Danny Morrison (cricketer)

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Danny Morrison
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Personal information
Full nameDanny Kyle Morrison
Born (1966-02-03) 3 February 1966 (age 53)
Auckland, New Zealand
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RoleBowler, commentator
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 164)4 December 1987 v Australia
Last Test24 January 1997 v England
ODI debut (cap 58)31 October 1987 v India
Last ODI13 November 1996 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 48 96 142 165
Runs scored 379 171 1,127 283
Batting average 8.42 9.00 10.94 8.08
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 42 20* 46* 30*
Balls bowled 10,064 4,586 13,298 7,862
Wickets 160 126 440 212
Bowling average 34.68 27.53 30.22 26.47
5 wickets in innings 10 2 19 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 7/89 5/34 7/82 5/34
Catches/stumpings 14/– 19/– 43/– 31/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 May 2017
Mad As I Wanna Be
AuthorDanny Morrison
CountryNew Zealand
PublisherHodder Moa Beckett
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
LC ClassGV915.M65 A3 1997

Daniel Kyle Morrison (born 3 February 1966) is a former New Zealand international cricketer. He specialised as a pace bowler with a useful outswinger. He made his test debut for New Zealand in 1987 at the age of 21 against Australia.

He is fondly remembered by his fans for his big grin and his unique bowling action. During the final stride of the delivery his bowling arm used to displace air behind the umpire in such a manner that it would make umpire’s shirt flutter.

International career[edit]

His most notable bowling accomplishment occurred on 25 March 1994, when he took a hat-trick in a One Day International (ODI) against India.[1] He is one of only three New Zealanders and twenty-two players worldwide to have taken an ODI hat-trick.

However, arguably, he did have some form of batting prowess. His most famous innings was when he contributed 14 in a 106-run partnership with Nathan Astle for the tenth wicket against England, to save the match. This occurred in his final test appearance for the national team on 28 January 1997. He was dropped from the team after the match as this was the first (and last) vaguely successful manoeuvre Morrison had executed.

Fan following[edit]

Morrison's most 'notable' 'accomplishment' as a 'batsman' is that he once held the world record for Test ducks. Of the 48 Tests he played, he was dismissed without scoring in 24 innings.

Morrison was often subjected to good natured ridicule regarding this from his teammates and the general public due to his feeble efforts.[citation needed] This went as far as a tie being manufactured in 1996 featuring numerous ducks to celebrate his world record. He is sometimes referred to as "The Duckman" (see List of nicknames used in cricket) and also launched a duck caller for hunters on the back of his record. The duck callers were not very successful.

After cricket[edit]

Since his departure from international cricket, Morrison has been employed in numerous cricket-related positions. These include:

Personal life[edit]

Morrison currently lives on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, moving there in 2006 with his wife and children, Jacob and Tayla.[2]


Morrison released an autobiography after his retirement named Mad As I Wanna Be that was published in 1997. This received generally positive reviews although outspoken New Zealand Cricket commentator Richard Whiting described the overall tone of the book as 'mental'. He has also written a book called the Danny Morrison Junior Cricket Diary as an aid for aspiring young cricketers.


  1. ^ "First One-Day International, NEW ZEALAND v INDIA 1993–94". espncricinfo. 25 March 1994. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  2. ^ Geenty, Mark (3 December 2011). "Tragedy changed Danny Morrison's path". Stuff. Retrieved 7 October 2016.

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