|Full name||George Herrick Worker|
23 August 1989 |
Palmerston North, New Zealand
|Bowling style||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Role||Middle-order Batsman, Opening Batsman (T20's), All-Rounder|
|T20I debut (cap 67)||9 August 2015 v Zimbabwe|
|Domestic team information|
|2007-2011; 2014-present||Central Districts (squad no. 33)|
|2012-2013||Scotland in England League|
|New Zealand A|
|Source: Cricinfo, 9 August 2015|
George Herrick Worker (born 23 August 1989 in Palmerston North) is a cricketer. He is a member of the New Zealand Under 19 side in the Under 19 Cricket World Cup. He was named in New Zealand's squad for their tour to Zimbabwe in August 2015, after Mitchell Santner was ruled out due to injury. He made his Twenty20 International debut for New Zealand on 9 August 2015. He made his One Day International debut for New Zealand against South Africa on 23 August 2015.
He made his first class debut scoring 71 runs opening the batting for Central Districts in December 2007. He captained the Palmerston North Boys High School, the same school Jacob Oram had attended, first eleven for two years. He has represented the Central Districts Under 19 side. He skippered the New Zealand Under-19s, featured in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia then toured England in 2008.
A genuine all-rounder who bats in the top order and bowls left-arm spin, Worker made his first-class debut for Central Districts in December 2007, hitting 71 on debut. He played over 80 matches across all three formats for the Stags, including the 2010 Champions League tournament in South Africa, before switching to the Canterbury Wizards for the 2011/12 season, where he has recently[when?] posted his maiden first-class hundred (120*) against Auckland Aces.
In 2010/11 Worker enjoyed his best season on the domestic circuit in all formats. He hit 335 runs at 30.45, with three fifties in the first-class arena, then an impressive 307 runs at 51.16 including his maiden hundred in domestic cricket. In the T20 format, 207 runs at 25.87 and 4 wickets at 10, with an economy rate of 5.71 pushed his name forward for international consideration. Worker, has not only played Under-19 cricket for New Zealand, but featured for the national Emerging Players side against the touring England Lions in 2009. Later that year, he was part of the same side that played in the Cricket Australia Emerging Players Tournament in Brisbane.
He has also just returned from a success stint abroad, where he played league cricket in Scotland for SMRH which culminated in playing in the CB40 competition for Scotland. He was the sides leading run-scorer in two of his three fixtures.
Worker was named in 12-men New Zealand's squad for their tour to Zimbabwe in August 2015, after Mitchell Santner was ruled out due to injury. His first international appearance came during the single Twenty20 match on 9 August 2015. He top scored in the match with 62 runs off 38 balls with 4 sixes and 3 fours. New Zealand easily won the match and Worker was the man of the match. He has been called up to replace Neil Broom for the final 2 T20 matches against Bangladesh on 5 January, 2017, but will be released to play for Central District for the Domestic T20 Final on 7 January if he is not selected to play the day before, which he was released when it was announced he was replaced by Jimmy Neesham.
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