Daniel Vettori has played 112 Tests for New Zealand © Getty Images
Daniel Vettori has played 112 Tests for New Zealand © Getty Images

The first day of the third and final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand saw a couple of records being broken by the visitors the moment Daniel Vettori took field. Amit Banerjee takes a closer look at the records.

Daniel Vettori created a new record on the morning of the first day of the third Test against Pakistan at Sharjah the moment Misbah-ul-Haq flipped the coin and Brendon McCullum called. Vettori became New Zealand’s most capped Test player, surpassing the record previously held by Stephen Fleming, who had made 111 appearances for the Kiwis. McCullum is third with 90 appearances.

Following is the table representing the cricketers with most appearances for New Zealand:

Player Span Matches
Daniel Vettori 1997-Present


Stephen Fleming 1994-2008


Brendon McCullum 2004-Present


Richard Hadlee 1973-1990


John Wright 1978-1993



Vettori also became the New Zealand cricketer with the second-longest career span, with Bert Sutcliffe taking the pole position in this regard. The following table contains the list of cricketers with the longest career-spans for New Zealand.

Player Name Debut Retirement Career Span
Bert Sutcliffe March 21,  1947 June 1, 1965 18 years, 72 days
Daniel Vettori February 6,  1997  – 17 years, 293 days
Richard Hadlee February 2, 1973 July 10, 1990 17 years, 158 days
John Reid July 23, 1949 July 8, 1965 15 years, 350 days
John Wright February 10, 1978 March 12, 1993 15 years, 30 days

New Zealand are currently playing Pakistan in the third and final Test at Sharjah, where Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. The series is currently 1-0 in Pakistan’s favour after their crushing 248-run win in the first Test at Abu Dhabi which was followed by a tooth-and-nail draw at Dubai.

(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, travelling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)