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Chris Cairns

For the Australian sailor, see Christopher Cairns (sailor). the adjacent street. Cairns formerly held the world record
for most sixes in Tests (87, since surpassed by Adam
Gilchrist), and for a time held the New Zealand record
Christopher Lance Cairns, ONZM (born 13 June
1970) is a former all-rounder who played for the New for fastest century in ODIs (75 balls, currently owned by
Corey Anderson with 36 balls).
Zealand international cricket team, the Black Caps, and
is son of former New Zealand cricketer Lance Cairns. With the ball, Cairns career-best performance in Tests
He starred in both the One-day and Test New Zealand was 7/27 against the West Indies in 1999, and he is
teams, as well as the Canterbury New Zealand domes- New Zealands fourth highest wicket taker in Tests, aftic championship team. Cairns also captained the Black ter Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin.
Caps on seven occasions, usually when regular captain He is also one of only eight players to have reached the
Stephen Fleming was unavailable.
all-rounders double of 200 wickets and 3000 runs. Out
Cairns nished his Test career with a batting averages of of these seven players, Cairns reached the double 2nd
33.53 and a bowling average of 29.40. In 2000, he was fastest (58 Test) behind Ian Botham. In ODIs, Cairns
named as one of ve Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
came close to another double of 200 wickets and 5000
After his playing career Cairns went on to become a com- runs. Cairns nished his ODI career on 4950 runs, just
50 short. Cairns Test batting average at number seven
mentator with Sky Sport New Zealand.
(44.02) is the 5th best average for that position of all

The New Zealand Herald journalist, Richard Boock said

about Cairns: Its not a scientic measure of course, but
if Cairns body had held together long enough for him
to have played 100 Tests, his gures extrapolate out to
something like 5334 runs and 351 wickets very similar to those of Botham. He went on to say He was,
and should be remembered as, one of the games best allrounders.[3]


Cairns also played in the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal ODI, at the MCG. Cairns played for the ICC World
XI and scored 69 o 47 balls before being stumped by
Kumar Sangakkara o the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan. During his innings, Cairns put a 91 run partnership
on with captain, Ricky Ponting. With the ball, Cairns
picked up 137 o 6 overs.
Cairns batting

Injuries plagued Cairns throughout his career. There remains some debate over his statistics and how they reected his ability.[3] In Cairns career he played 62 Test
and missed a further 55 due to injury. Sidharth Monga
writing in 2009 that Cairns career returns were a poor
justication of his prodigious talent.[1]

Cairns was a destructive batsman who could hit sixes

straight down the ground and in his earlier days was an
intelligent fast-medium bowler.[1] Since then, persistent
injuries have forced him to drop his pace and rely more
on his hard-to-read slower ball.
Cairns also played for Northland in the Hawke Cup.
With the bat, Cairns has been the author of some of New
Zealand crickets most memorable innings, including his
unbeaten 102 to win the nal of the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy for New Zealand against India in Kenya, and 2 Retirement
his 158 from just 172 balls in a Test against South Africa
in 2004. Cairns knocked Shane Warne out of Australias Cairns retired from the New Zealand Test team in 2004.
bowling attack during a 2000 test in Wellington when he On 22 January 2006, Cairns announced his retirement
launched several sixes out of the Basin Reserve and onto from ODIs in a press conference. A Twenty20 match


3.1 Test Centuries

3.2 One Day International Centuries
His third century helped New Zealand to win their maiden
title in an ICC award. So far this title remains the only
victory for New Zealand in an ODI tournament involving
teams more than 2.

3.3 Test 5-Wicket Hauls

Cairns bowling for the Canterbury Wizards in 2006

During the Lords Test against England, he bowled England wicket-keeper Chris Read for zero. Read was ducking to the ball, what he thought was a beamer from Chris
Cairns but was in fact a well-disguised slower ball.

against the West Indies on 16 February 2006 was his last

game representing New Zealand. He was also part of the
ICC World XI that played in the World Cricket Tsunami 3.4
Appeal matches.

