List of New Zealand Test cricket victories
This is a list of the New Zealand national cricket team's Test match victories. The New Zealand cricket team played its first Test in January 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand. The team won their first Test match 45 matches and 26 years later, against the West Indies at Eden Park, Auckland, in the 1955/56 season. As of 19 March 2020, NZ has played 442 Test matches, won 101, lost 175, while 166 matches ended as a draw.
1930 to 1945
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The New Zealand cricket team's inaugural Test match was played on 10–12 January 1930 against England in Christchurch. The team contained two of NZ's finest ever batsmen, Stewie Dempster and Roger Blunt but the match was lost.
1945/46 to 1955
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In 1949 NZ sent one of its best ever sides to England. It contained Bert Sutcliffe, Martin Donnelly, John Reid and Jack Cowie. These four players consistently appear in NZ Test "dream teams". However, three-day Test matches ensured that all four Tests were drawn. Donnelly and Cowie retired after the 1949 tour. Despite playing 42 Tests for NZ, Sutcliffe never played in a victory. He missed the last two Tests of West Indies' tour in 1955–56, when New Zealand won their maiden Test victory in Auckland. Sutcliffe also missed the tour of South Africa in 1961–62, which New Zealand drew 2–2.
1955/56 to 1965
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1 v West Indies at Auckland 1955/56 NZ won by 190 runs
The New Zealand cricket team achieved their first Test win 45 matches and 26 years after their first Test in 1930. Neither their form in the preceding season, when they were bowled out for the world record low Test score of 26 by England, nor their form in the three matches prior to this one suggested NZ's first Test victory was near at hand. The West Indies thrashed NZ in the first three matches of the four-match series by an innings and 71 runs, an innings and 64 runs, and 9 wickets respectively.
In the end, the victory over the West Indies was as comprehensive as the three previous losses had been. NZ outplayed the West Indies from start to finish. John Reid, one of NZ's greatest cricketers, top scored for the match with 84 in the NZ first innings. Tony MacGibbon took 4 for 44 and Harry Cave 4 for 22 in the West Indies first innings of 145. The West Indies did even worse in their second bat, getting only 77, Cave again taking four wickets, 4 for 21.
As news of the tumbling West Indian wickets spread on the last afternoon of the match, Aucklanders began to flood into Eden Park to witness NZ's historic victory. When the last wicket fell the NZ fieldsmen swooped on the stumps and around 7000 long-suffering supporters engulfed the ground.
Bangladesh has played 59 tests (as at June 2009) for 1 win against Zimbabwe, a team weakened by politics, in their 35th match. There were no easy opponents in NZ's first 45 matches.
2 v South Africa at Cape Town 1961/62 NZ won by 72 runs
John Reid had a magnificent tour of South Africa in 1961/62. He scored a record 1915 first class runs with 7 centuries. Under his captaincy NZ won the 3rd and 5th matches and drew the series 2 – 2 with the South Africans.
NZ batted first and ended up with a first innings lead of 195 thanks to Zin Harris's only test century, 68 from Noel McGregor, 92 from Reid, 69 from Murray Chapple and when the South Africans batted, 5 for 48 from Frank Cameron.
South Africa had NZ at 163 for 9 in their second innings but a 49 run unbroken partnership from keeper Artie Dick, (50* – his only test 50) and number 11, Cameron (10*) let Reid declare and set S.A. a target of 408. Jack Alabaster, the best leg spinner NZ has produced, took 4 for 119 to make sure the South Africans didn't get them.
3 v South Africa at Port Elizabeth 1961/62 NZ won by 40 runs
NZ were behind 2–1 in the series going into the fifth match. Again they batted first and got a healthy first innings lead (85), this time thanks to Paul Barton's only test century. All five NZ bowlers got wickets with Dick Motz having the best return, 3 for 33. In NZ's second innings Graham Dowling (78) and Reid (69) top scored and South Africa had to chase 314 to win.
Reid (45 overs 4 for 44) ripped out the middle of the South African line up and left them reeling at 193 for 7. The last 3 South Africans wickets put on 83 and gave their side a chance of a draw, but Cameron took the last wicket 21 minutes from the close of play on the final day to win the test and draw the series.
NZ did not win two tests in a series again until 1982/83 against an inexperienced Sri Lankan side in their first year of test cricket. They won both tests of a 2 match series.
