James Franklin Biography
James Franklin is a former cricketer from New Zealand, who played all forms of the game at the international level. He was an all-around player, who bowled left-arm medium-fast and a middle order batsman with an ability to hit the ball with power.
Born on 7 November 1980 in Wellington, James has the ability to swing the ball both ways. He worked on his batting to become a complete all-rounder.
Franklin played for Middlesex in his first class and started his career in 1998 in a match against Hampshire. After a year, Franklin made his List A debut, playing against Middlesex and showed his worth after that he was picked for an international team in 2001.
Franklin started his international career at very young age. He played his first ODI in 2001 when he was just 20 years old. His ODI debut was against Zimbabwe where he bowled 5 overs and took 2 wickets by giving just 28 runs.
He played his debut Test in Auckland against Pakistan later in the year and took two wickets.
Rise to Glory
Franklin was awarded Man of the Match in a game in the NatWest Series against England with figures of 5 for 42 at Durham. He then took part in a Test series against Bangladesh in 2004–05 and helped New Zealand to victory with 5/28 in the 1st Test.
Then came his career-best figures of 6 for 119 in the 3rd Test of Australia's tour of New Zealand in March 2005. Continuing his good form, he took 5 for 53 against the West Indies at Wellington later in the year.
On 29 April 2006, Franklin scored unbeaten 122 runs in the 2nd Test against South Africa. That was his first international century.
Franklin has played county cricket for Glamorgan and Gloucestershire. Franklin signed for English county Essex for the 2012 Friends Life T20.
In the fourth season of the Indian Premier League, Franklin was contracted by Mumbai Indians for US$100,000.
Franklin played his last test match against South Africa in 2013 and played his last ODI after 6 months in June 2013 against England.
On 6 February 2015, it was announced that James Franklin had signed for Middlesex on a two-year contract, effectively retiring from international cricket.