Jeremy Coney

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Jeremy Coney
Personal information
Full nameJeremy Vernon Coney
Born (1952-06-21) 21 June 1952 (age 66)
Wellington, New Zealand
BowlingRight arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 129)5 January 1974 v Australia
Last Test15 March 1987 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 31)9 June 1979 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI28 March 1987 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 52 88 165 127
Runs scored 2,668 1,874 7,872 2,763
Batting average 37.57 30.72 35.14 31.39
100s/50s 3/16 0/8 8/47 0/14
Top score 174* 66* 174* 73*
Balls bowled 2,835 2,931 8,993 3,881
Wickets 27 54 111 71
Bowling average 35.77 37.75 31.17 38.26
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/28 4/46 6/17 4/46
Catches/stumpings 64/– 40/– 192/– 57/–
Source: Cricinfo, 22 January 2010

Jeremy Vernon Coney, MBE (born 21 June 1952) is a former New Zealand cricketer, who played 52 Test matches and 88 ODIs for New Zealand, captaining them in 15 Tests and 25 ODIs.

International career[edit]

He was one of New Zealand's most successful batsmen, at least by average, and he made 16 fifties, but centuries often eluded him and he had to wait nine years to make his first – by that time, he had turned 31. He only lost one Test series as captain, against Pakistan away, and he became a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1984.

Coney was the captain who in 1986, after the England wicketkeeper Bruce French was injured by a Hadlee bouncer, allowed Bob Taylor to leave the sponsor's tent and play as a substitute.[1] New Zealand won that series with the bowling of Richard Hadlee only slightly more potent than the captaincy of Coney. His medium-pace bowling was often used in ODIs, where it yielded 54 wickets, including four for 46 against Sri Lanka in 1985.

Beyond cricket[edit]

During his playing days, Coney's height, reach, and reactions as a slip fieldsman, earned him the nickname "The Mantis". He wrote Playing Mantis: An Autobiography in 1986. Along with John Parker and Bryan Waddle, he wrote The Wonderful Days of Summer in 1993.[2]

In the 1986 Queen's Birthday Honours, Coney was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket.[3]

In 2001 he made a television documentary series, The Mantis and the Cricket, which looked back on New Zealand's cricket history, using interviews with former players and historical footage.[4] The first part follows the 1937 New Zealand Cricket team which toured England with interviews of Walter Hadlee, Merv Wallace, Jack Kerr and Lindsay Weir.[5]

He now lives in south Oxfordshire and works as a commentator/summariser for Sky TV and Test Match Special, where he is noted for his regular use of the word "parsimonious". Coney is trained as a stage lighting designer; in 2008 he lit I Found My Horn, a solo play which has enjoyed runs at the Tristan Bates and the Hampstead theatres.[6]


  1. ^ Taylor, Bob (25 July 2009). "On this day, 25 July 1986: Bob Taylor's unexpected comeback". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ National Library of New Zealand catalogue
  3. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50553, 13 June 1986. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Coney hits the spot with documentary series" Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  5. ^ "The Mantis and the Cricket – Tales On Tour – F52195". New Zealand Film Archive. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  6. ^ Viner, Brian (29 November 2008). "How theatre replaced drama of cricket for captain Coney". The Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Geoff Howarth
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Jeff Crowe