Ken Rutherford Biography
Possessing literally one of the longest noses in the game, Rutherford served New Zealand well with his combative batting and superb fielding. He also led the side in as many as 18 of the 56 Tests he played in.
His Test record is mediocre, an average of 27.08 for his 2,465 runs. But, it was indeed a tall ask for him to enjoy that long a career after a horrendous start in 1984-85, when he faced the full power of the West Indian attack and managed 12 runs in 7 innings including 3 ducks. One of them was a run out without even facing a ball. Even a 65 in the next Test against Australia, could not haul the batting average into double figures.
But he did recover to score 3 hundreds in Test cricket, one each against England, Australia and Sri Lanka.
His captaincy was also a tale of struggle, as he was given the reins of a side struggling to fill the enormous void left by the departure of Richard Hadlee, with Martin Crowe also battling with increasing injuries and loss of form. He won 2 and lost 11 of the Tests he led in.
In ODIs he was always a handy bloke to have in the side, with his spectacular fielding and the penchant for getting quick runs.
In spite of crossing three-figures only thrice in 56 Tests and twice in 121 ODIs, Rutherford did play one memorable long innings. He scored 317 for New Zealand against DB Close’s XI at Scarborough in 1986, scoring the highest number of runs by a Kiwi batsman in a day, of which 199 were scored between lunch and tea.