Adam Criag Parore who had announced that he would retire from Test cricket at the end of the series against England in 2001-02 completed his Test career in glorious style when he effected his 200th dismissal in his farewell Test at Auckland against England.
Incidentally New Zealand won the final Test to level the series. Fittingly it was a true gesture to a player who had served New Zealand for long in both Limited Over Internationals and Tests. He had the distinction of performing this feat in front of his home crowd. Parore, born on January 2, 1971 at Auckland is a right-handed batsman cum wicket- keeper. He made his Test debut against England in the 3rd Test at Birmingham in 1990. In all he played 78 Tests and accumulated 2,865 runs at an average of 26.28 with a highest individual score of 110 and effected 204 dismissals comprising of 197 catches and 7 stumpings. By effecting the 200th dismissal of his career, he joined the select band of 7 other wicket-keepers who have accounted for 200 or more dismissals. He is the first New Zealander to accomplish this rare feat. Ian Healy of Australia leads this elite list with 395 dismissals in 119 Tests. South Africa's Mark Boucher holds the record for effecting 200 dismissals in least Tests. He also holds the best average for dismissals per Test at 3.85. Godfrey Evans of England has proved to be the greatest stumper with 46 stumpings. In the retirement of Adam Parore, New Zealand in particular and the cricketing fraternity in general would certainly be poorer considering the vacuum in the quality of wicket-keepers as of now. The following is the complete list of wicket-keepers who have effected 200 or more dismissals in a Test career (stats as at end of Auckland Test):