1965/66 to 1975
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4 v India at Christchurch 1967/68 NZ won by 6 wickets
The second test of 4. NZ batted first and Dowling scored 239 which was at the time the highest score for NZ. Bruce Murray got 74 and Keith Thomson 69 on his test debut. Thomson played only one more test. When India batted Motz took 6 for 63 and India failed by 14 runs to avoid the follow-on score. In India's 2nd innings Gary Bartlett took 6 for 38, his best bowling performance, and India were all out for 301. The target to win was only 88, but Bevan Congdon finished on 61 not out.
The Indians objected to Bartlett's bowling action but he was not called for throwing. India's opening bowler Abid Ali, was however when he deliberately threw one delivery in protest, in NZ's second innings. Bartlett, one of the fastest bowlers to come out of NZ, played in the last 2 tests of the series, but never played test cricket again and retired from first class cricket aged 30. NZ lost the series 3–1.
Jack Alabaster took the first two wickets in India's second innings. He was the only player to appear in all of New Zealand's first four Test victories.
5 v West Indies at Wellington 1968/69 NZ won by 6 wickets
NZ won the second test of a 3 match series after having lost the first. Motz took 6 for 69 to restrict the West Indies to 297 in the first innings. Glenn Turner in his second match scored 72 and Congdon 52 in NZ's 282 to ensure NZ stayed in touch. The West Indies collapsed in their second innings, scoring only 148 with Bob Cunis taking 3 for 35 and Bryan Yuile 3 for 26. NZ had little difficulty making 166 to win the match. Brian Hastings got 62*. The third test was drawn and so was the series.
6 v India at Nagpur 1969/70 NZ won by 167 runs
NZ went on a six test tour of India and Pakistan, playing 3 matches against each. The Indian series was drawn 1–1. NZ won the series against the Pakistanis 1–0. This was their first ever test series win. The tour was hard going for the NZers. They stayed at the grounds and not in hotels, the tests in India were played during the monsoons and the players were paid a pittance. Therefore, two test wins, one drawn series and their first series win must be considered a very good outcome.
Although the pitch took spin from the morning of day one the top four gave NZ a good start to their first innings, Graham Dowling got 69, Mark Burgess 89 and NZ got past 200 with only 3 down. The eventually first innings total of 319 was not high but it was good enough to give NZ a first innings lead of 62. Spinner Hedley Howarth bowled well in the boiling heat and took 4–66. Part-time spinner, Burgess also picked up 3 wickets.
NZ struggled against the spin in the second innings and at 171 for 9 India were still in the game, but Dayle Hadlee and Howarth added 43 for the last wicket and India had to chase 277. Spinners, Howarth (5–34)and Vic Pollard (3–21) bowled splendidly and India were bundled out for 109.
NZ were well on top in the third test (NZ 181 & 175–8 Dec and India 89 & 76–7), but rain and a deliberate go-slow by match officials in getting the ground ready to resume play thwarted NZ's efforts to take the series. At one stage the NZ team were on the field helping what few workers there were to remove the water on the covers.
7 v Pakistan at Lahore 1969/70 NZ won by 5 wickets
Pakistan never recovered from a collapse on the opening morning and lost to NZ for the first time. On a pitch that offered only a little turn the NZ spinners Hedley Howarth (3–34) and Vic Pollard (3–27) dismissed Pakistan for only 114. Bruce Murray 90 and Brian Hastings 80* put on 101 for the third wicket and at one stage NZ were 48 ahead with only 2 wickets down. However NZ only managed a first innings lead of 127. Pakistan lost six wickets erasing the deficit, Dayle Hadlee taking 3–27, leaving NZ only 81 to win. NZ lost 5 wickets getting the runs.
The first and third Tests were drawn so NZ won the series 1–0. This was NZ's last series win in Pakistan until 2018/19.
8 v Australia at Christchurch 1973/74 NZ won by 5 wickets
NZ played its first test against Australia in 1945/46 and scored 42 and 54. Australia ignored NZ for 28 years after that claiming that NZ were not good enough to play them. NZ lost a 3 match series in Australia, 2–0 in 1973/74 but later in the same summer drew a 3-match series in NZ 1–1.
It was in the second match of this series that NZ achieved its maiden Test win over Australia. Glenn Turner (101 and 110*) became the first New Zealander to get a century in each innings of a Test. Turner scored nearly half of NZ's runs in the match while no other NZ batsmen got over 50. Turner also held the second innings together as NZ threatened to collapse chasing 228 for victory. Richard Collinge and the Hadlee brothers, Richard and Dayle dismissed Australia for 223 and 259 and gave NZ the chance to chase what appeared to be smallish total for victory. In the end though it required another heroic performance from Turner to secure the win. Australia won the third match to draw the series.
