John Morrison (cricketer)

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John Morrison
John Francis Maclean Morrison.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJohn Francis MacLean Morrison
Born (1947-08-27) 27 August 1947 (age 72)
Wellington, New Zealand
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 128)29 December 1973 v Australia
Last Test19 March 1982 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 20)9 March 1975 v England
Last ODI17 March 1983 v Australia
Domestic team information
1965/66–1966/67Central Districts
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 17 18 126 54
Runs scored 656 252 6,142 1,312
Batting average 22.62 21.00 30.71 31.23
100s/50s 1/3 0/1 7/32 0/10
Top score 117 55 180* 89
Balls bowled 264 283 4,407 576
Wickets 2 8 51 12
Bowling average 35.50 24.87 31.50 34.75
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/52 3/24 5/69 3/24
Catches/stumpings 9/– 6/– 133/– 21/–
Source: Cricinfo, 3 December 2016

John Francis Maclean Morrison MNZM (born 27 August 1947 in Wellington) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played 17 Tests and 18 One Day Internationals for New Zealand. From 1998 to 2013, he was a Wellington City Councillor; his political career ended when he stood for mayor only.

Cricket career[edit]

A dogged batsman, he was also known for his dribbly left-arm spin bowling, including his 'mystery' delivery.[1]

After several seasons of moderate performances in domestic cricket he hit 180 not out (which remained his highest first-class score) for Wellington against Northern Districts at Wellington in 1972-73, and was selected for the next season's tour of Australia. In the three-Test series he was New Zealand's leading run-scorer, with 249 at 41.50. He hit 117, his only Test century, in the Second Test at Sydney, he never regained that Test form, although he did enough to be selected in the Derrick Robins XI tour of South Africa in 1975-76.

His best bowling came for Wellington against Auckland at Auckland in 1977-78, when he took 5 for 69 in Auckland's second innings and followed up with 106 to lead a run chase which ended with Wellington losing by 4 runs.

Local body politics[edit]

Since retiring from playing he has worked as a commentator and in local politics, including serving on the Wellington City Council for the Western Ward since 1998;[2] as councilor, Morrison worked to bring an Aussie Rules match to Wellington.[3] A match was held on Anzac Day 2013 between St Kilda and the Sydney Swans. Shortly afterwards Morrison and businessman John Dow brokered a deal with Australian firm CallActive to bring "300 to 500" call-centre jobs to Wellington.[4]

In May 2013, Morrison announced his candidacy for the Wellington mayoralty at the 2013 local elections,[5] he was unsuccessful in challenging incumbent mayor Celia Wade-Brown, meaning that he was no longer on Wellington City Council, as he had contested the mayoralty only.[6]

In July 2019, a new centre-right political party, the Wellington Party, announced candidates for the 2019 local government elections would include Morrison. [7]

Other Roles[edit]

After finishing as a Wellington City Councillor in 2013, Morrison took on a role as CallActive's business development manager but left before the centre went into liquidation in 2015. [8]


  1. ^ "Mystery and the Mouth". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ "I Wish I Was John Cleese". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Aussie Rules Coming to Wellington?". 3 News. 18 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Wellington grabs jobs off Aussies". TVNZ. 29 May 2013.
  5. ^ McBride, Kerry (23 May 2013). "Morrison throws hat in ring for mayor". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  6. ^ Katie Chapman; Tessa Johnstone; Kerry McBride (12 October 2013). "Three more years for Wade-Brown". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Centre-right 'Wellington Party' to contest council elections". Stuff. 12 July 2019.
  8. ^ "2000 broken hopes at failed Wellington call centre". Stuff. 29 November 2015.

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