Lou Vincent Biography
Lou Vincent is a former New Zealand cricketer, who was born on November 11, 1978 in Warkworth. He was a right-handed batsman and a right handed fast bowler.
In his team, he played as an opening batsman. He was banned for life by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the England Cricket Board in 2014 for spot fixing involvements.
Vincent went to Australia with his father where he played matches of his age group and developed a passion for the game. He returned to New Zealand later and joined the Auckland Cricket Team.
His performance gave him a chance to play U19 Cricket World Cup of 1998. He used to perform well in matches, but lacked consistency which was a prime reason for his long wait into the national team.
Lou Vincent made his test match debut in the year 2001 against Australia. He took the chance seriously and went on to hit a century as an opening batsman, becoming the sixth player of his country to achieve this feat.
Later in the second innings, he scored a half century which was enough for him to secure a place in the team for subsequent matches.
Rise to Glory
Vincent hit his first test century in his first match, but for one day matches, he had to play 63 matches to get a three-figure score to his name.
But when it came against Zimbabwe in 2005, it made him the highest individual scorer for New Zealand with a score of 172. In matches played against Australia, he scored fifties consistently and even scored a century in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Vincent's career began to decline when he fractured his wrist while practicing in the 2007 World Cup. To make the matters worse, he even suffered from depression disorders and had high degree feuds with the coach John Bracewell.
All such consistent events kept him away from cricket and hindered his return into the national team. Years later in 2014, he received a lifetime ban for match fixing in club cricket.
Lou Vincent had associated himself with many clubs such as Esholt Cricket Club, Sussex County, etc. He was also a member of the Indian Cricket League.
Lou Vincent announced his retirement in 2013. He was banned for life in 2014 and has been living a retired life ever since.