|Full name||Mark Donald Craig|
23 March 1987 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Test debut (cap 265)||8 June 2014 v West Indies|
|Last Test||22 September 2016 v India|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 11 May 2017
Mark Donald Craig (born 23 March 1987) is a New Zealand Test cricketer who plays first-class cricket for Otago. A spin bowler, he bowls right-arm off spin, and bats left-handed. He fields predominantly at second-slip.
Craig made his Test cricket debut for New Zealand against the West Indies in June 2014, winning the man of the match award for match bowling figures of 8 for 188. Craig has also shown the ability to bat in tight situations for his team,with his high score of 67 coming in a 4-hour stand with BJ Watling. Craig became the first cricketer in Test cricket to hit his first ball faced for six with the bat. He was also the fourth batsman in Test cricket to get off the mark by scoring a six and the first New Zealand player to achieve this milestone. Craig also spent two seasons in the UK playing for Coombs Wood Cricket Club in the Worcestershire League in 2005/06.
Test five-wicket hauls
|1||7/94||6||Pakistan||Sharjah Cricket Stadium||Sharjah||UAE||2014||Won|
Test 10 Wicket hauls
|1||10/203||6||Pakistan||Sharjah Cricket Stadium||Sharjah||UAE||2014||Won|
Man of the match awards
|S No||Series||Season||Series Performance||Result|
|1||West Indies in New Zealand||2013/14||1st innings: DNB; 24–3–91–4;
2nd innings: 7* (4 balls; 1×6); 15–2–97–4;
|New Zealand won by 186 runs.|
|2||New Zealand vs Pakistan in UAE||2014/15||1st innings: 27.4–5–94–7; 65 (85 balls; 2×4, 3x6);
2nd innings: 20.3–2–109–3
|New Zealand won by an innings and 80 runs.|
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