Grant Elliott

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Grant Elliott
Grant Elliott 2018 (cropped).jpg
Elliott in 2018
Personal information
Full nameGrant David Elliott
Born (1979-03-21) 21 March 1979 (age 42)
Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa
NicknameShunt, Magic, Hairy Javelin
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium, occasional off spin and leg spin
International information
National sides
Test debut (cap 236)22 March 2008 
New Zealand v England
Last Test3 December 2009 
New Zealand v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 150)18 June 2008 
New Zealand v England
Last ODI8 February 2016 
New Zealand v Australia
ODI shirt no.88
T20I debut (cap 36)15 February 2009 
New Zealand v Australia
Last T20I12 September 2017 
World XI v Pakistan
Domestic team information
1996/97Transvaal B
1998/99; 2002/03Gauteng
1999/00–2000/01Griqualand West
2005/06–2016/17Wellington (squad no. 44)
2016Quetta Gladiators
2016St Lucia Zouks
2016Chittagong Vikings
2017Lahore Qalandars (squad no. 88)
2017–2018Warwickshire (squad no. 88)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 5 83 83 211
Runs scored 86 1,976 3,883 5,126
Batting average 10.75 34.06 30.57 33.50
100s/50s 0/0 2/11 8/20 7/28
Top score 25 115 196* 115
Balls bowled 282 1,302 7,216 4,827
Wickets 4 39 92 130
Bowling average 35.00 30.23 36.71 33.36
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/8 4/31 5/33 5/34
Catches/stumpings 2/– 17/– 46/– 70/–
Source: Cricinfo, 13 January 2019

Grant David Elliott (born 21 March 1979) is a former New Zealand cricketer, who played all formats of the game. Primarily a batting all-rounder, Elliott contributed a man of the match performance to provide entrance to New Zealand's first ever World Cup final, by beating South Africa in 2015. Domestically, he played for the Wellington Firebirds.

In March 2017, he announced his retirement from international cricket[1] and in August 2018, he retired from all forms of cricket.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

The son of a South African plastic surgeon, Grant Elliott attended St Stithians College,[4] whose notable cricketing alumni include Michael Lumb, Roy Pienaar, David Terbrugge, Dave Rundle and Kagiso Rabada.

South Africa[edit]

He debuted with 67 in 1996–97 at Gauteng, where on the advice of his captain, former New Zealand test skipper Ken Rutherford, who saw the quota system possibly blocking his path to higher honours, Elliott left his native Johannesburg for New Zealand in 2001.[5] He played one match for South Africa 'A' against India 'A' before he qualified to play for New Zealand in 2007.

International career[edit]

Called up to the national team in early 2008 during England's tour, he made his Test debut against England in the third test in Napier replacing Jacob Oram.[6]

Elliott has gone on to also make his ODI debut for New Zealand against England taking 3 wickets. In his second game he scored his maiden ODI 50. His maiden ODI century was in the 3rd game of the Chappell-Hadlee series scoring 115 against Australia at the SCG on Sunday 8 February 2009.

He also did well in the Champions trophy in South Africa in 2009 as he took a four wicket haul against England at the Wanderers which actually helped New Zealand to qualify for the semifinals and in the semifinals he played an innings of 75 not out to take the Black caps to victory against Pakistan.

World records[edit]

Elliott scored his second ODI century when Sri Lanka toured New Zealand prior to the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Elliott and Luke Ronchi both broke several batting records as the pair lifted New Zealand from 93/5 to a commanding 360 off their 50 overs. Their stand of 267* is the highest 6th wicket partnership in ODIs.[7]

In the inaugural Pakistan Super League in 2016 he along with Zulfiqar Babar set the highest 10th wicket partnership in any forms of T20 (63).[8][9]

2015 World Cup[edit]

His finest moment however came in the 2015 World Cup Semi final against South Africa where he scored an unbeaten 84 and was adjudged the Man of the Match.[10] He hit the winning six off the second to last ball of the innings from Dale Steyn and created history by putting New Zealand into their first ever Cricket World Cup Final. In the final against Australia, Elliot top-scored for New Zealand, scoring 83 runs.[11]

After the World Cup, Elliott was named in the Twenty20 side in 2016 after suffering an arm injury playing domestically for Wellington.

In April 2016, Elliott announced his retirement from ODI cricket.[12]

In August 2017, he was named in a World XI side to play three Twenty20 International matches against Pakistan in the 2017 Independence Cup in Lahore.[13]


Early on, Ken Rutherford noted his strong batting technique while also noting his occasional lack of self-belief. Former coach of the Wellington Firebirds, Anthony Stuart, commented that was "a tough cookie", and praised his commitment and high work ethic. Glenn Turner, former convener of the national selection panel, considered Elliott a "thoughtful character" whose offside play was exceptional, such as his hallmark shot, the lofted drive over extra cover.[5]


He played for Weybridge Cricket Club in the Surrey Championship in 2008.

Elliott is the maker of the Buzz Cricket Bat. It is used by himself, Dewayne Bowden, Mark Houghton, Leighton Morgan, Chris Nevin and Luke Woodcock.[5] Luke Woodcock scored 220 with it in a first-class game. Since he has been injured he has worked with Sky Sport in the 2010 HRV Cup.

In 2015 Elliott worked part-time as a business development manager.[14]

Now works full-time for cricHQ as a General Manager.[15] He is also a cricket commentator for Spark Sports. His international shirt number has now passed to fellow ex-pat Black Cap - Devon Conway.


  1. ^ "Elliott signs Birmingham Kolpak deal and calls time on NZ". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Elliott retires from all forms of cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  3. ^ "New Zealand's CWC 2015 hero Grant Elliott calls it quits". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  4. ^ Grant Elliott at ESPNcricinfo Retrieved 2008-10-23
  5. ^ a b c Millmow, Jonathan (9 February 2009). "Black Cap Grant Elliott creates a buzz". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  6. ^ Kiwis turn to all-rounder Elliot BBC News retrieved 1 March 2008
  7. ^ "Ronchi, Elliott shatter records and flatten Sri Lanka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  8. ^ "17th Match: Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi at Sharjah, Feb 14, 2016 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Records | Twenty20 matches | Partnership records | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  10. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 1st Semi-Final: New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 24, 2015". Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Grant Elliott retires from ODIs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Faf du Plessis named captain of World XI to travel to Pakistan". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  14. ^ "From Beaver to Dreamer: Grant Elliott could be Black Caps' Stephen Donald". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  15. ^ CricHQ. "Captains Report May 2019". Retrieved 30 July 2019.

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