Daniel Flynn made his way through the age group teams and finally debuted for the BLACKCAPS in 2008.
During his early years he captained the New Zealand Under 19 team at the 2003/2004 Under 19 World Cup and was then selected for the Northern Knights in 2005.
The strong left-hand batsman continued to improve and was called in to the BLACKCAPS Twenty20 side to take on England in early 2008, after two stunning displays in the domestic league, scoring 143 and 149. His performances did enough for him to also be included in the ODI and Test series against England as well.
A drop in form saw him out of the side after a reasonably short stint in the first team and injury soon compounded his issues as he struggled to get regular cricket under his belt.
The 2011/12 season didn't get off to a great start, with Flynn ruled out of any cricket with a hip injury. He returned for just a few games for Northern Districts towards the end of the season, but almost immediately came into incredible form. After making multiple centuries for Northern Districts he was returned to the BLACKCAPS to play South Africa.
He did enough in his return match to convince the selectors that he was worth another shot and was selected to travel to the West Indies in all three squads.
Flynn says his career highlight to date was making his Test debut at Lord’s in May 2008. The Test series was one Flynn will never forget. He was struck in the mouth while playing against England at Old Trafford and lost numerous teeth.
In his spare time Flynn enjoys travelling to exotic countries as well as getting out and enjoying New Zealand’s natural beauty.
Quick fire questions
1. Earliest cricket memory?
“Being run out in my first game without facing a ball.”
2. How would you describe yourself?
“Relaxed, calm and hard working.”
3. What would you like to say to the BLACKCAPS supporters?
“We really appreciate all the support and its great hearing the fans in the stands.”