|Full name||Mark John Greatbatch|
|Born||11 December 1963|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Test debut (cap 165)||25 February 1988 v England|
|Last Test||28 November 1996 v Pakistan|
|ODI debut (cap 60)||9 March 1988 v England|
|Last ODI||8 December 1996 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 7 May 2017
Mark John Greatbatch (born on 11 December 1963 in Auckland) is a former New Zealand cricketer. He scored more than 2,000 runs in his 41 Tests for New Zealand. A left-handed batsman and very occasional right-arm medium pace bowler in first class cricket for Auckland and Central Districts, Greatbatch scored 9,890 first class runs in total as well as being an occasional wicket keeper.
Greatbatch highest test score of 146 not out off 485 balls was against Australia at Perth in November 1989. Greatbatch was at the crease for 11 hours (2 days) to save New Zealand from defeat, the game ending in a draw because of his efforts. He received a standing ovation at the end of the game. Greatbatch’s defensive innings is still considered by many pundits[who?] to be one of the greatest cricket centuries ever, under the circumstances.
For the 1992 Cricket World Cup Greatbatch was not selected to play in the first match, against Australia. However, he was selected to open against South Africa in place of John Wright, who had been injured, and proceeded to bat aggressively to take advantage of fielding restrictions early in the innings. The strategy worked, so was repeated again throughout the World Cup and Greatbatch became one of the first 'pinch hitter' players to open an innings in One Day Internationals. Because of this success other cricketing nations, notably Sri Lanka, adopted the idea of opening with an aggressive batsman who normally plays in the middle order of test matches to score quick runs early and this tactic is now common in international cricket.
Greatbatch was a solid fielder and took some excellent diving catches throughout his career. In September 2005 he became director of coaching at Warwickshire County Cricket Club in England. After relegation from both the County Championship and Pro40 League in 2007 he was replaced by Ashley Giles. In January, 2010, Greatbatch was appointed the coach of the New Zealand national cricket team.
|Test centuries of Mark Greatbatch|
|||107*||1||England||Auckland, New Zealand||Eden Park||1988||Drawn|
|||146*||7||Australia||Perth, Australia||WACA Ground||1989||Drawn|
|||133||23||Pakistan||Hamilton, New Zealand||Trust Bank Park||1993||Lost|
One Day International centuries
|One Day International centuries of Mark Greatbatch|
|||102*||25||England||Leeds, England||Headingley Cricket Ground||1990||Won|
|||111||26||England||London, England||Kennington Oval||1990||Lost|
One Day International Cricket
Man of the Match Awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||England||Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds||23 May 1990||102* (104 balls: 9×4, 3x6)||New Zealand won by 4 wickets.|
|2||South Africa||Eden Park, Auckland||29 February 1992||68 (60 balls: 9×4, 2x6)||New Zealand won by 7 wickets.|
|3||India||Carisbrook, Dunedin||12 March 1992||2 Ct. ; 73 (77 balls: 5×4, 4x6)||New Zealand won by 4 wickets.|
|4||South Africa||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||23 February 1995||76 (85 balls: 7×4, 2x6) ; 2 Ct.||New Zealand won by 46 runs.|
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