With a bowling average of 15.16, Bob Blair is among the greatest First-Class bowlers in New Zealand history. In the 1956-57 season, he twice took 9 wickets in an innings playing for Wellington at the Basin Reserve.

For New Zealand, his story is inextricably linked with the Tangiwai disaster. That moment overshadowed much of his career in the BLACKCAP, a career that spanned 19 Tests over 11 years.

In this interview with Erin Campbell, Bob talks about his career in the game, both as player and as a coach all around the world.

All photos: Brian Bassano Collection, nzcricketmuseum.co.nz

Bob Blair’s profile from Cricket Archive via the BLACKCAPS’ archive.