As of November 2021, the New Zealand cricket team has contested 449 test matches out of which they achieved victory in 107 tests, lost 175, and 167 played as a draw. New Zealand has got some batters who played a hundred runs innings in their test debut.
Let’s check out those batters who made a hundred on Test debut for NZ.
Jackie Mills, a former left-handed opener of New Zealand, is the first player who achieved this honor of making a hundred on test debut. He played his debut against England at Basin Reserve, Wellington, Jan 24, 1930, where 117 runs by facing 258 balls with 12 boundaries. In his test career, he played 7 test matches and scored 241 runs at an average of 26.78. He played his last test match against England at Eden Park, Mar 31, 1933.
Bruce Taylor, a former left-handed batsman of New Zealand, is the 2nd player who made a hundred in his test debut. He made his test debut against India at Eden Gardens, Mar 05, 1965, where he made 105 runs from 158 balls by hitting 14 boundaries and 3 sixes. He played 30 test matches for NZ and scored 898 runs at an average of 20.41 with 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries. Taylor played his last Test against England at Headingley, Jul 05, 1973.
Rodney Redmond, a former left-handed batsman, is the 3rd player who had scored a hundred in his test debut for New Zealand. He played his test debut against Pakistan at Eden Park, Feb 16, 1973, where he opened the innings and added 107 runs from just 145 deliveries by hitting 20 boundaries. He played only 1 test match and scored 163 runs from 2 innings at an average of 81.5. He played his last test match against Pakistan at Eden Park, Feb 16, 1973.
Mark Greatbatch, a former left-handed Kiwis batsman, is the 4th batter who added a century in his first test match. He made his test debut against England at Eden Park, Feb 25, 1988, where he faced 325 balls and scored unbeaten 107 runs with 12 boundaries. In his test career, he played 41 tests and scored 2021 runs from 71 innings at an average of 30.62 with 3 hundred and 10 fifties.
Mathew Sinclair, a former right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman, is the 5th player of New Zealand who struck a century in his debut Test. He started his test career in the match against West Indies at Basin Reserve, Dec 26, 1999, where he faced 447 balls and scored 214 runs with 22 boundaries. He played 33 tests and scored 1635 runs from 56 innings at an average of 32.06 with 2 double hundreds, 3 hundreds and 4 fifties. He played his last test match against Australia at Seddon Park, Mar 27, 2010.