John Mills (New Zealand cricketer)
3 September 1905|
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
|Died||11 December 1972
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
|Relations||George Mills (father)|
|Test debut (cap 13)||24 January 1930 v England|
|Last Test||31 March 1933 v England|
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017
A left-handed opening batsman, Jackie Mills played for Auckland from 1924-25 to 1937-38, and toured England with the New Zealand teams of 1927 and 1931, scoring over 1000 runs on each tour.
He was the first New Zealander to make a Test century on debut. He scored 117 for New Zealand against England at Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand, in 1929-30, and he and Stewie Dempster put on 276 for the first wicket. However, Mills's next nine Test innings produced only 124 runs.
In the first match of the 1929-30 season he scored 185, his highest score, in an innings victory for Auckland over Otago. He scored more than half of Auckland's total of 356, and more than Otago's two innings combined. In an Auckland club match for Eden against University in 1924-25, he and Hector Gillespie shared an opening stand of 441.
Dick Brittenden said: "Mills, lean and graceful, never seemed sufficiently robust for the demands of test cricket; he could probably claim to be the only test batsman who habitually wore wool, from neck to ankle, next to the skin. But if his batting looked effete, it was effective. A most graceful driver and cutter, he had the left-hander's penchant for the hook. Spare and frail he was, but there was tremendous power which came from some hidden source; he was New Zealand's nearest approach to Woolley."
|Test centuries of John Mills|
|||117||1||England||Wellington, New Zealand||Basin Reserve||1930||Drawn|