1975/76 to 1985
There were two main reasons for NZ's improved test record in this decade. The first was that Sri Lanka were newly granted test status at this time – NZ picked up 4 victories in Sri Lanka's first few years in test cricket, when they were a relatively weak and inexperienced side. The second reason was that NZ had the services of its best ever bowler, Richard Hadlee who made his debut in 1973. Hadlee played in all 13 of the victories in this decade and took 93 wickets at an average of 12.27 in those 13 matches.
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9 v India at Wellington 1975/76 NZ won by an innings and 33 runs
New Zealand achieved their first test victory by an innings. India won the toss and chose to bat against NZ's four pronged pace attack. The pitch was easy paced and the Indian openers started well but soon after mid-day Richard Hadlee dismissed the top 3 in 15 balls. His brother Dayle got another. The middle order recovered somewhat and India posted 220 with Richard Hadlee taking 4–35.
Captain Glenn Turner 64, Bevan Congdon 52, got NZ off to a good start and Mark Burgess 95, Lance Cairns 47 and the tail gave NZ a 114 first innings run lead. India's opener Sunil Gavaskar was hit in the cheek while fielding, ended up in hospital and took no further part in the game.
On the fourth day the Indians struggled against the NZ bowlers especially Richard Hadlee who bowled with pace and accuracy and went to lunch at 62 for 3. After lunch Richard Hadlee was irresistible and in 28 balls took 5–10 to finish with 7 for 23. His match figures of 11–58 was a new record for NZ and only the second time a NZ bowler had taken 10 wickets in a match. Jack Cowie took 10–140 v England in 1937.
The 3 match series was drawn 1 all.
Glenn Turner played in 7 more tests after this one before disputes with the NZ Cricket board kept him out of test cricket for 6 years. He then played in 2 victorious tests against Sri Lanka in 1982–83 before retiring aged 35.
10 v England at Wellington 1977/78 NZ won by 72 runs
It took NZ 48 tests and as many years to beat England for the first time. When England were set only 137 to win it seemed highly likely that England's unbeaten run would continue. However, when Richard Collinge bowled Boycott with a fast inswinger the NZ players sensed an upset. Richard Hadlee and Collinge bowling virtually unchanged, poured on the pressure and dismissed the English for 64. Collinge (3 for 35) knocked the top off the order and Hadlee (6 for 26) cleaned up the middle and the tail. Hadlee's match figures were 10 for 100 and Collinge's were 6 for 77. The crowd, realising the historical importance of this victory, cheered the fall of each wicket with the same enthusiasm as those present at NZ's first test victory over 20 years beforehand.
In NZ's first innings John Wright took nearly 6 hours to make 55 on his test debut. In a low scoring game his score was only bettered by Boycott who took 7 and a half hours to make 77. The English won the second test and the 3-match series was drawn 1–1.
11 v West Indies at Dunedin 1979/80 NZ won by 1 wicket
In one of the most acrimonious series of all time NZ achieved their first series win against the West Indies. The West Indies had recently beaten Australia 2–0 in a hard tour and arrived in NZ expecting to thrash the locals. As the West Indies had a side full of great players most of the NZ public expected much the same. Unfortunately for the West Indies they ran into Richard Hadlee, some questionable umpiring and their own petulance, finally leaving NZ with a series loss and their reputations as sportsmen in tatters.
In the West Indies first innings of 140, Hadlee took 5 for 34 with 4 lbws. Although the pitch was keeping low, Don Cameron, a NZ cricket journalist, described the umpiring as "indifferent". NZ replied with 249, Bruce Edgar got 65 and Hadlee a quick 51. When umpire John Hastie gave John Parker not out Michael Holding kicked down the stumps. Parker later went on to score zero. The resulting photo is one of the most famous cricketing photos The West Indies scored 212 in their second bat and Hadlee got 6 for 68 with 3 more lbws. At the time, 12 lbws in the test were a new record. This was the first instance of a NZ player scoring 50 and taking 10 wickets in the same test. NZ needed only 104 to win but lost nine wickets getting to 100. The winning run was a leg bye.
The second and third tests were drawn but marred by more poor umpiring and some shocking behaviour from the West Indies. Among the lowlights from the second test were:
- The West Indies refused to take the field after tea on the third day. Play finally resumed 12 minutes late.
