Ian Butler (cricketer)
|Full name||Ian Gareth Butler|
24 November 1981 |
Middlemore, New Zealand
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm fast|
|Test debut (cap 218)||13 March 2002 v England|
|Last Test||22 October 2004 v Bangladesh|
|ODI debut (cap 127)||13 February 2002 v England|
|Last ODI||3 October 2009 v Pakistan|
|ODI shirt no.||2 (prev. 60)|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 20 March 2013|
Although overshadowed by express speedster Shane Bond, Butler's fast bowling has proved a potent force in itself. His ability to get lift from benign surfaces winning him a test best 6 for 46 against Pakistan in Wellington in 2004. Following a series of back injuries, he failed to establish himself as an automatic selection in an increasingly strong New Zealand side and has not appeared in first class cricket since December 2004 though he is still active in one day cricket for Northern Districts.
At the age of 17, he had his first professional contract with Penrith in Lake District. The following year, he played for Purley in London.
In 2007 Butler played for Harborne Cricket Club in Birmingham, and coached some boys from King Edward's School Birmingham, Edgbaston. In 2008 he again played for Harborne Cricket Club, as well as Lashings Cricket Club in London.
Butler was recalled to the New Zealand squad in early 2009, and played in a Twenty20 International against Australia in Sydney, going on to play in the 2009 and 2010 ICC World Twenty20 tournaments in England and the West Indies.
He then re-signed for Gloucestershire in the 2010 Friends Provident t20 tournament.
In 2014 Butler signed for Northamptonshire.