|Full name||Matthew Norman Hart|
|Born||16 May 1972 47) (age|
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 187)||17 February 1994 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||8 November 1995 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 87)||13 March 1994 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||9 June 2002 v West Indies|
Source: Cricinfo, 4 May 2017
Matthew Norman Hart (born 16 May 1972) is a former New Zealand cricketer. Hart, a left-arm orthodox spinner, played in 14 Tests between 1994 and 1996, claiming 29 wickets including one five-wicket haul against South Africa.
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