|Name||Gareth James Hopkins|
|Born||November 24, 1976|
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Gareth Hopkins is a former professional New Zealand cricketer, born on 24 November 1976 in Wellington, New Zealand. He was a wicket-keeper and a right handed batsman.
Hopkins played five ODIs as a substitute for Brendon McCullum, who was unavailable at that time..
Hopkins learned the game at New Zealand Academy, and played for the national youth team.
He played domestic cricket for Northern Districts but switched to Canterbury, and later to Otago.
He cemented his position as a keeper and never settled with low standards with his bat, this is what helped him get selected for the New Zealand senior team.
Hopkins made his first senior team appearance on 23 November 2007 against England in a T20 match. He could only manage 6 runs from 10 balls.
Hopkins made his Test debut against England in June 2008. He played as a wicketkeeper and contributed 15 runs off 61 balls.
Rise to Glory
Hopkins played for Auckland at domestic level and led them to victories in the ODI and T20 formats.
The New Zealander played a total of 10 T20 matches for his country, where he managed to score only 86 runs. He played 25 ODI games, scoring a total of 236 runs and could only manage 71 runs in four tests.
Apart from this Hopkins also appeared in 158 first class games for Auckland, scoring 7550 with an innings highest of 201 runs. He also played 203 List-A games and scored a total of 4013 runs, with highest score of 142.
Hopkins didn't really cement his position in the first team of Kiwis. In the year 2010, his consistently poor batting performances saw him being dropped from national team.