Henry Nicholls

New Zealand
Age
November 15, 1991 (30 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Christchurch
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
New Zealand
Bowling Style
Off break

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Henry Nicholls represents Canterbury and has become the national team member after going through the rigours of age-group cricket. Nicholls’s excellent form at the domestic level meant that he was in the Black Caps’ radar by 2015 – 2016. The elegant left-hander, aggressive, yet restrained, was suitable for all formats and has had reasonable success for the national team during his so far short career.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
8
37
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

New Zealand, Canterbury, Derbyshire, New Zealand A, South Island, Sydney Thunder, New Zealand XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
57
55
12
1676
124*
38.98
2025
82.77
2
13
163
10
T20I
5
4
0
19
7
4.75
28
67.86
0
0
2
0
Test
40
59
6
2264
174
42.72
4573
49.51
7
14
245
4
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
57
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
5
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
40
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Henry Nicholls isn’t the only one in his family involved in cricket. One of Nicholls’s two brothers, Willy Nicholls, is a media correspondent for both men’s and women’s national cricket teams.

While Nicholls has played T20 franchise cricket for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, his best format has perhaps been Test cricket with his T20 career never really taking off.

Henry Nicholls’s ODI Сareer

With 454 runs in the Ford Trophy in 2014 – 2015, Henry Nicholls caught the selectors’ attention in One Day Internationals. In December 2015, Henry Nicholls made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Christchurch. He remained unbeaten on 23 in his debut game but it took him five games to score a maiden half-century.

New Zealand were moving Nicholls around the batting order as they needed. Nicholls was batting at the top order while playing with Canterbury and had to adapt to multiple roles. Switching roles meant his ODI career was at best middling.

Early in his career, Nicholls’s best knock was a crucial 82 he made against Pakistan in 2016 at the Basin Reserve. The hosts went on to win the match and Nicholls won his maiden ODI Man of the Match award.

It wasn’t until early 2019 that Nicholls made a maiden century in One Day Internationals. Nicholls made his first ODI hundred against Sri Lanka at Nelson, batting at no.5. By the end of the month, Nicholls was opening the batting for the Kiwis in ODIs, a role he continues to fulfil to date.

Importantly, Nicholls was involved in the tense World Cup 2019 final where he opened the batting and became New Zealand’s top scorer with 55 off 77 balls. His form has been pretty good since then. In three of the four innings he has batted after that, Nicholls has made 40-plus scores, including 78 and 80, both against India.

In total, Nicholls has played 49 ODIs, making 1329 runs at an average of 35.91 with a hundred and 11 half-centuries. If anything, Nicholls strike rate of 81.78 makes him a doubtful choice despite his recent improvement of form.

T20I Сricket

Being not the quickest scorer off the blocks meant that Henry Nicholls hasn’t quite had a successful T20I career. Left-handed Nicholls made his T20I debut way back in 2016 against Bangladesh at Kolkata during the T20 World Cup. In four innings in T20Is played over three years, Nicholls has never made more than seven runs. An average of 4.75 and a strike rate in the 60s led to him being dropped from the format.

Speaking of T20s, Nicholls has 978 runs at an average less than 30, with the highest score of 67 not out and just eight half-centuries. With his strike rate still disappointingly below 130, it is unlikely that the middle-order batsman will make a return to the national team in this format.

Henry Nicholls’s Test Сareer

For a mature composed batsman, Test cricket has always been his best format. Nicholls has loved occupying the crease and making big knocks. He did that often at the first-class level where he has 4690 runs at an average of 38.13 with 10 centuries scored in 81 matches.

Nicholas made his Test debut in 2016 against Australia at Wellington. While he made a half-century on debut, the immense amount of talent at New Zealand’s disposal meant that Nicholls had to bide his time.

New Zealand’s coach at the time, Mike Hesson, had a lot of faith in Nicholls and soon it proved to be worthy. Henry Nicholls made a maiden Test century against South Africa at Basin Reserve in early 2017.

The knock had Nicholls put in the team’s lineup more often than ever before. He became the mainstay in the Black Caps Test middle-order and the runs came thick and fast too. Henry Nicholls made 145 not out at Auckland against a determined England attack to pave the way for a famous series win. Nicholls even shone in Asia against the spinners by scoring a Test hundred in Abu Dhabi against Pakistan.

Overall, Nicholls has played 33 Tests, batting 50 times and scoring 1747 runs at an average of 39.70 with five centuries and nine fifties. The left-hander has stamped down his place in the longest format of the game with impactful performances and it is perhaps his best-suited format.