James Franklin (cricketer)

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James Franklin
James Franklin and Joe Burns.jpg
Franklin (left) and Joe Burns in 2015
Personal information
Full nameJames Edward Franklin
Born (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 (age 40)
Wellington, New Zealand
BowlingLeft-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 234)8 March 2001 v Pakistan
Last Test2 January 2013 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 144)2 January 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI16 June 2013 v England
ODI shirt no.70
T20I debut (cap 6)16 February 2006 v West Indies
Last T20I27 June 2013 v England
Domestic team information
2011–2012Mumbai Indians
2012Adelaide Strikers
2013Guyana Amazon Warriors
2014Barbados Tridents
2016–2017Rajshahi Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 31 110 206 292
Runs scored 808 1,270 9,780 5,811
Batting average 20.71 23.96 35.56 32.83
100s/50s 1/2 0/4 22/43 4/34
Top score 122* 98* 219 133*
Balls bowled 4,767 3,848 25,509 9,623
Wickets 82 81 479 230
Bowling average 33.97 41.40 28.18 34.43
5 wickets in innings 3 1 14 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 6/119 5/42 7/14 5/42
Catches/stumpings 12/– 26/– 107/– 94/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 July 2018

James Edward Charles Franklin (born 7 November 1980) is a New Zealand cricket coach and former cricketer, who played all forms of the game internationally.

Franklin played as a left-arm medium-fast bowler who swung the ball, and an important middle order batsman who hit the ball with power.

He began his career as a capable left-handed lower order batsman, but has greatly improved his batting and is now seen as a first class middle order batsmen. He is one of only two New Zealanders to ever take a hat-trick in Test cricket (the other being Peter Petherick). He achieved this feat on 20 October 2004 against Bangladesh.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Kerry, with whom he has a son named Charlie, born in November 2008.[1]

International career[edit]

Franklin played his first game of International Cricket in an ODI in early 2001 aged just 20 due to an injury crisis with New Zealand bowlers. He played his Test debut in Auckland against Pakistan later in the year and scored a pair. With the ball he took the wickets of Mushtaq Ahmed and Mohammad Yousuf.

He was the Man of the Match in a game in the NatWest Series against England with 5 for 42 at Durham. He then took part in a Test series against Bangladesh in 2004–05 and helped New Zealand to victory with 5/28 in the 1st Test. He then took a career best 6 for 119 in the 3rd Test of Australia's tour of New Zealand in March 2005. Bowling figures of 5/53 came against the West Indies at Wellington later in the year. In 2006 he played for Glamorgan in County Cricket.

On 29 April 2006, Franklin hit his maiden Test century of 122 not out in the 2nd Test against South Africa at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town. Franklin has scored two first-class double centuries, both for Wellington against Auckland: 208 in 2005/06, and 219 in 2008/09.

Franklin took a wicket with his first legitimate ball (also the first legitimate ball of the match) in their 2007 World Cup opener against England. He became the only player to achieve this feat on his World Cup debut.[2]

In the 2010 tour to India, he excelled with the bat, scoring 98*, 72*, and 17*, proving his worthiness with the bat. In the Twenty 20 series against Pakistan, he was pushed up the batting order, due to his skills in the format, and it ultimately proved successful for New Zealand, winning the series. He also takes the new ball in this format.

He scored 47* runs in first ODI match of the New Zealand tour to South Africa in January 2013 in a low scoring game in which the Kiwis won by 1 wicket. He was man of the match for his bowling figures 1/44 and runs with the bat.


Franklin holds the record for the highest ever batting strike rate in a World Cup match when scored unbeaten 31 off 8 balls with a strike rate of 387.50[3][4]

Indian Premier League[edit]

In the fourth season of the IPL, Franklin was contracted by Mumbai Indians for US$100,000. James Franklin was awarded Man of the Match in match 70 of the IPL between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders for his contributions of both bat and ball (45* off 23 balls and 2/35 in 4 overs). Needing 21 off the last over to be bowled by Lakshmipathy Balaji, Franklin scored 17 runs off the first five balls (4 boundaries in first 4 balls) and with Ambati Rayudu hitting a six off the last ball, sealed a stunning victory for the Mumbai Indians to finish 3rd in the IPL standings.

County cricket[edit]

Franklin has previously played county cricket for Essex, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Middlesex.

On 6 February 2015, it was announced that James Franklin had signed for Middlesex, initially on a two-year contract, effectively retiring from international cricket. Due to an Northern Irish grandfather from Enniskillen, he represented the club as a domestic player in all formats of the game until the end of the 2018 season.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sleepless Franklin expected to swing". The Dominion Post. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. ^ Rajesh, S; Gopalakrishna, HR (16 March 2007). "Oram plunders England ... again". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "30th Match, Group A: Canada v New Zealand at Mumbai, Mar 13, 2011 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | World Cup | Highest strike rates in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2017.

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