Grant Elliott

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Grant Elliott
Grant Elliott 2.jpg
Elliott in 2009
Personal information
Full name Grant David Elliott
Born (1979-03-21) 21 March 1979 (age 39)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Nickname Shunt, Magic, Hairy Javelin
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium, occasional off spin and leg spin
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 236) 22 March 2008 v England
Last Test 3 December 2009 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 150) 18 June 2008 v England
Last ODI 8 February 2016 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 88
T20I debut (cap 36) 15 February 2009 v Australia
Last T20I 30 March 2016 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1997 Transvaal B
1999–2001 Griqualand West
2005–present Wellington (squad no. 44)
2009 Surrey
2015 Leicestershire
2016 Quetta Gladiators
2016 St Lucia Zouks
2016 Chittagong Vikings
2017–present Lahore Qalandars
2017–present Warwickshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 5 83 16 211
Runs scored 86 1,976 157 5,126
Batting average 10.75 34.06 16.70 33.50
100s/50s 0/0 2/11 0/0 7/28
Top score 25 115 27 115
Balls bowled 282 1,302 180 4,827
Wickets 4 39 14 130
Bowling average 35.00 30.23 15.57 33.36
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/8 4/31 4/22 5/34
Catches/stumpings 2/– 17/– 4/– 70/–
Source: Cricinfo, 30 March 2017

Grant David Elliott (born 21 March 1979) is a former New Zealand cricketer, who played all formats of the game. Primarily a batting all-rounder, Elliott contributed a man of the match performance to provide entrance to New Zealand's first ever World Cup final, by beating South Africa in 2015.

Domestically, he plays for the Wellington Firebirds.

In March 2017, he announced his retirement from international cricket.[1]

Early life

Son of a South African plastic surgeon, Grant Elliott attended St Stithians College,[2] whose notable cricketing alumni include Michael Lumb, Roy Pienaar, David Terbrugge, Dave Rundle and Kagiso Rabada.

South Africa

He debuted with 67 in 1996–97 at Gauteng, where on the advice of his captain, former New Zealand test skipper Ken Rutherford, who saw the quota system possibly blocking his path to higher honours, Elliott left his native Johannesburg for New Zealand in 2001.[3] He played one match for South Africa 'A' against India 'A' before he qualified to play for New Zealand in 2007.

International career

Called up to the national team in early 2008 during England's tour, he made his Test debut against England in the third test in Napier replacing Jacob Oram.[4]

Elliott has gone on to also make his ODI debut for New Zealand against England taking 3 wickets. In his second game he scored his maiden ODI 50. His maiden ODI century was in the 3rd game of the Chappell-Hadlee series scoring 115 against Australia at the SCG on Sunday 8 February 2009.

He also did well in the Champions trophy in South Africa in 2009 as he took a four wicket haul against England at the Wanderers which actually helped New Zealand to qualify for the semifinals and in the semifinals he played an innings of 75 not out to take the Black caps to victory against Pakistan.

World records

Elliott scored his second ODI century when Sri Lanka toured New Zealand prior to the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Elliott and Luke Ronchi both broke several batting records as the pair lifted New Zealand from 93/5 to a commanding 360 off their 50 overs. Their stand of 267* is the highest 6th wicket partnership in ODIs.[5]

In the inaugural Pakistan Super League in 2016 he along with Zulfiqar Babar set the highest 10th wicket partnership in any forms of T20(63)[6][7]

2015 World Cup

His finest moment however came in the 2015 World Cup Semi final against South Africa where he scored an unbeaten 84 and was adjudged the Man of the Match.[8] He hit the winning six off the second to last ball of the innings from Dale Steyn and created history by putting New Zealand into their first ever Cricket World Cup Final. In the final against Australia, Elliot top-scored for New Zealand, scoring 83 runs.[9]

After the World Cup, Elliott was named in the Twenty20 side in 2016 after suffering an arm injury playing domestically for Wellington.

In April 2016, Elliott announced his retirement from ODI cricket.[10]

In August 2017, he was named in a World XI side to play three Twenty20 International matches against Pakistan in the 2017 Independence Cup in Lahore.[11]


Early on, Ken Rutherford noted his strong batting technique while also noting his occasional lack of self-belief. Former coach of the Wellington Firebirds, Anthony Stuart, commented that was "a tough cookie", and praised his commitment and high work ethic. Glenn Turner, former convener of the national selection panel, considered Elliott a "thoughtful character" whose offside play was exceptional, such as his hallmark shot, the lofted drive over extra cover.[3]


He played for Weybridge CC in the Surrey championship in 2008.

Elliott is the maker of the Buzz Cricket Bat. It is used by himself, Dewayne Bowden, Mark Houghton, Leighton Morgan, Chris Nevin and Luke Woodcock.[3] Luke Woodcock scored 220 with it in a first-class game. Since he has been injured he has worked with Sky Sport in the 2010 HRV Cup.

Elliott works part-time as a business development manager.[12]

International centuries

One Day International centuries

Grant Elliott's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 115 14  Australia Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2009 Lost
2 104* 54  Sri Lanka New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand University Oval 2015 Won

International Awards

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 England Wanderers, Johannesburg 29 September 2009 8-0-31-4 ; 1 ct. ; 3 (11 balls)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets.[13]
2 Sri Lanka University Oval, Dunedin 23 January 2015 104* (96 balls: 7x4, 2x6) ; 9-0-42-2  New Zealand won by 108 runs.[14]
3 Pakistan Westpac Stadium, Wellington 31 January 2015 4.3-0-26-3 ; 64* (68 balls: 8x4)  New Zealand won by 7 wickets.[15]
4 South Africa Eden Park, Auckland 24 March 2015 1-0-9-0; 84* (73 balls: 7x4, 3x6)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets(D/L).[16]


  1. ^ "Elliott signs Birmingham Kolpak deal and calls time on NZ". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Grant Elliott at ESPNcricinfo Retrieved 2008-10-23
  3. ^ a b c Millmow, Jonathan (9 February 2009). "Black Cap Grant Elliott creates a buzz". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Kiwis turn to all-rounder Elliot BBC News retrieved 1 March 2008
  5. ^ "Ronchi, Elliott shatter records and flatten Sri Lanka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "17th Match: Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi at Sharjah, Feb 14, 2016 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Records | Twenty20 matches | Partnership records | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  8. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 1st Semi-Final: New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 24, 2015". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Grant Elliott retires from ODIs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Faf du Plessis named captain of World XI to travel to Pakistan". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "From Beaver to Dreamer: Grant Elliott could be Black Caps' Stephen Donald". Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "2009 ICC Champions Trophy 10th match – England v New Zealand Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Sri Lanka in New Zealand ODI Series, 2014/15 – New Zealand v Sri Lanka Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Pakistan v New Zealand ODI Series, 2015 – New Zealand v Pakistan Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 – South Africa v New Zealand 1st semi-final Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

External links

  • Grant Elliott on Twitter
  • Buzzbats
  • Grant Elliott at ESPNcricinfo
  • Grant Elliott at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • Grant Elliott at New Zealand Cricket Players Association
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