Newzealand Cricket Players
Michael Hugh William Papps (b. 2 July 1979) in Christchurch. Is a New Zealand right handed opening batsman and Wicketkeeper.
Michael Papps was selected for the one-day series against South Africa in 2003-04 to solve New Zealand's long-running search for a capable opening batsman to partner Stephen Fleming. He impressed in that series and was duly selected for the corresponding Test series. He made 59 on his debut, but struggled afterwards. Nevertheless, the selectors kept faith with him and picked him to tour England in 2004, and an injury to Craig McMillan handed him an opening spot in the second Test at Headingley. He scored a battling 86 in difficult conditions, but at some price. He broke a finger in that innings, and was forced to bat down the order in the second as New Zealand sunk to a series defeat. Short in stature, Papps originally impressed with his ability to manipulate the bowlers, and virtually demanded inclusion on the basis of his domestic form in the 2003-04 season. He racked up more than 1000 runs for Canterbury, with a noted ability to convert length balls into half-volleys. He can also keep wicket, adding some flexibility to the squad.