Matt Henry

New Zealand

Personal Information
Dec 14, 1991 (29 years)
Birth Place
Christchurch, Canterbury
Batting Style
Right Handed Bat
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast-medium
ICC Rankings
                         Test        ODI      T20
Batting               —            —          —
Bowling            74            11          —
Career Information
New Zealand, New Zealand A, Chennai Super Kings, Canterbury, Worcestershire, New Zealand XI, Punjab Kings, Derbyshire, Kent, Edinburgh Rocks
A bustling pacer, who often sets the speed gun on fire, Matt Henry, has been trumpeted in the same breath as Shane Bond was when the latter burst onto the international stage. The comparison…
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Batting Career Summary
M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 13 16 4 224 66 18.67 293 76.45 0 0 1 32 5
ODI 52 21 7 211 48 15.07 211 100.0 0 0 0 19 9
T20I 6 2 1 10 10 10.0 5 200.0 0 0 0 2 0
Bowling Career Summary
M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 13 25 2953 1598 31 4/93 6/105 3.25 51.55 95.26 0 0
ODI 52 50 2703 2437 92 5/30 5/30 5.41 26.49 29.38 2 0
T20I 6 6 132 191 7 3/44 3/44 8.68 27.29 18.86 0 0
IPL 2 2 30 71 1 1/31 1/31 14.2 71.0 30.0 0 0
Career Information
Test debut
vs England at Lord’s, May 21, 2015
Last Test
vs Pakistan at Hagley Oval, Jan 03, 2021
ODI debut
vs India at Westpac Stadium, Jan 31, 2014
Last ODI
vs England at Lord’s, Jul 14, 2019
T20 debut
vs Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dec 04, 2014
Last T20
vs Bangladesh at McLean Park, Jan 03, 2017
IPL debut
vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, May 09, 2017
Last IPL
vs Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, May 11, 2017
A bustling pacer, who often sets the speed gun on fire, Matt Henry, has been trumpeted in the same breath as Shane Bond was when the latter burst onto the international stage. The comparisons do not end there. Henry too is prone to injuries, so much so that his career did not take off until an acute back surgery in 2012. The Canterbury speed merchant enjoyed a memorable ODI debut, snaring 4-38 to cap New Zealand’s series win over India.

A few months later, Henry was snapped up by Chennai in the 2014 Indian T20 League auctions. Despite not being picked in the final squad of 15 for 2015 Cricket World Cup, he was selected as a replacement for Adam Milne in the semi-final match against South Africa and was also a part of the team in the final against Australia. Since then, Henry has featured predominantly in New Zealand’s squad across formats.

Although Henry has been in the Kiwi setup in the formats, he has been most effective in white-ball cricket. Over the last couple of years, he has become a potent weapon for New Zealand although injuries have plagued his career at times. The 2016 Chappell-Hadlee series win at home saw Henry in full flow although the return series towards the end of that year saw him get some stick Down Under. However, he has produced quite a few impactful spells in the shorter formats.

Henry is touted as a fine talent and it’s ability to generate seam movement at good pace that makes him stand apart from the other New Zealand fast bowlers who are more reliant on swing than movement off the pitch. Injuries have meant that Henry has had to reduce his speeds a touch but he can still bowl a heavy ball and get the ball to move both ways. With age on his side, Henry along with Ferguson are fine back up pacers to have for an attack that is led by Southee and Boult, not to mention Wagner in between.

World Cup – Through the years

As Matt Henry had made his ODI debut just a year before World Cup 2015, the lanky fast bowler doesn’t have much of an experience of playing in the tournament. Also, he wasn’t a regular member of the side due to the presence of other senior pacers in New Zealand’s bowling attack during WC 2015. He made his World Cup debut against South Africa during the semi-final of 2015 where the speedster went wicket-less and the final against Australia was only his second match of the tournament. The target set by Kiwis for Australia was only 183 and although Henry claimed two wickets in the match, he couldn’t create much of an impact in the grand finale.

The fact that he was selected for the knockouts of World Cup shows the potential Henry’s got and how highly he is rated by the team management. Also, it would be interesting to see whether Matt gets to start in the playing XI in the initial matches of WC 2019. As it’s going to be a long tournament, all 15 players are likely to play, therefore Henry needs to create an impact in the limited number of opportunities that come his way.