The middle-order of any batting line-up forms the backbone with the help of which teams often post big totals or save the team from an early collapse.
Needless to say, the top order is, of course, responsible for providing adequate protection to the middle-order by batting as long as possible.
However, once that is done, the middle-order needs to cash in and post a score. Grafters, stroke-makers, excellent technicians and players at ease against spin or pace usually make for good middle-order batsmen.
New Zealand have had their fair share of excellent middle-order batsmen throughout their Test history and here is a look at 10 of the best.
#10 Mark Burgess
The former New Zealand captain, who played for the country from 1968 to 1980 was one of the mainstays of the batting line-up when the team were starting to assert themselves in the game and he remains one of the most prolific middle-order batsmen to have played for the Kiwis.
Burgess was an amateur cricketer and was particularly known for being a carefree stroke-maker, who was partial towards the drive. He batted at all middle-order positions for New Zealand and over the course of 50 Test matches, he scored 2684 runs at an average of 31.20. Burgess scored 5 centuries and 14 half-centuries in his career.