Mathew Sinclair

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Mathew Sinclair
Personal information
Full nameMathew Stuart Sinclair
Born (1975-11-09) 9 November 1975 (age 45)
Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleOccasional wicketkeeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 208)26 December 1999 v West Indies
Last Test27 March 2010 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 113)26 February 2000 v Australia
Last ODI10 January 2009 v West Indies
T20I debut (cap 8)17 February 2005 v Australia
Last T20I11 December 2007 v Australia
Domestic team information
1995/96–2012/13Central Districts
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 33 54 138 229
Runs scored 1,635 1,304 13,717 6,515
Batting average 32.05 28.34 48.64 34.83
100s/50s 3/4 2/8 36/68 7/48
Top score 214 118* 268 123
Balls bowled 24 2,659 172
Wickets 0 24 3
Bowling average 47.37 61.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 3/29 1/15
Catches/stumpings 31/– 17/0 203/1 114/2
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 May 2017

Mathew Stuart Sinclair (born 9 November 1975) is an Australian-born New Zealand cricketer. He is a right-handed middle order batsman who has also opened the innings. He holds the equal world record for the highest Test score (214) by a number three batsman on debut when he opened his international career against West Indies in the 1999 Boxing Day Test.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia, Sinclair moved to New Zealand with his mother after the death of his father in an accident when he was only five years old.

Domestic career[edit]

A right-handed middle-order batsman occasionally used as an opener, he played for Central Districts from the 1995–96 season, and in a period when the New Zealand cricket authorities were actively developing their infrastructure with the aim of raising the standards of the New Zealand team, he played for both Academy and A teams before making his Test debut.[1]

When batting for Central Districts against Northern Districts in 1997, he was left not out on 99 when Grant Bradburn bowled a wide down the legside that beat the wicketkeeper and went for four runs ending the game. The Central Districts team felt that this was very unsporting of Grant Bradburn, who was subsequently fined $100 for the incident.[2]

International career[edit]

He scored 214 on his debut, against West Indies at Wellington in 1999, and followed that with 204 not out against Pakistan in the following summer. But despite this most promising of starts, Sinclair struggled to gain a permanent place in both the Test and one-day sides after disappointing scores. As a result, he was intermittently featured in the international squad, most recently being the One Day International against the West Indies at Eden Park in January 2009.

An injury to Michael Papps in 2004/05 saw him called into the tour of Bangladesh as a 'makeshift' opener. His preferred position in the top of the middle-order was not available at the time. He did enough on that tour to gain selection for the tour to Australia where he had mixed results in the Tests, but not enough to maintain his spot when the Australians crossed the Tasman later that summer.

His form in the ODIs in Australia was sufficient to retain his place for the return series, but he lost his place after averaging 15 in the first three matches.


In July 2013 he announced his retirement from all cricket. At 37, after 18 seasons in the Central Districts side he is the team's all-time highest run-scorer, with more than 20,000 runs across all formats and remained a solid performer to the last, averaging over 40 in 2012-13.[3] Sinclair found the transition from a cricketer to working outside of cricket very difficult. He worked in a sports shop for eight months before being made redundant. He now works as a real estate agent.[4] In 2020, he was continuing to play club cricket in Napier.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Mathew Sinclair". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Former Black Cap Mathew Sinclair slams unsporting shocker and calls for ban". Stuff. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Mathew Sinclair announces his retirement". ESPNcricinfo. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ Seconi, Adrian (24 February 2017). "Life after retirement deeply humbling". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Six dismissals and century makes man of match decision easy in Hawke's Bay club cricket". NZ Herald. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Cricket: Mathew Sinclair left scratching his head after 20/20 Black Clash". NZ Herald. Retrieved 21 December 2020.

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