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Brendan Popplewell
New Zealand

Full name: Brendan Popplewell
Nickname: Pop
Home Town: Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay, NZ
Current age: 26
Major teams: TAB
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium, Right-arm orthodox off-spin
Cricketing Hero: Willie Watson, Murphy Su'a and Abdul Qadir
Song that fires him up: Highway to the Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins

Mat Runs Balls RPB 6s Ave Outs +25
Indoor 47 824 633 1.30 13 20.60 40 7
Mat Inn NO HS Runs Ave Ccs +50
Outdoor 1 1 0 12 12 12.00 0 0
Mat Ovs Runs Wkts ROs RPB Ave SR -Conc 5w
Indoor 47 96 497 46 35 0.74 10.80 14.61 5 0
Mat Ovs Mds Runs Wkts Ave SR ER Best 5w
Outdoor 1 - - - - - - - - -

Of Western Samoan parents, left-arm fast-medium bowler Murphy Su'a's career came alive after two mediocre seasons with Northern Districts when he moved to Auckland. In his first season (1990-91) he grabbed 28 wickets in nine matches, winning his Test call-up against England the following summer when he took eight wickets in two games. That was followed by successful tours to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, and a Test-best 5 for 73 against Pakistan at Hamilton in January 1993. But thereafter he struggled, taking 5 for 434 in four Tests against Australia, and drifted out of the reckoning. His cause was not helped by mood swings and clashes with some senior members of the side. This bares little relationship to the career of Brendan Popplewell; a right-arm bowler capable of unleashing little off-spinners or furious medium pacers who's not ever played for Northern Districts or Auckland, though he does have a cricket coffin with his name on it!

Brendan currently holds the coveted position of team captain; surprising stunned opposition teams with daring tactics and setting the standard for the rest of the team to follow with both bat, ball and in the field.

Andrew Newman August 2007