Grant Elliott

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Grant Elliott
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Personal information
Full name Grant David Elliott
Born (1979-03-21) 21 March 1979 (age 38)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Nickname Shunt, Magic, Hairy Javelin
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium, occasional off spin and leg spin
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 236) 22 March 2008 v England
Last Test 3 December 2009 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 150) 18 June 2008 v England
Last ODI 29 March 2015 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 88
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009 Surrey
2005–present Wellington (squad no. 44)
2001–2003 Gauteng
1999–2001 Griqualand West
2016 Quetta Gladiators
2016-present Chittagong Vikings
2017-present Lahore Qalandars
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 5 66 83 190
Runs scored 86 1,526 3,883 4,563
Batting average 10.75 34.68 30.57 33.30
100s/50s 0/0 2/8 8/20 6/25
Top score 25 115 196* 115
Balls bowled 282 864 7,216 4,317
Wickets 4 29 92 119
Bowling average 35.00 26.58 36.71 32.42
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/8 4/31 5/33 5/34
Catches/stumpings 2/– 11/– 46/– 62/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 March 2015

Grant David Elliott (born 21 March 1979) is a New Zealand cricketer. He is an all-rounder and plays for the Wellington Firebirds.

Early life[edit]

Son of a South African plastic surgeon, Grant Elliott attended St Stithians College,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]


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.[2]


He played for Weybridge CC 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.[2] 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.

Elliott works part-time as a business development manager.[8]

International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries[edit]

Grant Elliott's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 115 14  Australia Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2009 Lost
2 104* 54  Sri Lanka New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand University Oval 2015 Won

International Awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 England Wanderers, Johannesburg 29 September 2009 8-0-31-4 ; 1 ct. ; 3 (11 balls)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets.[9]
2 Sri Lanka University Oval, Dunedin 23 January 2015 104* (96 balls: 7x4, 2x6) ; 9-0-42-2  New Zealand won by 108 runs.[10]
3 Pakistan Westpac Stadium, Wellington 31 January 2015 4.3-0-26-3 ; 64* (68 balls: 8x4)  New Zealand won by 7 wickets.[11]
4 South Africa Eden Park, Auckland 24 March 2015 1-0-9-0; 84* (73 balls: 7x4, 3x6)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets(D/L).[12]


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