James Neesham

James Douglas Sheahan Neesham (born 17 September 1990), better known as Jimmy Neesham, is a New Zealand international cricketer, who plays all formats of the game. He was born in Auckland and plays first-class cricket for the Wellington cricket team.

James Neesham
Personal information
Full nameJames Douglas Sheahan Neesham
Born (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 31)
Auckland, New Zealand
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 264)14 February 2014 v India
Last Test16 March 2017 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 178)19 January 2013 v South Africa
Last ODI26 March 2021 v Bangladesh
T20I debut (cap 59)21 December 2012 v South Africa
Last T20I21 November 2021 v India
Domestic team information
2014Delhi Daredevils
2014Guyana Amazon Warriors
2019Trinbago Knight Riders
2020Kings XI Punjab
2021Mumbai Indians
2021Welsh Fire
2022Rajasthan Royals
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 12 66 66 128
Runs scored 709 1,320 3,249 3,083
Batting average 33.76 28.69 32.16 34.25
100s/50s 2/4 0/6 5/17 2/18
Top score 137* 97* 147 120 *
Balls bowled 1,076 2,115 6,915 4,157
Wickets 14 68 120 143
Bowling average 48.21 31.45 32.95 28.16
5 wickets in innings 0 2 2 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/42 5/27 5/65 5/27
Catches/stumpings 12/– 24/– 66/– 50/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 25 January 2022

Domestic and T20 franchise careerEdit

Neesham began his first-class career with Auckland, but a move to Otago Volts worked well for him, as he made some important contributions in the 50-over format in the 2011/12 season, making three 40-plus scores in seven innings, all of them coming at more than a run a ball. He was among the wickets too, taking a career-best 5 for 44 against Wellington and 4 for 23 against Canterbury. The rewards came soon, as he was included in the limited-overs squads for the tour to South Africa.

Neesham was picked in IPL by Delhi Daredevils for season 7 and played for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2014 Caribbean Premier League,[1] and for Derbyshire in the English 2016 NatWest t20 Blast.[2] In June 2017 he signed to play for Kent County Cricket Club in the 2017 NatWest t20 Blast, making his debut in Kent's opening match of the tournament in July.[3][4]

In June 2018, Neesham was awarded a contract with Wellington for the 2018–19 season.[5]

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Edmonton Royals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[6]

In the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab[7] and in 2021 was bought by Mumbai Indians.[8] In February 2022, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.[9]

International careerEdit

Neesham made his Test debut against India, scoring an unbeaten 137, the highest score on debut by a Test number 8 batsman.[10] In June 2014, he made a century in his second test against the West Indies, becoming the first New Zealander to score centuries in his first two matches.[11]

Neesham was named in New Zealand's 15 man squad for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.[12] On 3 January 2019, in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, Neesham scored 34 runs in one over, including five sixes.[13] This was the most runs scored in one over by a New Zealand batsman in an ODI match.[14]

In April 2019, he was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[15][16] On 1 June 2019, in New Zealand's first match of the World Cup, Neesham played in his 50th ODI.[17] In New Zealand's match against Afghanistan, Neesham took his first five-wicket haul and his 50th wicket in ODIs.[18] In the 2019 Cricket World Cup semifinal, Neesham took the final wicket, and a stunning catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik off Matt Henry's delivery. Before the World Cup Neesham revealed that he had considered retiring from international cricket 18 months prior due to poor form and injury problems but Heath Mills, the then CEO of the New Zealand Players Association, advised him to take break from cricket for 3–4 weeks and to not retire.[19][20]

In August 2021, Neesham was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[21]


  1. ^ "New Zealander James Neesham joins Guyana Amazon Warriors". Guyana Times. 2 July 2014. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ "James Neesham: Derbyshire sign New Zealand all-rounder for T20 Blast". BBC Sport. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  3. ^ Jimmy Neesham: New Zealand all-rounder joins Kent for T20 Blast, BBC Sport, 26 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ Panting M (2017) Jimmy Neesham shows what he can do with three wickets on Kent Spitfires debut, Kent Online, 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Central Districts drop Jesse Ryder from contracts list". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Global T20 draft streamed live". Canada Cricket Online. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  7. ^ "IPL auction analysis: Do the eight teams have their best XIs in place?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  8. ^ "IPL 2021 auction: The list of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  9. ^ "IPL 2022 auction: The list of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Brendon McCullum hits 302 as New Zealand draw with India". BBC Sport. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  11. ^ New Zealand 7 for 508 (dec), West Indies 0 for 19 at stumps on day two of first Test in Jamaica, after century by Jimmy Neesham
  12. ^ "New Zealand Squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2017". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "James Neesham marks return with five sixes in an over". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Neesham slams 34 in record over". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Sodhi and Blundell named in New Zealand World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Uncapped Blundell named in New Zealand World Cup squad, Sodhi preferred to Astle". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  17. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (Match 3): New Zealand vs Sri Lanka – Statistical Preview". Cricket Addictor. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Neesham, Ferguson leaves Afghanistan in ruins". Cricket Country. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  19. ^ "World Cup bound Jimmy Neesham was talked out of retirement". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  20. ^ "After World Cup recall, Jimmy Neesham reveals he was talked out of retirement". Hindustan Times. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Black Caps announce Twenty20 World Cup squad, two debutants for leadup tours with stars absent". Stuff. 9 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.

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