Papps joined Wellington after 95 First-Class games for Canterbury. In 2006-07 he became one of ten individual players to score over 1,000 runs in a first-class season in New Zealand and has twice hit four centuries in a single domestic first-class season, in 2006-07 and 2009-10.
His career total of 6,663 runs for Canterbury is the second most by an individual player for one province, behind Central Districts’ Matthew Sinclair who has scored 7,693 for the Stags. His 19 first-class centuries for Canterbury are the fourth most for a single province behind Sinclair (22) and recently retired Firebirds player Matthew Bell for Wellington and Craig Cumming for Otago (both 20).
He has played eight Tests and six One-Day Internationals for the BLACKCAPS, making both his Test and ODI debuts against South Africa in the 2004-05 home series.
Name: Michael Papps
Playing Style: Right-hand bat / Wicketkeeper
Nickname: Pappsy, Mick
Secondary School Attended: Shirley Boys High School
Earliest Cricket Memory: Backyard cricket with my brother
Favourite Ground to play: Newlands, Capetown
Most memorable cricket moment: First Test Cap
Favourite player growing up: Steve Waugh
The non-cricketing sports person or team I most admire: Liverpool F.C.
If I wasn’t a Firebird I’d be… Professional Baseball player
Favourite superhero: Ironman
Favourite holiday destination: Majorca
In my spare time I like to… Relax on the couch
My favourite song is… Sweet Child of Mine
My signature dish is… Roast Pork
My favourite movie is… TED
Chores as kid: Pizza
My favourite food is… Dishes
Favourite school subject: Geography
Worst school subject: Science
Do you have any pets? No
If I could have anything, I would want… A bach in the sounds
The biggest influence on my cricketing career is… My family
Something you didn’t know about me is… I have a degree in business Management