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Chris Cairns

For the Australian sailor, see Christopher Cairns (sailor).

Christopher Lance Cairns, ONZM (born 13 June 1970) is a former all-rounder who played for the New Zealand international cricket team, the Black Caps, and is son of former New Zealand cricketer Lance Cairns. He starred in both the One-day and Test New Zealand teams, as well as the Canterbury New Zealand domes- tic championship team. Cairns also captained the Black Caps on seven occasions, usually when regular captain Stephen Fleming was unavailable.

Cairns finished his Test career with a batting averages of 33.53 and a bowling average of 29.40. In 2000, he was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

After his playing career Cairns went on to become a com- mentator with Sky Sport New Zealand.



a com- mentator with Sky Sport New Zealand. 1 Career Cairns batting Cairns was a destructive

Cairns batting

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.

With the bat, Cairns has been the author of some of New Zealand cricket’s most memorable innings, including his unbeaten 102 to win the final of the 2000 ICC Knock- Out Trophy for New Zealand against India in Kenya, and his 158 from just 172 balls in a Test against South Africa in 2004. Cairns knocked Shane Warne out of Australia’s bowling attack during a 2000 test in Wellington when he launched several sixes out of the Basin Reserve and onto

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 for fastest century in ODIs (75 balls, currently owned by Corey Anderson with 36 balls).

With the ball, Cairns’ career-best performance in Tests was 7/27 against the West Indies in 1999, and he is New Zealand’s fourth highest wicket taker in Tests, af- ter Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin.

He is also one of only eight players to have reached the all-rounder’s double of 200 wickets and 3000 runs. Out of these seven players, Cairns reached the double 2nd fastest (58 Test) behind Ian Botham. In ODIs, Cairns came close to another double of 200 wickets and 5000 runs. Cairns finished his ODI career on 4950 runs, just 50 short. Cairns Test batting average at number seven (44.02) is the 5th best average for that position of all time. [2]

The New Zealand Herald journalist, Richard Boock said about Cairns: “It’s not a scientific measure of course, but if Cairns’ body had held together long enough for him to have played 100 Tests, his figures extrapolate out to something like 5334 runs and 351 wickets – very sim- ilar to those of Botham.” He went on to say “He was, and should be remembered as, one of the game’s best all- rounders.” [3]

Cairns also played in the World Cricket Tsunami Ap- peal ODI, at the MCG. Cairns played for the ICC World XI and scored 69 off 47 balls before being stumped by Kumar Sangakkara off the bowling of Muttiah Muralitha- ran. During his innings, Cairns put a 91 run partnership on with captain, Ricky Ponting. With the ball, Cairns picked up 1–37 off 6 overs.

Injuries plagued Cairns throughout his career. There re- mains some debate over his statistics and how they re- flected 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 justification of his prodigious talent.” [1]

Cairns also played for Northland in the Hawke Cup.

2 Retirement

Cairns retired from the New Zealand Test team in 2004. On 22 January 2006, Cairns announced his retirement from ODIs in a press conference. A Twenty20 match




2 5 NOTES Cairns bowling for the Canterbury Wizards in 2006 against the West Indies on

Cairns bowling for the Canterbury Wizards in 2006

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 Appeal matches.

The New Zealand Herald compared his retirement to those of Michael Jordan and Björn Borg on 15 February 2006. Cairns also left the door open for a comeback, but said “I don't think I could ever be tempted back”. [4]

In Cairns’ final game, he bowled four overs for 24 and no wicket and scored a nine-ball duck, before being bowled by Chris Gayle. He also missed the stumps in both at- tempts during the bowl off. Cricinfo describe his final international as “an unfitting farewell” and that “he de- served better”. [5]

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 competition.

His sister Louise was killed at Rolleston in an Au- gust 1993 train accident; in September 2008 he com- pleted a 1,001 km (622 mi) walk promoting rail safety awareness. [6]

Cairns is married to Melanie Croser, an Australian who works for the sports marketing group Octagon in Sydney. It is his third marriage. Cairns lives in Canberra and will start playing for the local club North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles in the 2011/12 season. In his first he scored 141 off 66 balls, including 13 sixes. During this knock his last 90 runs came off 27 balls.

3 Statistics

In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.

The column title Match refers to the Match Num- ber of his career.

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

During the Lord’s Test against England, he bowled Eng- land wicket-keeper Chris Read for zero. Read was duck- ing to the ball, what he thought was a beamer from Chris Cairns but was in fact a well-disguised slower ball.

3.4 One Day International 5-Wicket Hauls

4 Alleged match fixing

In December 2013, Cairns was the subject of allegations in an ICC investigation into match-fixing. [11] He is al- leged to have attempted to manipulate games in India when he was captain of the Chandigarh Lions in the short lived Indian Cricket League. [12] Cairns has rejected these claims. [13]

Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent, an admit- ted match fixer, has said that Cairns has approached him about fixing 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 fixing approach to him. [15] Cairns insists that he has never fixed a match, saying Vincent wanted to “mitigate his sins by blaming others” and tak- ing issue with McCullum having waited three years be- fore approaching the ICC. [15]

In March 2012 Cairns successfully sued former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi for libel, after Modi posted on Twitter in 2010 that Cairns had been in- volved in match-fixing during 2008. He won costs and damages. [16] On 12 September 2014, the Metropolitan Police announced that they would charge Cairns with per- jury stemming from the Modi libel trial. [17] His trial is likely to be in October 2015. [18]



[1] Monga, Sidharth (14 September 2009). “Men of many parts”. CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-09-21.

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



Boock, Richard (28 January 2006). “Cricket: Cairns right up there with the best of' em”. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2011.


Boock, Richard (15 February 2006). “Cairns prepares for final bow”. New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-21.

[5] Cleaver, Dylan (16 February 2006). “An unfitting farewell”. ESPN. Retrieved 1 May 2012

[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] “Cricket’s anti-corruption inquiry: Probe into games in three countries”. New Zealand Herald. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.


[16] “Cairns awarded $950,000 for libel”. New Zealand Her- ald. 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.

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