James Franklin (cricketer)

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James Franklin
Personal information
Full name James Edward Charles Franklin
Born (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 (age 37)
Wellington, New Zealand
Nickname Franko
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Left-arm medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 234) 8 March 2001 v Pakistan
Last Test 2 January 2013 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 144) 2 January 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 16 June 2013 v England
ODI shirt no. 70
T20I debut (cap 6) 16 February 2006 v West Indies
Last T20I 27 June 2013 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1998–2015 Wellington
2004 Gloucestershire
2006 Glamorgan
2009–2010 Gloucestershire
2011–2012 Mumbai Indians
2012 Adelaide Strikers
2012 Essex
2013 Guyana Amazon Warriors
2014 Nottinghamshire
2014 Barbados Tridents
2015–present Middlesex
2016–present Rajshahi Kings
2017 Lahore Qalandars
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 31 110 206 292
Runs scored 808 1,270 9,780 5,811
Batting average 20.71 23.96 35.56 32.83
100s/50s 1/2 0/4 22/43 4/34
Top score 122* 98* 219 133*
Balls bowled 4,767 3,848 25,509 9,623
Wickets 82 81 479 230
Bowling average 33.97 41.40 28.18 34.43
5 wickets in innings 3 1 14 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/119 5/42 7/14 5/42
Catches/stumpings 12/– 26/– 107/– 94/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 July 2018

James Edward Charles Franklin (born 7 November 1980 in Wellington), or James Franklin, is a former New Zealand cricketer, who played all forms of the game internationally. He is a left-arm medium-fast bowler who can swing the ball, and an important middle order batsman who can hit the ball with power.

He began his career as a capable left-handed lower order batsman, but has greatly improved his batting and is now seen as a first class middle order batsmen. He is one of only two New Zealanders to ever take a hat-trick in Test cricket (the other being Peter Petherick). He achieved this feat on 20 October 2004 against Bangladesh.

Personal life

He is married to Kerry, with whom he has a son named Charlie, born in November 2008.[1]

International career

Franklin played his first game of International Cricket in an ODI in early 2001 aged just 20 due to an injury crisis with New Zealand bowlers. He played his Test debut in Auckland against Pakistan later in the year and scored a pair. With the ball he took the wickets of Mushtaq Ahmed and Mohammad Yousuf.

He was the Man of the Match in a game in the NatWest Series against England with 5 for 42 at Durham. He then took part in a Test series against Bangladesh in 2004–05 and helped New Zealand to victory with 5/28 in the 1st Test. He then took a career best 6 for 119 in the 3rd Test of Australia's tour of New Zealand in March 2005. Bowling figures of 5/53 came against the West Indies at Wellington later in the year. In 2006 he played for Glamorgan in County Cricket.

On 29 April 2006, Franklin hit his maiden Test century of 122 not out in the 2nd Test against South Africa at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town. Franklin has scored two first-class double centuries, both for Wellington against Auckland: 208 in 2005/06, and 219 in 2008/09.

Franklin took a wicket with his first legitimate ball (also the first legitimate ball of the match) in their 2007 World Cup opener against England. He became the only player to achieve this feat on his World Cup debut.[2]

In the 2010 tour to India, he excelled with the bat, scoring 98*, 72*, and 17*, proving his worthiness with the bat. In the Twenty 20 series against Pakistan, he was pushed up the batting order, due to his skills in the format, and it ultimately proved successful for New Zealand, winning the series. He also takes the new ball in this format.

He scored 47* runs in first ODI match of the New Zealand tour to South Africa in January 2013 in a low scoring game in which the Kiwis won by 1 wicket. He was man of the match for his bowling figures 1/44 and runs with the bat.


Franklin holds the record for the highest ever batting strike rate in a World Cup match when scored unbeaten 31 off 8 balls with a strike rate of 387.50[3][4]

Indian Premier League

In the fourth season of the IPL, Franklin was contracted by Mumbai Indians for US$100,000. James Franklin was awarded Man of the Match in match 70 of the IPL between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders for his contributions of both bat and ball (45* off 23 balls and 2/35 in 4 overs). Needing 21 off the last over to be bowled by Lakshmipathy Balaji, Franklin scored 17 runs off the first five balls (4 boundaries in first 4 balls) and with Ambati Rayudu hitting a six off the last ball, sealed a stunning victory for the Mumbai Indians to finish 3rd in the IPL standings.

County cricket

Franklin has previously played county cricket for Glamorgan and Gloucestershire. Franklin signed for English county Essex for the 2012 Friends Life t20.[5]

On 6 February 2015, it was announced that James Franklin had signed for Middlesex on a two-year contract, effectively retiring from international cricket. Franklin will represent the club in all formats of the game.

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of James Franklin
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 122* 18  South Africa South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground 2006 Drawn

International record

Test 5 Wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/28 4  Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka Bangladesh 2004
2 6/119 9  Australia Eden Park Auckland New Zealand 2005
3 5/53 15  West Indies Basin Reserve Wellington New Zealand 2006

ODI 5 Wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/42 26  England Riverside Ground Chester-le-Street England 2004

See also


  1. ^ "Sleepless Franklin expected to swing". The Dominion Post. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. ^ Rajesh, S; Gopalakrishna, HR (16 March 2007). "Oram plunders England ... again". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 December 2010. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "30th Match, Group A: Canada v New Zealand at Mumbai, Mar 13, 2011 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  4. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | World Cup | Highest strike rates in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  5. ^ "Essex sign James Franklin for t20". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 April 2012.

External links

  • James Franklin at ESPNcricinfo
  • James Franklin at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • James Franklin at New Zealand Cricket Players Association
  • James Franklin on Twitter
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