James Edward Charles Franklin
(born November 7, 1980 in Wellington
) is a New Zealand cricketer
. He is a left-arm fast bowler
who can swing the ball and also a capable left-handed lower order batsman. He is one of only two New Zealanders to ever take a hat-trick
in Test cricket
(the other being Peter Petherick
). He achieved this feat on 20 October 2004 against Bangladesh
Franklin played his first game of International Cricket in an ODI in early 2001 aged just 20 due to an injury crisis with New Zealand bowlers. He played his Test debut in Auckland against Pakistan later in the year and scored a pair. With the ball he took the wickets of Mushtaq Ahmed
and Mohammad Yousuf
He was the Man of the Match in a game in the NatWest Series against England with 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. He then took a career best 6 for 119 in the 3rd Test of Australia's tour of New Zealand in March 2005. Bowling figures of 5/53 came against the West Indies at Wellington later in the year. In 2006 he played for Glamorgan in County Cricket.
On 29 April 2006, Franklin hit his maiden Test century of 122 not out
in the 2nd Test against South Africa at Newlands Cricket Ground
in Cape Town
. Franklin has scored two first-class double centuries, both for Wellington against Auckland: 208 , and 219 .
Franklin took a wicket with his first legitimate ball (also the first legitimate ball of... Read More