a wicket.

Speaking about his career with Richie Benaud, Hadlee pointed out that he had learned a lot along the way, saying his first ball in Test cricket had rocketed to the fence, while his last was a wicket, proving how far he had come.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Richard John Hadlee

Born: July 3, 1951, St Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury

Major teams: New Zealand, Canterbury, Marylebone Cricket Club, New Zealand Invitation XI, Nottinghamshire, Tasmania

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

Height: 6 ft 1 in

 

Test Career: New Zealand (1973-1990)

Mat    Inns    Balls      Runs     Wkts   BBI      BBM       Ave      Econ     SR       4w     5w     10w

86       150     21918     9611      431    9/52     15/123    22.29    2.63     50.8      25      36        9

 

Career Highlights

  • Held record for most wickets in Tests (1990-94)
  • Most 5-wicket hauls by a fast bowler in Tests (36)
  • Best innings figures by a fast bowler in 20th century (9/52)
  • 3rd most 10-wicket hauls in Tests (9)
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