|Full name||Luke Ronchi|
23 April 1981 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|ODI debut (cap 166/180)||27 June 2008
Australia v West Indies
|Last ODI||8 January 2014
New Zealand v West Indies
|Domestic team information|
|2002||Hampshire Cricket Board|
|Source: CricketArchive, 19 February 2014|
Luke Ronchi (// RONG-ki; born 23 April 1981) is a professional cricketer currently contracted to Wellington in New Zealand domestic cricket, having played international cricket for both the Australian and New Zealand national cricket teams. Born in Dannevirke in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand, Ronchi emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, with his family at an early age. A wicket-keeper, he debuted for Western Australia in January 2002 at the 2001–02 ING Cup. After a period as second-choice wicket-keeper behind Ryan Campbell, Ronchi became Western Australia's first-choice keeper after Campbell's retirement in 2006. For a period of time between 2007 and 2009, he served as Australia's second-choice keeper behind Brad Haddin, and played several matches for Australia A.
After Haddin broke his finger during the national team's 2008 tour of the West Indies, Ronchi played one Twenty20 International and four One-Day International matches, and later played two further Twenty20 International matches against the touring South African team in 2009. In Twenty20 cricket, Ronchi represented the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the 2008 and 2009 tournaments. He also played with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League for the 2011–12 inaugural season, as well as the 2012 Champions League. In February 2012, Ronchi announced his intention to return to New Zealand to further his cricketing career, and signed with the Wellington cricket team the following month. He made his ODI debut for New Zealand in May 2013, becoming the first player to play for both Australia and New Zealand at international level.
Ronchi is well known for his ability to score runs quickly and on 7 February 2007 he broke the record for the fastest domestic one-day hundred in Australian cricket. Opening the batting against New South Wales, Ronchi scored his maiden one-day ton off only 56 deliveries, beating the previous record held by fellow West Australian Adam Voges of 62 deliveries. When dismissed, he had scored 105 runs from just 64 balls and easily guided Western Australia to an 8-wicket victory over New South Wales.
Ronchi began the 2007–08 season in strong fashion. Proving that he is in the Australian selectors minds for the future, Ronchi was chosen as Australia A wicketkeeper for their tour of Pakistan. In the second first-class match of the tour, Ronchi scored a blistering 107 off 109 balls, striking 16 fours and 2 sixes. His good form continued into the Australian Domestic season, as he scored 104 against New South Wales in Western Australia's first List A match of the season. On 11 November 2007 Ronchi scored one of the fastest centuries in Australian Domestic history with a ton from 51 balls against Queensland. Ronchi struck 11 sixes in his innings of 105* with his second fifty coming from just 11 balls.
Indian Premier League
Luke Ronchi was also recruited by the Mumbai Indians team in 2007, one of the eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises. He played five matches for the team, spread throughout the 2008 and 2009 tournaments, scoring a total of 34 runs at an average of 6.80.
In April 2008, Cricket Australia named Brad Haddin as the only wicketkeeper in its list of 25 contracted players, overlooking Ronchi. Despite failing to receive a contract, Ronchi was called up to the Australian team in June 2008 during their tour of the West Indies when Haddin was unable to play after breaking his finger. After making his international debut in the tour's Twenty20 match (scoring 36 from 22 balls opening the batting with fellow West Australian on international debut, Shaun Marsh), he was not required to bat in his first two ODI matches. In the final game of the series, he was elevated up the batting order to number three and batted very well to record the equal second fastest fifty by an Australian on his way to scoring 64 from 28 balls, including six sixes and was awarded the player of the match award (later in the same match David Hussey scored an even faster fifty relegating Ronchi's innings to equal third fastest).
Return to New Zealand
In February 2012, Ronchi announced his intention to return to New Zealand in an attempt to qualify for the national team. He signed with Wellington in March 2012, and made his Plunket Shield debut on 18 March against Central Districts, scoring a century, 111, on debut for the team. In April 2013, Ronchi was selected by the New Zealand cricket board as part of the limited-overs squad for the New Zealand tour of England the following month. He made his debut for the team on 31 May 2013 at Lord's, scoring a duck and taking three catches. He thus became the first player to play international cricket for both Australia and New Zealand, 7th player in ODI history and the first since Kepler Wessels (Australia and South Africa) in the 1980s to play for two full members of the International Cricket Council.
- Twenty20 Matches played by Luke Ronchi (43) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- Twenty20 Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Luke Ronchi – CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- Bollinger and Marsh receive contracts; Cricinfo; 9 April 2008
- West Indies vs Australia Scorecard; Cricket Archive; 20 June 2008
- Brown, Alex; Ronchi and Hussey blast Australia to record win; Sydney Morning Herald; 7 July 2008
- AAP/Cooper, Adam; Haddin's back-up ready to excel; 11 January 2009
- Foreman, Glen (2012). WA wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi set to move to New Zealand – PerthNow. Posted 16 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- Wellington v Central Districts – ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- Bidwell, Hamish (2012). Luke Ronchi flies in for CD shield clash – stuff.co.nz. Published 17 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- Former Australia wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi to make debut for New Zealand in ODI against England – Fox Sports. Published 31 May 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- McGlashan, Andrew (2013). Ronchi reappears over the Tasman sea – ESPNCricinfo. Published 31 May 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.