- One Of New Zealand’s Most Successful Batsmen
- Regarded As One Of The Best & Most Entertaining Cricket Speakers On The After Dinner Circuit
Jeremy Coney was a New Zealand cricketer, who played 52 Test matches and 88 ODIs for New Zealand, captaining them in 15 Tests and 25 ODIs. He was one of New Zealand’s most successful batsmen. He only lost one Test series as captain, against Pakistan away, and he became Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1984.
Jeremy was the captain who in 1986, after the England wicketkeeper Bruce French was injured by a Hadlee bouncer, allowed Bob Taylor to leave the sponsor’s tent and play as a substitute. It was one of the great sporting gestures of all time. New Zealand won that series with the bowling of Richard Hadlee only slightly more potent than the captaincy of Coney. His medium-pace bowling was often used in ODIs, where it yielded 54 wickets, including four for 46 against Sri Lanka in 1985.
During his playing days, his height, reach, and reactions as a slip fieldsman, earned him the nickname “The Mantis”.
He now lives in the UK and works as a commentator/ summariser for Sky Sports Television and he is regarded as one of the best and most entertaining cricket speakers on the after dinner circuit.