Related: England's Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley record debut centuries in tour match. A fast-bowling all-rounder, Hadlee took a hat-trick on his debut first-class appearance in 1971, then made his bow for New Zealand in 1973; his first ball, a full toss, was duly hit for four. Richard Hadlee appeals for a wicket, India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bombay, 1988. Image Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo. With Kapil Dev in the Indian team, the battle was pitted as one between the two greatest all-rounders, though the former, at 37 was unexpected to succeed in the mini-battle. At the Gabba in 1985, New Zealand quick Richard Hadlee claimed match figures of 15-123 - the best ever in Australia - to lead his side to their first victory on Aussie soil Sir Richard Hadlee, a retired New Zealand cricketer, took 41 five-wicket hauls during his career in international cricket. A fast bowler who represented his country between 1973 and 1990, Hadlee was described by the BBC as "one of the greatest bowlers the world has seen". Richard Hadlee is a former New Zealand cricketer who was a master of swing bowling and was able to move it both ways. He is probably the greatest player ever in the New Zealand history of cricket. He is the very first bowler to take 400 test wickets. He went on to take 36 five-wicket and 9 ten-wicket hauls in test matches.