Glenn Turner

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Glenn Turner
Personal information
Full name Glenn Maitland Turner
Born (1947-05-26) 26 May 1947 (age 69)
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Batting style Right-handed
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 174) 27 February 1969 v West Indies
Last Test 11 March 1983 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 9) 11 February 1973 v Pakistan
Last ODI 20 June 1983 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1977/78–1982/83 Otago
1976/77 Northern Districts
1967–1982 Worcestershire
1967 Marylebone Cricket Club
1964/65–1975/76 Otago
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 41 41 455 313
Runs scored 2,991 1,598 34,346 10,784
Batting average 44.64 47.00 49.70 37.70
100s/50s 7/14 3/9 103/148 14/66
Top score 259 171* 311* 171*
Balls bowled 12 6 442 196
Wickets 5 9
Bowling average 37.80 16.88
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling –/– –/– 3/18 2/4
Catches/stumpings 42/– 13/– 409/– 125/–
Source: Cricinfo, 25 August 2010

Glenn Maitland Turner (born 26 May 1947) played cricket for New Zealand and was one of the country's best and most prolific batsmen. He is the current head of the New Zealand Cricket selection panel.

Early days[edit]

Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, he represented New Zealand in 41 Tests, and achieved an average of 44.64, including seven centuries. He went to Otago Boys' High School. He would have appeared for his country much more, however, had he not elected to be unavailable for several seasons after falling out with administrators.

His brothers are poet Brian Turner and golfer Greg Turner. His wife, Dame Sukhi Turner, is a former mayor of Dunedin.

Early career[edit]

Turner made his mark on the first-class cricket scene, particularly with Worcestershire in the English county championship. In all, he played 455 first-class matches, amassing 34,346 runs at 49.70, including 103 centuries—making him one of a select few to score a "century of centuries", one of only four non-English cricketers to do so (the others being Donald Bradman, Zaheer Abbas and Viv Richards). Turner also coached the New Zealand side twice—once in the mid-1980s, when he presided over the team's first and (to date) only series victory in Australia, and again a decade later.

Turner is one of only two players (the other being Graeme Hick in 1988 also for Worcestershire) since the Second World War to have scored 1000 first-class runs in England before the end of May, a feat he achieved in 1973. Among the eight batsmen who have done this, only Turner and Donald Bradman did it while playing for a touring team.[1]

Record breaking[edit]

He also holds the record of highest percentage of runs scored in any completed innings 83.43% after he scored 141* out of Worcestershire's 169 against Glamorgan at Swansea in 1977. The remaining batsmen scored 27, highest 7 and there was one extra.[2] On 29 May, 1982, Turner became the first batsman in 33 years to score 300 runs in a single day in England. He was 311 not out when Worcestershire declared at 501-1 against Warwickshire.[3] His 171 not out against East Africa in the 1975 World Cup is the longest individual innings in one-day international history, occupying 201 balls.[4]

Glenn Turner is also the first to score an ODI 150 as well as world cup 150 and also holds the record for the only batsman in ODI history to have faced over 200 deliveries.[5]


  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.

Test Centuries[edit]

Glenn Turner's Test Centuries[6]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 110 9  Pakistan Pakistan Dhaka, Pakistan Bangabandhu National Stadium 1969 Drawn
2 223* 12  West Indies West Indies Cricket Board Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 1972 Drawn
3 259 15  West Indies West Indies Cricket Board Georgetown, Guyana Bourda 1972 Drawn
4 101 26  Australia New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park 1974 Won
5 110* 26  Australia New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park 1974 Won
6 117 31  India New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park 1976 Drawn
7 113 36  India India Kanpur, India Green Park Stadium 1976 Drawn

One Day International Centuries[edit]

Glenn Turner's One Day International Centuries[7]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 171* 8 East Africa England Birmingham, England Edgbaston 1975 Won
2 114* 10  India England Manchester, England Old Trafford 1975 Won
3 140 35  Sri Lanka New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1983 Won
Glenn Turner's career performance graph.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bevan Congdon
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Mark Burgess
Preceded by
Norman Gifford
Worcestershire County Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Phil Neale