A left-arm bowler who can swing the ball, James Franklin was introduced to international cricket when he was still a teenager when the injury blight hit New Zealand.india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 17:19 IST
A left-arm bowler who can swing the ball, James Franklin was introduced to international cricket when he was still a teenager when the injury blight hit New Zealand.
After being picked for the one-day side in 2000-01, he was picked for the home Test series against Pakistan the same year, but struggled to make an impression and only played two Tests and lost his place in the one-day team after the Sharjah Cup in April 2002.
Originally a player with batting potential, he has since worked more on his bowling game, although there were hints during the domestic summer of 2002-03 that he was regaining some of his batting touch.
A player with international ability, Franklin can be confidently expected to regain his place and play a significant role in New Zealand's future, and his chances were improved when called up to the Test squad during the 2004 England tour for the last Test at Trent Bridge.
Playing club cricket in Lancashire at the time, he was named as cover when Shane Bond had to fly home with his long-standing back injury, and ended up taking an impressive six wickets in the match which New Zealand lost.
A call-up to the one-day squad followed after more injuries, and he weighed in with a Man--of-the-Match performance in the NatWest Series match against England, taking a best of 5 for 42 at Durham. Named in the Test team to tour Bangladesh in 2004-05 as a result of a fine summer, Franklin went on to take 5 for 28 in the first Test.
He bettered that with 6 for 119 in the third Test of Australia's tour of New Zealand in March 2005, and bowled superbly - getting the ball to reverse - against Sri Lanka the following month, albeit with less than flattering figures. Took 5 for 53 to deflate West Indies' first innings in the second Test at Wellington in March and finished the series with eight victims. In 2006 he signed for Glamorgan.