Daryl Tuffey

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Daryl Tuffey
Personal information
Full name Daryl Raymond Tuffey
Born (1978-06-11) 11 June 1978 (age 41)
Milton, New Zealand
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 209) 31 March 2001 v Australia
Last Test 19 March 2010 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 116) 27 September 2000 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 28 November 2010 v India
ODI shirt no. 14 (prev. 37)
T20I debut (cap 10) 17 February 2005 v Australia
Last T20I 26 February 2010 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996/97–2012/13 Northern Districts
2007/08–2011/12 Auckland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 26 94 91 220
Runs scored 427 295 1,438 868
Batting average 16.42 9.51 17.11 12.57
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/6 0/0
Top score 80* 36 89* 38*
Balls bowled 4,877 4,333 16,607 10,490
Wickets 77 110 288 265
Bowling average 31.75 32.12 26.78 31.21
5 wickets in innings 2 0 10 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 6/54 4/24 7/12 5/21
Catches/stumpings 15/– 20/– 41/– 52/–
Source: Cricinfo, 27 March 2017

Daryl Raymond Tuffey (born 11 June 1978) is a former New Zealand cricketer who has represented New Zealand at all formats internationally. Tuffey was born in Milton, Otago, and plays domestic first class cricket for Northern Districts Knights.

Tuffey retired from all forms of cricket on 14 September 2012.[1]

International career

Cricinfo journalist Lynn McConnell has described Tuffey as a bowler with "an amazing penchant for taking wickets in the first over he bowled".[2] Tuffey made an uninspiring debut, conceding 127 runs for no wickets against Australia in 1999–00, but took his first Test wickets in his next match, ending with three for 38 in the final innings as opponents South Africa chased down 101 on the final day.

Tuffey played his first full Test series at home against Pakistan in 2000–01.[3] Tuffey got sixteen wickets in the series, including a Man of the Match-performance with seven wickets for 77 in the final Test, which New Zealand won by an innings and 185 runs to tie the series 1–1.

He also played all five ODIs against Pakistan, ending with thirteen wickets in the ODI series to become New Zealand's leading wicket-taker in the series.[4] The series against Pakistan included a career-best four for 24 at Napier, which won him another Man of the Match award.

Injury and comeback

Tuffey played a number of ODIs over the Northern summer of 2001 before straining a hamstring during the 2001–02 tour of Australia.[5] He didn't play again on tour of Australia, but returned for the ODIs against England in February, before taking match figures of nine for 116 on his return to Test cricket in March 2002. The figures were enough to secure Man of the Match honours once again, as New Zealand won the third Test against England by 78 runs and tied the series 1–1.

Following this, Tuffey was a regular in the New Zealand Test team for two years, with his best performance in this time coming with eight for 53 against India in the 2002–03 home Test series. The pitches in this series were described as "hardly beyond reproach" and as "greentops", by Wisden Cricketer's Almanack writer Lawrence Booth,[6] but Booth had some fine words for Tuffey regardless, describing him as "irrestisible". During this period, Tuffey also played regularly in the ODI team, only missing six matches – all at the 2003 World Cup[7] after a spell of 5–0–36–0 against Sri Lanka in the opening match, which included a "thin edge" off Sanath Jayasuriya's bat which was not seen by the umpire.[8]

Tuffey missed his first Test in one and a half years when a bruised thigh forced him to withdraw from the third Test against South Africa in 2003–04, but he was back in the team that toured England in the 2004 season. Before that series, his last three Tests had yielded three wickets, and Tuffey did not improve in the next two; a total of three wickets at a bowling average of 82 saw him dropped from the Test side. He also missed much of the ODI season in England, playing in two of the seven matches New Zealand played from June to September 2004, but returned for the home ODIs against Sri Lanka in December and Australia in February. He had success against Sri Lanka, taking the wickets of Saman Jayantha and Marvan Atapattu for figures of 8–1–17–2, but the next four ODIs were cancelled out of respect for the victims of the tsunami that struck Sri Lanka, and when the Chappell–Hadlee came around Tuffey could only take one wicket in the first three matches, conceding 25 runs in two overs in the last one.

In 2009 he made a return to international cricket, playing in the Test series against Pakistan. He made his T20I debut, which was also the first ever T20I match held in New Zealand on 17 February 2005 against Australia and conceded 30 runs in a single over. He recorded the most expensive bowling figure in a single over during a home T20I and the record was later equalled by Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan in 2019 after 14 years during a home T20I against Zimbabwe.[9]

Out of the squad

Tuffey was dropped, with New Zealand coach John Bracewell saying that Tuffey suffered "from a complete lack of confidence".[10] Nine days later, he had to answer charges of misconduct in a New Zealand Cricket inquiry, and he was eventually fined $1,000 after the incident.[11] Tuffey was still in the selectors' minds, however, as he was selected for the New Zealand A team to tour Sri Lanka in September and October 2005.

2007 World Cup

In a surprise twist Tuffey was reselected for the New Zealand one day squad for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. Many questioned his selection as he had considerably worse figures than other possible candidates for the spot, notably Auckland seamer Chris Martin.

Domestic career

Tuffey was due to play for the Auckland Aces for the 2007–08 season but he turned it down to play club cricket in Sydney.[12]


In September 2007, Tuffey was convicted of drunk driving, fined $420 plus $303 in court costs and disqualified from driving for 6 months.[13]

It was revealed in December 2013 that Tuffey was under investigation by the International Cricket Council, along with two other New Zealand cricketers, for match fixing. Tuffey professed shock at the investigation and said he was seeking legal counsel.[14]

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Daryl Tuffey at ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 3 February 2006
  3. ^ Cricinfo – Statsguru – DR Tuffey – Tests – Innings by Innings list, from Cricinfo, retrieved 3 February 2006
  4. ^ Pakistan in New Zealand, 2000/01 One-Day Series Averages, retrieved 3 February 2006
  5. ^ Tuffey in doubt for rest of tour, Drum to act as cover, by Lynn McConnell, published on Cricinfo on 25 November 2001
  6. ^ Wisden Cricketer's Almanack 2004, ed. Matthew Engel, pub. John Wisden & Co. Ltd. 2004, pg. 1164
  7. ^ Cricinfo – Statsguru – DR Tuffey – ODIs – Innings by Innings list
  8. ^ Wisden Cricketer's Almanack 2004, ed. Matthew Engel, pub. John Wisden & Co. Ltd. 2004, pg. 994
  9. ^ "Shakib Al Hasan Enters Unwanted Record Book After Conceding 30 Runs In An Over". Sportzwiki. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  10. ^ Early exits for Tuffey and Papps, from Cricinfo, retrieved 3 February 2006
  11. ^ Tuffey fined for serious misconduct, from Cricinfo, retrieved 3 February 2006
  12. ^ Tuffey turns down Auckland deal, from Cricinfo, retrieved on 23 October 2007
  13. ^ "Ex-Black Cap convicted of drink driving". The New Zealand Herald. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  14. ^ "Chris Cairns, Daryl Tuffey shocked at match-fixing probe". Times of India. Agence France-Presse. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.

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