Gavin Rolf Larsen (born 27 September 1962) is a former New Zealand cricketer who specialised in the art of economical bowling. He was known playfully by his teammates as "The Postman". He is currently chief selector for the national side.

Gavin Larsen
Personal information
Full name
Gavin Rolf Larsen
Born27 September 1962 (1962-09-27) (age 61)
Wellington, New Zealand
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleBowler, Selector
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 190)2 June 1994 v England
Last Test27 April 1996 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 64)1 March 1990 v India
Last ODI16 June 1999 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 8 121 103 229
Runs scored 127 629 3,491 1,981
Batting average 14.11 14.62 28.61 18.17
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 2/17 0/2
Top score 26* 37 161 66
Balls bowled 1,967 6,368 12,765 12,061
Wickets 24 113 156 227
Bowling average 28.70 35.39 29.62 30.31
5 wickets in innings 0 0 5 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/57 4/24 6/37 5/30
Catches/stumpings 5/– 23/– 70/0 59/9
Source: Cricinfo, 4 May 2017

Domestic career


Unusually for a New Zealand player, he played his entire first-class career with one team, Wellington. He also captained the side in the 1994 Australasian Cup in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where New Zealand reached the semi-finals of a six-team tournament.

His nickname of "The Postman" came about as a compliment:

"John Graham, New Zealand's team manager during much of his career, explained the nickname in the foreword to Larsen's book Grand Larseny (yes, really): "He is the consummate professional, committed, conscientious, competitive and consistent. His nickname of 'The Postman' sums him up well, he always delivers!""[1]

International career


Larsen finished his career with an exceptional economy rate in ODI cricket of 3.76 – the norm at the time was usually somewhere between 4 and 4.50 – in his 121 ODIs, stretching over a ten-year span.

He also played eight Tests with reasonable success, taking 24 wickets. However, as a useful batsman and handy bowler, he held a place in the one-day side and played a major part in New Zealand reaching the semi-final stage of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

Larsen earned his 100th ODI wicket in his home-town of Wellington, claiming the prize scalp of Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

After cricket


Larsen was formerly chief executive of Cricket Wellington, leaving the post in October 2011 after four years.[2] He was appointed on 8 July 2015 as a selector of the New Zealand cricket team.[3]


  1. ^ Lynch, Steven (11 June 2013). "Guptill's record, and Tendulkar's ton at Lord's". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  2. ^ Millmow, Jonathan (20 October 2011). "Gavin Larsen will still feel the heat". Stuff. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Gavin Larsen appointed New Zealand selector". ESPNcricinfo. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2021.