Ian Butler is a right handed batsman and right arm fast bowler who plays for the New Zealand cricket team. The other teams he has played for are Northern Districts and Kent.
Butler debuted in One day International cricket on 13th February 2002 at Christchurch against England. In this match, he bowled 5 overs, none of which were maidens, conceded 37 runs and took 1 wicket. He did not get an opportunity to bat in this match. New Zealand won this match by 4 wickets with 21 deliveries to spare. Butler played his first Test match on 13th March 2002 at Christchurch against England. In the 1st innings, he bowled 16 overs, out of which 2 were maiden, conceded 59 runs and took 2 wickets. He could not score a single run and was caught by Hussain off the bowling of Hoggard. In the 2nd innings, he bowled 23 overs, out of which 2 were maiden, conceded 137 runs and took 3 wickets. He scored 4 runs in 15 deliveries and was caught by Foster off the bowling of Caddick. England won this match by 98 runs.
Butler played in 8 Test matches and scored 76 runs at a batting average of 9.50 and strike rate of 46.62. He bowled 1368 deliveries, conceded 884 runs and took 24 wickets at a bowling average of 36.83 and economy rate 3.87. Butler took part in 15 One day Internationals in which he could score just 6 runs. He bowled 593 deliveries, conceded 558 runs and took 14 wickets at a bowling average of 39.85 and economy rate 5.64.