Nominated for March 2024 ICC Men’s Player of the Month

Matt Henry (New Zealand)

Seaman Matt Henry showed exceptional red ball form against a strong Australian side. In the recently concluded Trans-Tasman Trophy in New Zealand, which Australia won 2–0, Henry took 17 wickets at an average of 15.7, with two five-wicket hauls to his name. He also scored 101 runs at an average of 25.25.

In the first Test he was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers with 5/70 and 3/36, and also added 42 and 14 with the bat. Although he could not stop the Australian charge, his fighting performance inspired New Zealand ahead of the second Test.

Although the Black Caps were bowled out for just 162 runs in the first innings in Christchurch, Henry was relentless and dismissed seven Australian batters to maintain their lead at 94. An improved performance from New Zealand set the tourists a target of 279.

Henry then teamed up with youngster Ben Sears to leave Australia shell-shocked at 34/4. Brilliant knocks from Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey ultimately saw the tourists home, but Henry remained the standout performer throughout the series. He ultimately won the Player of the Series award.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *