James Franklin (cricketer)

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James Franklin
Personal information
Full name James Edward Charles Franklin
Born (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 (age 35)
Wellington, New Zealand
Nickname Franko
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 234) {{{testdebutdate}}} 2010 v Pakistan
Last Test 2010 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 144) 2 January 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 16 June 2013 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1998–present Wellington
2004–2010 Gloucestershire
2006 Glamorgan
2011–present Mumbai Indians
2012 Essex
2013–present Guyana Amazon Warriors
2015–present Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 31 110 148 236
Runs scored 808 1,270 6,831 4,373
Batting average 21.71 23.96 34.85 32.15
100s/50s 1/2 0/4 14/29 3/23
Top score 122* 98* 219 133*
Balls bowled 4,767 3,848 22,068 8,498
Wickets 82 81 437 201
Bowling average 33.97 41.40 26.55 34.70
5 wickets in innings 3 1 14 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/119 5/42 7/14 5/42
Catches/stumpings 12/– 26/– 56/– 73/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 16 June 2013

James Edward Charles Franklin (born 7 November 1980 in Wellington) is a New Zealand cricketer. He is a left-arm medium-fast bowler who can swing the ball. 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.

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.[1]

He is married to Kerry, with whom he has a son named Charlie, born in November 2008.[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 New Zealand tour to South Africa on January 2013 in a low scoring game in which kiwis won by 1 wicket.he was man of the match for his bowling Figures 1/44 and runs with the bat.

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* of 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 Glamorgan and Gloucestershire. Franklin signed for English county Essex for the 2012 Friends Life t20.[3]

On 6 February 2015, it was announced that James Franklin had signed for Middlesex on a two-year contract, effectively retiring from international cricket. Franklin will represent the club in all formats of the game.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rajesh, S; Gopalakrishna, HR (16 March 2007). "Oram plunders England ... again". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sleepless Franklin expected to swing". The Dominion Post. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Essex sign James Franklin for t20". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 

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