Top 5 number 4 New Zealand batsmen of all time
- A look at some of New Zealand's finest '2 down' batsmen in Test cricket
New Zealand is among the younger Test-playing nations, having played its first Test in 1930 and for a long time in its history, the cricket team struggled to compete.
They won their first Test in 1956 and it is interesting to note, that it was around that time that many fine batsmen emerged and made the Test side a competitive unit.
Over the course of its history, New Zealand has had plenty of fine batsmen and that is true for the hugely important number 4 position as well.
Many of them have gone on to become among the best batsmen in the world and here is a look at 5 of the finest.
#5 Brian Hastings
The former New Zealand batsman only played 31 Test matches for his country between 1969 and 1976, but that was primarily because Brian Hastings got selected 11 years into his first-class debut.
However, that did not deter him from becoming one of New Zealand's most prolific number 4 batsmen of all time. Hastings was an excellent timer of the ball and was particularly good with the horizontal bat shots, namely the cut.
He was an excellent hooker as well. The right-hander was generally excellent against anything pitched on the leg stump.
He batted at number 4 in 18 Tests and scored 869 runs at an average of 33.42. He made 2 centuries and 5 half-centuries.