Rob Nicol

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Rob Nicol
Personal information
Full name Robert James Nicol
Born (1983-05-28) 28 May 1983 (age 31)
Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Right-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut 7 March 2012 v South Africa
Last Test 15 March 2012 v South Africa
ODI debut 20 October 2011 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 19 January 2013 v South Africa
T20I debut (cap 44) 22 May 2010 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I 26 December 2012 v South Africa
T20I shirt no. 28
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001/02–2008/09 Auckland
2009/10– Canterbury
2012 Gloucestershire (squad no. 38)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 2 22 21 101
Runs scored 28 586 327 5,104
Batting average 7.00 30.84 17.21 34.48
100s/50s 0/0 2/2 0/2 10/30
Top score 19 146 58 160
Balls bowled 17 339 123 4,135
Wickets 0 10 5 37
Bowling average - 32.90 33.40 60.89
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling - 4/19 2/20 4/53
Catches/stumpings 2/0 11/– 5/– 81/–
Source: CricketArchive; http://www.espncricinfo.com/newzealand/content/player/38058.html, 26 February 2014

Robert James Nicol (born 28 May 1983 in Auckland) is a New Zealand cricketer who has played first-class, List A and Twenty20 matches for Auckland and Canterbury. Nicol has also played in all forms of international cricket for New Zealand including 2 test matches, both against South Africa.

Playing Career[edit]

Rob Nicol started off playing for Auckland and played for the Aces for 8 seasons his best spell in 2002-03 where he scored over 600 runs. He then moved to Canterbury in 2009, scoring over 500 runs in his first season. His performances for the Wizards brought him to the notice of the New Zealand selectors, who selected him for the Twenty 20 squad.

He made his debut in one day internationals in 2011, and to date has been a regular in the New Zelaand side ever since. Selectors rewarded him with a place in the test team in the home series against South Africa, but he found runs difficult to come by and has only played 2 Tests to date. He played in the World Twenty20 in the Sri Lanka in 2012.

Previously played at Hitchin Cricket Club in Hertfordshire as the overseas player in 2009 and 2010 before joining up with the Kiwis in West Indies. Broke the Saracens Hertfordshire Division 1 total season runs and largest innings at 201 not out against Knebworth Park CC. A right-handed batsman and bowls right arm off spin.[1]

Nicol enjoyed a spell in English county cricket playing for Gloucestershire in July 2012 as a replacement for fellow countryman Kane Williamson as part of the deal Gloucestershire coach John Bracewell set up with the New Zealand Cricket Board where young Kiwi cricketers join Gloucs for experience.[2]

ODI debut[edit]

Nicol had a wonderful ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2011 at Harare. Chasing 232 to win, the New Zealand openers Nicol and Martin Guptill first sent the Black Caps to a flyer as they crossed 50 runs in just 6 overs. After that, he went on to score 108 not out, a brilliant century that included 11 fours.[3] By the process, he became the seventh batsman ever and the second New Zealander (after his fellow opener in the match, Martin Guptill) to score a century on ODI debut. The previous batsmen to achieve this feat were Dennis Amiss, Desmond Haynes, Andy Flower, Saleem Elahi, Martin Guptill, and Colin Ingram.[4] He was acknowledged the man of the match for his debut century, thus becoming the 50th player to be named Man of the Match on ODI debut.

Career best performances[edit]

as of 14 December 2012

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
Tests 19 New Zealand v South Africa Dunedin 2012 -
ODI 146 New Zealand v Zimbabwe Whangarei 2012 4-19 New Zealand v Zimbabwe Dunedin 2012
T20I 58 New Zealand v Sri Lanka Pallekele 2012 2-20 New Zealand v South Africa Auckland 2012
FC 160 Western Australia v Victoria Perth 2006 4-53 Gloucestershire v Glamorgan Swansea 2012
LA 146 New Zealand v Zimbabwe Whangarei 2012 5-54 Auckland Aces v Canterbury Wizards Rangiora 2008
T20 101* Canterbury Wizards v Auckland Aces Auckland (CMP) 2012 5-22 Canterbury Wizards v Northern Districts Knights Christchurch (VG) 2010

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