|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
A top-order batsman, Stead played five Tests in nine months in 1999, averaging 34.75 and never being dismissed in single figures. Against South Africa he showed his great character, digging in and grinding out runs, but after two mediocre performances against West Indies he was dropped. His call-up had come after eight years of first-class cricket with Canterbury, and he led them for five seasons from 1998-99 in a period in which they struggled.
After he finished playing, he took up coaching and became coach of the successful New Zealand women's team.