Hadlee KB MBE
One of cricket's undisputed legends, Sir Richard Hadlee made his first class debut in 1971 replacing his injured brother Dale, and quickly stamped his mark with a hat trick against Central Districts. The following season he made his test debut against Pakistan and in 1973 he took 7 wickets at Christchurch as New Zealand achieved their first test win over Australia.
A left-hand batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler, Richard obtained a regular place in the New Zealand team in 1975-76 when he bowled New Zealand to victory over India at Wellington taking 7-23 in their second innings. This was the first of 9 occasions Richard was to take 10 or more wickets
In an illustrious career that included a record 86 tests for New Zealand, Richard scored 3124 runs (27.16) and took 431 wickets (22.29). He also played 115 one-day internationals scoring 1751 runs (21.61) and took a New Zealand record 158 wickets (21.56).
Richard's best performances include taking 9-52 against Australia in 1985/6. He is the holder of the Windsor Cup for the most meritorious bowling performance by a New Zealand bowler on 13 occasions and in 1981 was awarded an MBE for Services to New Zealand cricket. In 1991 Richard received his highest accolade when he was awarded a Knighthood for his services to cricket.
An articulate and entertaining speaker, Richard is currently the Ambassador for the Bank of New Zealand.
Richard Hadlee travels from New Zealand