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    Chris Drum

    How good was this guy? Has a ridiculous domestic record but barely played for NZ, partly through injury and partly through others being prefferred.

    I can't recall ever seeing him bowl. Out of pure curiosity, what was he like?
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    From memory, and my Nathan Astle 222 DVD he was a right arm out swing bowler. Not a lot to him really, bowled a pretty full length and got the ball to swing at around 130-135k's.

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    Must have been something to him though. Right arm 130-135 swing bowlers are a dime a dozen down here.

    Pity he never played more, could still be playing now.

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    Buy that Nathan Astle DVD (I can't believe you don't have it already...that innings was epic), theres quite a bit of footage of him bowling. He was a pretty decent bowler, a good foil for someone like Bond at the other end.

    His retirement was pretty random if I remember correctly. He had just made it into the test team and seemed to be doing pretty well, and then he just called it quits.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Polo23 View Post
    Buy that Nathan Astle DVD (I can't believe you don't have it already...that innings was epic), theres quite a bit of footage of him bowling. He was a pretty decent bowler, a good foil for someone like Bond at the other end.

    His retirement was pretty random if I remember correctly. He had just made it into the test team and seemed to be doing pretty well, and then he just called it quits.
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    Didn't he go into business or something.

    Anyway, I guess he's another half decent bowler down the toilet.

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    Probably...I guess there wasn't as much money in the game then as there is now.

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    I remember him from the match where Sachin scored 186*. He kept bowling no balls and full tosses on the leg stump. Ended up with 85 runs in 9 overs..

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    Drum was a rather unremarkable bowler when I had seen him, but he was one more cricketer from New Zealand who retired very early. He changed jobs and became a travel agent, because there was more money in it at that time- before the Players' Association strike of 2002.
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    Drum was mentioned here a while ago and I looked him up because I could only vaguely remember him (seem to recall someone tall and gangly who sprayed the ball around without any great pace... though could easily be confusing him with someone else who appeared and disappeared around the same time). Assumed that since he'd retired so young it must have been injuries. He's only just younger than Chris Martin, so could still be playing.

    But really... retiring to be a travel agent? If he prefers that to playing cricket for NZ then he's probably no great loss anyway.

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    Retired at age 27 I believe.

    tbh he bowled in the 120s more than the low 130s.

    Without having anything conclusive to back this statement up, I think he played in an era of pretty juicy Eden Park #2 pitches. The sort of pitches that also made Tama Canning a gun new-ball bowler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polo23 View Post
    From memory, and my Nathan Astle 222 DVD he was a right arm out swing bowler. Not a lot to him really, bowled a pretty full length and got the ball to swing at around 130-135k's.
    Quote Originally Posted by Polo23 View Post
    Buy that Nathan Astle DVD (I can't believe you don't have it already...that innings was epic), theres quite a bit of footage of him bowling. He was a pretty decent bowler, a good foil for someone like Bond at the other end.

    His retirement was pretty random if I remember correctly. He had just made it into the test team and seemed to be doing pretty well, and then he just called it quits.
    I remember that series well, Drum was recalled for the start of it after a domestic season that was insanely good even by his standards. He bowled really well in the England first-innings of the Astle Test, making decent use of a helpful deck, but bowled utter crap (like the rest of NZ's attack) in the second-innings, allowing Flintoff (who at that point was a dreadful Test batsman) to score 137. Bowled terribly for most of the rest of the series too and then retired apparently out-of-the-blue at the end of it, at a much younger age than normal for retirement even in NZ.
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    I remember seeing a bit of him against India in some series..it was a pretty listless performance...dont remember much of him really to make a comment... I doubt he was very good though coz he got dropped pretty soon
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    I was going through some Blackcap results in the Cricinfo archive and it seemed Chris Drum was being looked at very seriously as a regular test seamer for the next few years in 2001 before his shock retirement at the end of that year. I think it was a bolt from the blue and seemed to take NZC by surprise. He was a slow starter but was starting to get results. I cant find a reason that explains his shock retirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediNudist View Post
    I was going through some Blackcap results in the Cricinfo archive and it seemed Chris Drum was being looked at very seriously as a regular test seamer for the next few years in 2001 before his shock retirement at the end of that year. I think it was a bolt from the blue and seemed to take NZC by surprise. He was a slow starter but was starting to get results. I cant find a reason that explains his shock retirement.
    Apparently he realised he was likely to be a test specialist and the income wasn't enough to keep going.

    A guy in my Hostel at Auckland Uni in 1998 was doing property management and Chris Drum was his assigned mentor. It seems that he intended to pursue that overseas with his partner who was a vet.

    I am pretty sure Drum featured in a warm up for the tri-series in 1997/98 against Australia A at the MCG in baking heat & looked quite good. My vague memory of his action is that he was similar to Mills? A tall rangy bowler who relied on swing. Unlike Mills he never became a consistent member of the ODI team though. I recall seeing some highlights of Tendulkar smashing him (& everyone else) around in India in 1999. Those were the only ODI's he played, which is a bit of a surprise.

    Drum announced during the test that he was retiring and will head for England to link up with long-time partner Kushla McIndoe, who is a veterinarian in London.

    As with Parore, who also played the last of his 78 tests, Drum said there was more to life than being a professional cricketer.

    "I'm only likely to be playing test cricket for New Zealand, and with six test matches in the next year, I can't rely on income from just that.

    "My passion for the game hasn't gone but there are other things outside it I want to achieve.

    "If I wait 12 months I could be in the same position, and that's not heading forward."

    Drum has a degree in property management and, after devoting the last two years to cricket, he will look for work overseas.

    He was disappointed not to play in the one-day tri-series in Australia in January but was achieving his main goal of becoming a consistent member of the test side.
    Cricket: Last drumbeat for test swinger - Sport - NZ Herald News

    It looks like that he did have some success on that tour to India, but overall his economy rate was quite high. Looking at those scorecards, I see Alex Tait also played on that tour.

    Remember Chris Drum, the medium-pacer from New Zealand who haunted Sachin for 23 balls, didn't concede a run and got him out twice? At Gwalior in 1999 he bowled 15 consecutive dot-balls to Tendulkar, inducing him into pulling the next, which flew to first slip. In the next game at Guwahati, he got better. Six dots, and the wicket in the seventh. Drum played one more ODI in his career, finishing with an aggregate of four wickets.
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine...ry/134833.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcas0167 View Post
    Apparently he realised he was likely to be a test specialist and the income wasn't enough to keep going.

    A guy in my Hostel at Auckland Uni in 1998 was doing property management and Chris Drum was his assigned mentor. It seems that he intended to pursue that overseas with his partner who was a vet.

    I am pretty sure Drum featured in a warm up for the tri-series in 1997/98 against Australia A at the MCG in baking heat & looked quite good. My vague memory of his action is that he was similar to Mills? A tall rangy bowler who relied on swing. Unlike Mills he never became a consistent member of the ODI team though. I recall seeing some highlights of Tendulkar smashing him (& everyone else) around in India in 1999. Those were the only ODI's he played, which is a bit of a surprise.



    Cricket: Last drumbeat for test swinger - Sport - NZ Herald News

    It looks like that he did have some success on that tour to India, but overall his economy rate was quite high. Looking at those scorecards, I see Alex Tait also played on that tour.



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    Ahhh Alex Tait , another flash in the pan for the Blackcaps,.

    yeah I can see why Drum retired then. Not on a central contract from NZC then possibly and only six tests and fees for the entire next year. Makes sense. Im not sure why NZC didn't make him a better offer of they were serious. Seems anyway he wanted to join his partner in London so either way it would never have worked out.
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