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Ian Smith
Inducted in 1997
Ian Smith, known to his teammates as “Stockley” after one of his given names, was one of the key contributors in a New Zealand cricket golden era in the 1980s.
Sporting Category:
  • Cricket
For much of his 12-year international career, he was generally regarded as the best wicketkeeper in the world. Smith claimed most New Zealand records, including 176 test dismissals and 426 in all first-class cricket.

He was also an accomplished batsman with his most noted innings 173 against India in Auckland in 1990, which was the highest by a New Zealand wicketkeeper, the highest test score by a No 9 batsman and the fastest test 150 (from 118 deliveries).

He played in 63 tests.

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Martin Crowe

(1962 - 2016)

New Zealand has produced some fine batsmen, among them Bert Sutcliffe, Martin Donnelly and Stewie Dempster, but knowledgeable judges rate Martin Crowe the best of them all.
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