John Wright (cricketer)

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John Wright
Personal information
Full name John Geoffrey Wright
Born (1954-07-05) 5 July 1954 (age 62)
Darfield, New Zealand
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
Role Batsman, Coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 141) 10 February 1978 v England
Last Test 16 March 1993 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 28) 15 July 1978 v England
Last ODI 12 December 1992 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1975–1984 Northern Districts
1977–1988 Derbyshire
1984–1989 Canterbury
1989–1993 Auckland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 82 149 366 349
Runs scored 5,334 3,891 25,073 10,240
Batting average 37.82 26.46 42.35 30.84
100s/50s 12/23 1/24 59/126 6/68
Top score 185 101 192 108
Balls bowled 30 24 370 42
Wickets 0 0 2 1
Bowling average 169.50 18.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/4 1/8
Catches/stumpings 38/– 51/– 192/– 108/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 November 2016

John Geoffrey Wright, MBE (born 5 July 1954), is a former international cricketer representing – and captaining – New Zealand, and, following his retirement in 1993, coaching the Indian national cricket team from 2000 to 2005. He made his international debut in 1978 against England.

During his career, he scored over 5,000 Test runs (the first New Zealand Test player to do so)[1] at an average of 37.82 runs per dismissal with 12 Test centuries, 10 of them in New Zealand. He also played for Derbyshire in England. In first-class cricket he scored over 25,000 runs, having scored over 50 first-class centuries. He has also scored over 10,000 runs in List A limited overs cricket.

International career[edit]

He typically opened for New Zealand, and was noted as a tenacious, rather than spectacular, batsman. His team nickname was "shake"; reputedly a reflection on his packing technique. Together with Bruce Edgar of Wellington, he formed what was arguably New Zealand's most successful and reliable opening partnership. During a match against Australia in 1980, he became the second player in history to score an eight off one ball in a Test, running four and collecting four overthrows.[2] Toward the end of his career he used an unorthodox batting stance; whereas most batsman face the bowler with the bat in line with their legs, and perpendicular to the ground, Wright would stand with his bat raised in parallel to it.

After cricket[edit]

After retiring, Wright worked in sales for around two years – self-confessedly without great success. After taking up coaching for Kent County Cricket Club, Wright enjoyed a successful coaching career with India, from 2000 to 2005, during which time the team improved immensely, winning a home test-series 2–1 against Australia (which included the historic Kolkata test which India won coming back from a follow-on with Indian batsman VVS Laxman making 281*), drawing a test series against Australia in Australia 1–1 in a four-match test series in 2003–04 (Steve Waugh's farewell test series), winning a series against arch-rivals, Pakistan, and reaching the final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup held in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The following months saw the team lose form, and series' to Australia and Pakistan. In May 2005, former Australian skipper, Greg Chappell took over from Wright.

Wright was also appointed as coach of the World XI team that played Australia in the ICC Super Series 2005.

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Wright's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

In the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, Wright was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket.[3]

In 1990 together with New Zealand writer Paul Thomas he wrote an entertaining autobiography Christmas in Rarotonga.

In 2006, Wright co-authored the book John Wright's Indian Summers describing his experiences as coach of the Indian Cricket Team along with Indian journalist Sharda Ugra and Paul Thomas.

On 20 December 2010, Wright was named as NZ Cricket Coach, replacing Mark Greatbatch. He resigned that role in 2012, following New Zealand's tour of the West Indies.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2013 Wright was appointed head coach of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League competition. The Mumbai Indians won that edition of the IPL making his first campaign a successful one.[5]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of John Wright
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 110 17  India New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1981 Drawn
[2] 110 20  Australia New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park 1982 Lost
[3] 130 28  England New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1984 Drawn
[4] 107 34  Pakistan Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan Karachi National Stadium 1984 Drawn
[5] 119 49  England England London, England Kennington Oval 1986 Drawn
[6] 138 50  West Indies New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1987 Drawn
[7] 103 57  England New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1988 Drawn
[8] 185 65  India New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park 1990 Won
[9] 113* 66  India New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 1990 Drawn
[10] 117* 68  Australia New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1990 Won
[11] 101 73  Sri Lanka New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Trust Bank Park 1991 Drawn
[12] 116 77  England New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1992 Drawn

One Day International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of John Wright
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 101 105  England New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 1988 Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ICC's official Facebook Page". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Steven (25 November 2008). "Eight off one ball, and six ducks all in a row". Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  3. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51367, 10 June 1988. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  4. ^ Woodcock, Fred (1 May 2012). "John Wright to step down as Black Caps coach". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "John Wright to coach in IPL". 3 News NZ. 28 January 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jeff Crowe
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Martin Crowe
Preceded by
Anshuman Gaekwad
Indian National Cricket Coach
November 2000 – April 2005
Succeeded by
Greg Chappell