Matt Henry

New Zealand
Age
December 14, 1991 (30 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Christchurch, Canterbury
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
New Zealand
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast medium

Matt Henry, an express pacer of the New Zealand attacking line and an injury-prone bowler, has played for New Zealand in all formats of the game. He is also a decent batsman down the order and has played some useful hands with the bat.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
76
4
-

Team played

New Zealand, Canterbury, Derbyshire, Kent, New Zealand A, South Island, Worcestershire, Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings, New Zealand XI, Edinburgh Rocks

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
59
23
7
219
48*
13.69
218
100.46
0
0
20
9
T20I
6
2
1
10
10
10
5
200
0
0
2
0
Test
15
19
4
236
66
15.73
312
75.64
0
1
35
5
IPL
2
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
59
54
2931
2645
100
5/30
5.41
26.45
29.31
8
2
0
T20I
6
6
132
191
7
3/44
8.68
27.29
18.86
0
0
0
Test
15
27
3151
1689
37
4/93
3.22
45.65
85.16
2
0
0
IPL
2
2
30
71
1
1/31
14.2
71
30
0
0
0

In a so far short career, he has already made a name for himself in ODIs. However, in Tests, he is still trying to achieve his full potential.

ODI Career

Matt Henry may never have played for New Zealand because of a serious back injury that happened to him in 2012. He got himself back into shape and was called for the home series against India in 2014. Matt Henry made the debut, replacing Hamish Bennett, in the 5th ODI of the series played at Wellington. Defending 303, Matt Henry picked up 4 for 38 in an 87-run win against India.

This performance helped Matt Henry get a place in the New Zealand squad for the 2015 World Cup. He did not play the initial stages of the tournament and was called up for the crucial semifinal and finals. Matt Henry went wicketless in the semifinal but picked up 2 quick wickets in the final, although New Zealand lost the game.

In the 2019 ODI World Cup, Matt Henry had a bigger role to fulfill. He played a total of 9 games and took 14 wickets at 28 apiece. He went wicketless in three games but also took 3 or more wickets in 3 games. Matt Henry was a crucial part of the pace attack in 2019. In the semifinal, he was awarded Man of the Match with figures of 3 for 37. In the second consecutive final, he took 1 for 40 but New Zealand suffered a heartbreaking loss in the finals.

The 5 wickets for 30 runs against Pakistan in the UAE in 2014 are Matt Henry’s best bowling figures in ODIs. Overall, in 52 ODIs played so far, Matt Henry has taken 92 wickets at 26.48 and a good economy of 5.40.

Test Career

Matt Henry has always been an express fast bowler, a feature that also made him injury-prone. Having proved his talent in the ODIs, Matt was included in the squad for New Zealand’s tour of England in May 2015. In the debut Test match at Lord’s, he took 4 for 93 in 25 overs in the first innings. In the second innings, Matt bowled 30 overs for 2 wickets.

However, Matt Henry failed to replicate the success of the debut Test. Thus, he has not become a regular in the Test squad despite playing for about 5 years in the format for New Zealand. In the first two years of his Test career, Matt Henry played 7 Tests, however, in the last 3 years, he played only 5. In 12 Tests played so far, Matt has taken 30 wickets with 6 wickets taken twice in a Test match: against England on debut at Lord’s and against India away from home. He also has scored a 5-wicket haul against South Africa while playing at home.