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Mitch Santner:Biography

Mitch Santner

Mitchell Josef Santner (born 5 February 1992) is a New Zealand international cricketer who plays all forms of the game. Domestically, he plays for Northern Districts cricket team. He is a bowling all-rounder who bats left-handed, and bowls slow left-arm orthodox spin.

Early Life and Family

Santner was born in Hamilton, New Zealand. His father, Wayne, is a former first-class cricketer. Santner's grandfather, Jack, also played first-class cricket. Santner has a younger brother, Ben, who is also a cricketer

Personal Life

Santner is married to his long-time girlfriend, Hannah. The couple have a daughter, Harper.

Early Cricket Career

Santner started playing cricket at a young age. He played for Hamilton Boys' High School and the New Zealand Under-19 team. He made his debut for Northern Districts in 2012.

International Debut

Santner made his international debut for New Zealand in a One Day International (ODI) against England in June 2015. He made his Test debut against England the following month. He made his T20I debut against Bangladesh in February 2016.

ODI Career

Santner has played 87 ODIs for New Zealand, scoring 1,319 runs at an average of 21.98 and taking 88 wickets at an average of 34.61. He has five ODI half-centuries and two five-wicket hauls.

T20I Career

Santner has played 66 T20Is for New Zealand, scoring 569 runs at an average of 15.19 and taking 59 wickets at an average of 24.69. He has two T20I half-centuries and one four-wicket haul.

Test Career

Santner has played 47 Tests for New Zealand, scoring 1,673 runs at an average of 25.31 and taking 111 wickets at an average of 39.17. He has four Test half-centuries and five five-wicket hauls.

Records and Achievements

  • Santner is the first player to make his international debut in a day-night Test.
  • He is the first New Zealand player to score a half-century and take five wickets in a day-night Test.
  • He is the highest-scoring New Zealand number eight in Test cricket.
  • He is the only New Zealand player to have scored over 1,000 runs and taken over 50 wickets in T20Is.

Awards and Honors

  • Santner was named the New Zealand Emerging Player of the Year in 2015.
  • He was named the New Zealand T20I Player of the Year in 2016.
  • He was named the New Zealand ODI Player of the Year in 2017.

Captaincy Stints

Santner has captained New Zealand in three T20Is. He led the team to victory in one match and defeat in two matches.


Santner has not been involved in any major controversies during his career.


Mitch Santner is one of the most versatile cricketers in the world. He is a valuable asset to the New Zealand team in all three formats of the game. Santner is still relatively young and has the potential to achieve even greater things in his career.

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