Affectionately known as ‘two metre Peter’, opening batsman Peter Fulton has shown the world that at 34 years-old you can still become a cricketing icon.
The experienced Canterbury Wizards player has had two stints with the BLACKCAPS, the first coming at age 25 when he was selected in the ODI squad to face Bangladesh. He gained experience in all three formats, but had mixed results and was unable to completely cement his spot in the side.
He went back to the domestic scene and continued to be a lynch-pin for Canterbury, and in 2012-13 was nothing short of prolific, particularly dominant in the Four-Day competition. He averaged 56.17 from 18 innings and scored three centuries and seven half-centuries in the process.
It demanded a recall and he got his chance when he was selected to head to South Africa, but unfortunately his chances of playing were thwarted when injury stuck and he was forced to withdraw.
He did however get his chance in the following home Test series against a strong England squad and he took the opportunity with both hands.
In the third and final match at Eden Park, Pete became the third New Zealand player to make centuries in both innings, scoring 136 in the first-innings and 110 in the second. It was a historic feat and one that means the name ‘two metre Peter’ will forever hold a place in Kiwi cricket fans’ hearts.
He continues to be a key player for the BLACKCAPS and is one of the most respected cricketers amongst his peers across New Zealand – a true asset to the game.