Ian Butler (cricketer)

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Ian Butler
Personal information
Full name Ian Gareth Butler
Born (1981-11-24) 24 November 1981 (age 33)
Middlemore, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
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
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Otago
2001–2008 Northern Districts
2004 Kent
2003 Gloucestershire
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 8 26 69 108
Runs scored 76 84 1,158 805
Batting average 9.50 10.50 18.38 15.78
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/5 0/1
Top score 26 25 73* 53*
Balls bowled 1,368 1,109 10,651 4,783
Wickets 24 28 200 122
Bowling average 36.83 37.07 30.35 33.93
5 wickets in innings 1 0 4 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/46 4/44 6/46 5/55
Catches/stumpings 4/– 8/– 16/– 22/–
Source: Cricinfo, 20 March 2013

Ian Gareth Butler (born 24 November 1981 in Middlemore) is a New Zealand cricketer, but has dual UK/NZ citizenship.

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.

He played for Northern Districts between 2001 and 2008 before moving to Otago, representing them in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20 in India.

He had stints in English county cricket with Gloucestershire in 2003 and Kent in 2004.

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.

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