Colin de Grandhomme broke a 65 year-old record in the opening Test of the BLACKCAPS’ 2016 series against Pakistan. The Auckland all-rounder’s first innings haul of 6 for 41 is the best bowling by a New Zealander on their Test debut. In history, only eight players have returned better figures in the first innings of their debut Test.


The list below highlights how this record has progressed over time, with only a handful of players featuring.

BLACKCAPS' Best Test Innings Bowling on Debut

NameWicketsRunsOversOppositionVenueStart Date
RC Blunt31711.1EnglandLancaster Park, Christchurch10.1.1930
J Cowie411841.0EnglandLord's, England26.6.1937
GF Cresswell616841.2EnglandThe Oval, England13.8.1949
AM Moir615556.3EnglandLancaster Park, Christchurch17.3.1951
C de Grandhomme64115.5PakistanHagley Oval, Christchurch17.11.2016


The next mark for de Grandhomme to work towards is the best match figures on debut. Again, the list is short, with Frank Cameron’s hold lasting 37 years before spinners went back-to-back in claiming the record. In de Grandhomme’s favour is the fact that half of the players on the list below also feature on the list above.

BLACKCAPS' Best Test Bowling on Debut

NameWicketsRunsOversOppositionVenueStart Date
RC Blunt53418.1EnglandLancaster Park, Christchurch10.1.1930
J Cowie616756.0EnglandLord's, England26.6.1937
AM Moir615556.3EnglandLancaster Park, Christchurch17.3.1951
FJ Cameron69242.2South AfricaKingsmead, Durban8.12.1961
PJ Wiseman714366.5Sri LankaRPS, Colombo27.5.1998
MD Craig818839.0West IndiesSabina Park, Kingston8.7.2014


For the other debutant, Jeet Raval, the pursuit of the BLACKCAPS’ highest score on debut is slightly more difficult. After New Zealand’s first Test, Roger Blunt held both the best bowling and highest score records. But his batting total didn’t survive the next Test as Jackie Mills hit 117. Mills’ record lasted until 1999 when Mat Sinclair famously announced himself with a double ton at the Basin. The progression of the BLACKCAPS’ highest score on debut is listed below.

BLACKCAPS' Highest Score on Debut

NameScoreOppositionVenueStart Date
RC Blunt45*EnglandLancaster Park, Christchurch10.1.1930
JE Mills117EnglandBasin Reserve, Wellington24.1.1930
MS Sinclair214West IndiesBasin Reserve, Wellington26.12.1999