Michael Papps

Michael Papps
Personal information
Full name Michael Hugh William Papps
Born (1979-07-02) 2 July 1979 (age 42)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Batting Right-handed
Role Opening Batsman, Wicketkeeper
Relations TJT Papps (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 225) 10 March 2004 v South Africa
Last Test 16 November 2007 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 137) 13 February 2004 v South Africa
Last ODI 26 February 2005 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1998-2011 Canterbury
2011-2018 Wellington
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 8 6 188 166
Runs scored 246 207 12,294 5,810
Batting average 16.40 51.75 38.66 37.97
100s/50s 0/2 0/2 33/52 12/32
Top score 86 92* 316* 162*
Balls bowled โ€“ โ€“ 34 โ€“
Wickets โ€“ โ€“ 0 โ€“
Bowling average โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ โ€“
5 wickets in innings โ€“ โ€“ 0 โ€“
10 wickets in match โ€“ โ€“ 0 โ€“
Best bowling โ€“ โ€“ 0/2 โ€“
Catches/stumpings 11/0 1/0 233/6 86/4
Source: Cricinfo, 5 April 2018

Michael Hugh William Papps (born 2 July 1979) is a former New Zealand cricketer. In October 2016, he became the first player to score 10,000 runs in the Plunket Shield.[1] In April 2018, he announced his retirement from the game.[2]

Domestic career

Papps made his first-class debut in the 1998-99 season for his local provincial club Canterbury Wizards, for which he would go on to make 6,663 runs, second most for an individual player for one province. He switched to Wellington Firebirds in July 2011 after twelves seasons with the Wizards.[3]

Papps is going to play for Burbage and Easton Royal Cricket Club in Wiltshire for the 2013 Wiltshire season.[4]

In October 2017, he scored 316 not out for Wellington against Auckland in the 2017โ€“18 Plunket Shield season.[5] This was the highest individual score for Wellington in the Plunket Shield.[6] Papps also became the oldest New Zealand batsman to score a triple century in first-class cricket.[7] Papps and Luke Woodcock also made an opening partnership of 432 runs, the highest opening partnership and the highest partnership for any wicket in first-class cricket in New Zealand.[6][8]

He was the leading run-scorer in the 2017โ€“18 Plunket Shield season, his last, with 814 runs in ten matches.[9]

International career

After a successful career in the junior teams, Papps was selected for the one-day series against South Africa in 2003โ€“04 to solve New Zealand's long-running search for a capable opening batsman to partner Stephen Fleming. He made 59 on his debut but struggled with injuries afterwards. During an ODI against Australia in Auckland in early 2005, he was hit in the head twice by Brett Lee's bouncers. A subsequent scan ruled out brain injury but he never made another ODI appearance after the incident.[10]


  1. ^ "Papps first to 10000 Plunket Shield runs as Wellington beat Auckland". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. ^ "New Zealand's Michael Papps calls time on career". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Cricket Wellington signs Michael Papps". canterburycricket.org. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Plunket Shield at Wellington, Oct 23-26 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Michael Papps and Luke Woodcock smash records with mammoth opening stand for Wellington". Stuff. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Record-breaking Papps stars in crushing Wellington win". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Cricket: Michael Papps and Luke Woodcock smash records with mammoth opening stand for Wellington". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Plunket Shield, 2017/18: Most runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Early exits for Tuffey and Papps". Cricinfo. 28 February 2005.

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