Michael Papps

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Michael Papps
Personal information
Full name Michael Horatio William Papps
Born (1979-07-02) 2 July 1979 (age 37)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Nickname Super Michael Pappsy
Batting style Right-hand opening
Role Wicketkeeper
Relations TJT Papps (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 225) 10 March 2004 v South Africa
Last Test 16 November 2007 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 137) 13 February 2004 v South Africa
Last ODI 26 February 2005 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1998–2011 Canterbury
2011– Wellington
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 8 6 103 99
Runs scored 246 207 6,256 3,491
Batting average 16.40 51.75 36.58 39.22
100s/50s 0/2 0/2 17/26 8/19
Top score 86 92* 192 137*
Balls bowled 12
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 0/2
Catches/stumpings 11/0 1/0 117/4 51/3
Source: CricketArchive, 19 August 2009

Michael Horatio William Papps (born 2 July 1979) is a New Zealand right-handed opening batsman and wicket-keeper.



Papps made his first-class debut in the 1998-99 season for his local provincial club Canterbury Wizards, for which he would go on to make 6,663 runs, second most for an individual player for one province. He switched to Wellington Firebirds in July 2011 after twelves seasons with the Wizards.[1]

Papps is going to play for Burbage and Easton Royal Cricket Club in Wiltshire for the 2013 Wiltshire season.[2]


After a successful career in the junior teams, Papps was selected for the one-day series against South Africa in 2003–04 to solve New Zealand's long-running search for a capable opening batsman to partner Stephen Fleming. He made 59 on his debut but struggled with injuries afterwards. During a ODI against Australia in Auckland in early 2005, he was hit in the head twice by Brett Lee's bouncers. A subsequent scan ruled out brain injury but he never made another ODI appearance after the incident.[3]


  1. ^ "Cricket Wellington signs Michael Papps". canterburycricket.org. 7 July 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Early exits for Tuffey and Papps". Cricinfo. 28 February 2005. 

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