One Day International 5-Wicket Hauls

The New Zealand Herald compared his retirement to 4 Alleged match xing
those of Michael Jordan and Bjrn Borg on 15 February
2006. Cairns also left the door open for a comeback, but In December 2013, Cairns was the subject of allegations
said I don't think I could ever be tempted back.[4]
in an ICC investigation into match-xing.[11] He is alIn Cairns nal game, he bowled four overs for 24 and no leged to have attempted to manipulate games in India
wicket and scored a nine-ball duck, before being bowled when he was captain of the Chandigarh Lions in the short
by Chris Gayle. He also missed the stumps in both at- lived Indian Cricket League. Cairns has rejected these
tempts during the bowl o. Cricinfo describe his nal claims.
international as an untting farewell and that he de- Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent, an admitserved better.[5]
ted match xer, has said that Cairns has approached him
about xing matches.[14] New Zealand captain Brendon
McCullum has also told the Anti Corruption and Security
Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Councilal, that
Cairns made a match xing approach to him.[15] Cairns
insists that he has never xed a match, saying Vincent
His sister Louise was killed at Rolleston in an Auwanted to mitigate his sins by blaming others and takgust 1993 train accident; in September 2008 he coming issue with McCullum having waited three years bepleted a 1,001 km (622 mi) walk promoting rail safety
fore approaching the ICC.[15]
In March 2012 Cairns successfully sued former Indian
Cairns is married to Melanie Croser, an Australian who
Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi for libel, after
works for the sports marketing group Octagon in Sydney.
Modi posted on Twitter in 2010 that Cairns had been inIt is his third marriage. Cairns lives in Canberra and will
volved in match-xing during 2008. He won costs and
start playing for the local club North Canberra Gungahlin
damages.[16] On 12 September 2014, the Metropolitan
Eagles in the 2011/12 season. In his rst he scored 141
Police announced that they would charge Cairns with pero 66 balls, including 13 sixes. During this knock his last
jury stemming from the Modi libel trial.[17] His trial is
90 runs came o 27 balls.
likely to be in October 2015.[18]
He has joined the Indian Cricket League, and was the
captain of the Chandigarh Lions till 2008. He is currently
playing for Nottinghamshire in the English Twenty20 cup


5 Notes

In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.

[1] Monga, Sidharth (14 September 2009). Men of many

parts. CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-09-21.

The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.

[2] Basevi, Travis (11 October 2005). Best averages by batting position. Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-09-21.

[3] Boock, Richard (28 January 2006). Cricket: Cairns right

up there with the best of' em. The New Zealand Herald.
Retrieved 23 September 2011.
[4] Boock, Richard (15 February 2006). Cairns prepares for
nal bow. New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
[5] Cleaver, Dylan (16 February 2006).
farewell. ESPN. Retrieved 1 May 2012

An untting

[6] Cairns battles emotions at end of trek. New Zealand

Herald. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
[7] Statsguru: Chris Cairns, Cricinfo, 15 March 2010.
[8] Statsguru: Chris Cairns, Cricinfo, 15 March 2010.
[9] Statsguru: Chris Cairns, Cricinfo, 12 March 2010.
[10] Statsguru: Chris Cairns, Cricinfo, 15 March 2010.
[11] Crickets anti-corruption inquiry: Probe into games in
three countries. New Zealand Herald. 6 December
2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
[12] Chris Hewett (3 October 2014). Chris Cairns in court to
defend charge. New Zealand Herald.
[13] Chris Cairns named by NZ Test players ex-wife in matchxing testimony
[14] Derek Pringle (1 Jul 2014). Lou Vincent match-xing
apology puts Chris Cairns on spot. The Telegraph.
[15] Chris Cairns insists he has never xed a match, slams former New Zealand cricket team-mates
[16] Cairns awarded $950,000 for libel. New Zealand Herald. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
[17] Chris Cairns to be charged with perjury. New Zealand
Herald. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September
[18] Cairns trial likely in October 2015. ESPN Cricinfo. 16
October 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2015.

External links
Player prole: Chris Cairns from ESPNcricinfo
Chris Cairns from New Zealand Cricket


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