Top 5 No. 6 New Zealand Test batsmen of all time
A quick look at 5 of the best middle-order batsmen who played for New Zealand at number 6 in Test cricket.
The New Zealand cricket team struggle in the early years of its existence as a Test playing nation but since the 1960s they became far more competitive and steadily improved over the years.
However, as is the case with all cricket teams, the team's successes came about once top players came in through the system and made the team stronger.
Over the years, many of those cricketers have been middle-order batsmen, who have gone on to become important members of the Test team in different points of time and were responsible for whatever success the team enjoyed.
Although it is true that New Zealand have not had truly brilliant batsmen at number 6 in their cricketing history, it is interesting to have a look at the players who performed well at that position.
#5 Vic Pollard
The all-rounder played for New Zealand in 40 Test matches from 1965 to 1973 and became one of the team's more dependable batsmen in the middle-order in those years, when the team often found it tough to compete, especially away.
Vic Pollard batted at number 6 in only 15 Tests but his aggregate remains the 5th highest among all players who have played at the position for New Zealand.
Pollard had been more famous as an off-spinner but is gritty batting at number 6 was extremely important for a team that was still finding its way at the top level of professional cricket.
In those 15 Test matches, the right-hander made 634 runs at a rather modest average of 27.56. He made 1 century and 4 half-centuries during his stint at number 6.