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New Zealand cricketing royalty

The Hadlee family

Hadlee - it is a name synonymous with New Zealand cricket.
The Hadlee family has had more members play cricket for New Zealand than any other.

The late Walter Hadlee, and his three sons Barry, Dale and Richard have all played for New Zealand at an international level.

Walter Hadlee played for the national team from 1937 - 1949, captaining the team on the legendary tour to England in 1949. Following his retirement from first class cricket in 1952, he went on to become a selector, team manager and eventually President of New Zealand Cricket.

Eldest brother Barry and middle son Dale Hadlee also represented New Zealand at an international level. Dale moved into coaching and is now the national side's bowling coach.

Youngest sibling Sir Richard Hadlee is celebrated as the finest cricketer New Zealand has ever produced, and is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. A deceptively fast bowler, Hadlee struck fear into opposition batsman around the world. It is no coincidence his tenure in the side coincided with the most successful era New Zealand cricket has ever had.

For a long time Sir Richard Hadlee held the world record for most test wickets with 431.

Later in his career his batting flourished and he became known as a genuine world class all-rounder.

After retiring in 1990, Richard Hadlee was knighted for services to cricket. After a period commentating, Sir Richard moved into a position as selector of the national side. He is currently chairman of the New Zealand board of selectors.


The Crowe Family

Brothers Jeff and Martin Crowe have the distinct honour of being the only brothers to captain New Zealand at an international level.

Strangely younger brother Martin joined the national side in the season of 1980-81, a year before elder brother Jeff.

The brothers looked very similar, and used to delight in swapping helmets to confuse commentators.

Jeff showed promise, but it was Martin who was the genuine world class batsman. Retiring with a World Cup average of 55, Martin Crowe's most memorable innings would be his unbeaten century which lead New Zealand to victory over Australia in the opening match of the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Among his achievements was a jointly held record for world's longest test partnership of 471 which he held with Andrew Jones. Crowe ended up being caught out for 299, painstakingly close to being the first New Zealander to score a triple century at international level.

Older brother Jeff went on to manage the Black Caps, and is now an International Cricket Council match referee.

The Crowes are cousins of Hollywood A-lister Russell Crowe, and are often seen in his box watching his rugby league team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.


The Cairns family

New Zealand's cricket history would be much more ordinary without the Cairns family.

Both Lance and Chris Cairns were swashbuckling players who achieved cult hero status amongst cricketing crowds.

In the 1983 World Series final against Australia, New Zealand was losing badly. Enter Lance Cairns.

Wielding a heavy bat known as the 'excalibur', the hefty Cairns smashed the Aussie bowlers all around the MCG, hitting a record six sixes (including one using one hand) in just 10 balls. New Zealand didn’t win the match but Cairn’s batting was immortalized as one of New Zealand's favorite sporting moments.

Under a decade later son Chris made the team at just 19. He went on to become one of the greatest all-rounders New Zealand has ever produced, delighting crowds with his belligerent hitting and fast bowling.

Cairns junior went on to set a new record for the highest number of sixes in test matches - hitting 87 in just 62 matches.

In the mid '90's Chris and Lance went into the confectionary business with Cairns fudge.

In 2007 the Chris Cairns foundation was launched with the aim of increasing rail safety awareness. Chris's sister Louise tragically died after a truck slammed into the train she was travelling in in 1993.


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