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Full Name  Geoffrey Philip Howarth
Born  (1951-03-29) 29 March 1951 (age 63)
Birth Place  Auckland, New Zealand
Relations  Hedley Howarth (brother)
Siblings  Hedley Howarth
Name  Geoff Howarth
National team  New Zealand
Batting style  Right-handed
Bowling style  Right-arm off break

Runs scored2,5311,38417,2945,997
Batting average32.4423.0631.9023.98
Top score14776183122
Balls bowled614908,525682
Bowling average90.3322.6632.1020.29
5 wickets in innings0010
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling1/131/45/324/16

Geoffrey "Geoff" Philip Howarth, OBE , is a former New Zealand cricketer, who remains the only New Zealand captain to have positive win-loss records in both Test cricket and ODI cricket.

Howarth played some Test cricket with his elder brother Hedley, but most of his 47-Test career did not overlap with Hedleys. He played most of his career as a specialist batsman, captaining the team for 30 of those 47 Tests, and although his batting average of only 32 was not stunning, he did make six Test centuries. Four of those came while he was not captaining the side.

In his debut series as captain, he led the side to their first Test series victory over the West Indies, when New Zealand won the first Test chasing 104 after being 73 for 8, then drew the second Test thanks to 147 from Howarth, and also survived an evenly-fought third Test. He also became coach for the New Zealand team in the early 1990s and was coach of the ill-fated tour of South Africa in 1994.

His highest first-class score was 183, for Surrey against Hampshire at The Oval in 1979, "a cultured innings lasting four hours" which helped Surrey to an eight-wicket victory. His best bowling figures were 5 for 32 for Auckland against Central Districts at Auckland in 1973-74.

Howarth played 188 matches for Surrey County Cricket Club in England between 1971 and 1985, and was the first overseas player to captain the club, which he did in 1984–85.

Howarth was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to cricket in the 1981 Queens Birthday Honours. In the 1984 Queens Birthday Honours, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire.


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