- The West Indies players spent the final session of the third day accidentally-on-purpose conceding boundaries and dropping catches.
- After play ended on the third day the West Indies players voted to go home and held a party at their hotel to celebrate. The West Indies board ordered the players to stay.
- On the fourth day Colin Croft deliberately shoulder barged umpire Fred Goodall.
- Clive Lloyd standing unmoved at second slip, forcing the umpires to come to him to talk about Croft's behaviour.
After the tour ended the West Indies board apologised to the NZ Board, the team manager, Rodriguez was replaced, and the players had to sign a contract that had a penalty clause for bad behaviour for the tour of England that followed. Croft was later banned from West Indian cricket for going on a rebel tour to South Africa in 1983. Clive Lloyd, as an ICC match referee, is now somewhat ironically in a position where he has to judge the sportsmanship of current players.
NZ did not lose another series at home until 1991/92. Richard Hadlee retired in 1990.
12 v India at Wellington 1980/81 NZ won by 62 runs
On a green pitch NZ won the toss and chose to bat. Despite movement for the bowlers, NZ finished the first day at 241 for 4. A patient unbeaten 137 over nearly six hours by captain Geoff Howarth got NZ to 375. Howarth's innings was the decisive factor in the match, the rest of which was dominated by the bowlers.
Lance Cairns swung the ball late, and made deep inroads into the Indian batting by the end of the second day. The next day Gary Troup helped Cairns press home the advantage. Cairns took 5 for 33 and Troup 3 for 43. India were all out for 220.
In their second bat, NZ were bowled out for 100, Bruce Edgar top scoring with 28. India had two full days to get 253 but were soon floundering. At lunch they were 75 for 4. Richard Hadlee made up for his wicketless first innings by taking 4 for 65. India were all out for 190 and NZ won with a day to spare. NZ won the 3 match series 1–0.
13 v Australia at Auckland 1981/82 NZ won by 5 wickets
Geoff Howarth won the toss and sent Australia in, and Australia were 77–3 at lunch. Two suicidal runouts at 120 and a couple of poor shots led to Australia being dismissed for 210 Gary Troup took 4–82. Australia regained some ground by having NZ struggling at 35–2 at the end of the first day, but on the second Bruce Edgar batted with certainty – his innings of 161 lasted more than eight and a half hours in all; because of intervals and stoppages for bad light he had to start and restart nine times. An aggressive Howarth (56) helped him add 87 for the third wicket and Jeremy Coney (73) 154 for the fourth wicket. Edgar was seventh out and runs from the tail gave NZ a 177 run first innings lead. Nineteen-year-old Martin Crowe, playing in his second test match, scored 2.
With nothing in the pitch for the faster bowlers, Australia reached 167 before losing their second wicket and at the end of the fourth day Australia were 64 ahead on 241–4. On the final morning, Richard Hadlee got Greg Chappell first ball. This so inspired the NZ team that the Australian were all out for 280, Hadlee taking 5–63, leaving NZ only 104 to win. NZ lost 5 wickets getting those runs but achieved their second test victory over Australia.
14 v Sri Lanka at Christchurch 1982/83 NZ won by an innings and 25 runs
The inaugural New Zealand – Sri Lanka test match started two and a half hours late due to overnight rain. Sri Lanka won the toss and invited the New Zealanders to bat. New Zealand started well enough with Glenn Turner making his return to Test cricket after six years. The opening partnership was worth 59 runs but NZ slumped to 93/4 and then later to 171/7. Jeremy Coney (84) and Warren Lees (89) added 79 for the eight wicket. Lees added 42 for the 9th wicket with Martin Snedden 52 for the 10th wicket with Ewen Chatfield NZ finally posted 344.
Lance Cairns (4–49) and Richard Hadlee (4–33) were too good for Sri Lanka and they were dismissed for 144, failing by only 1 run to save the follow-on. Their second innings was hardly happier, all out for 175. Martin Snedden took 3–48 Lance Cairns 4–47 and Ewen Chatfield 3–40.
This was New Zealand's first test victory inside three days and only the second time they had won by an innings. Glenn Turner played 39 test matches for New Zealand between February 1969 and February 1977. A falling out with the NZ cricket authorities lead to Turner not playing for New Zealand for six years. He played two more test matches against Sri Lanka in March 1983, both of which NZ won.
15 v Sri Lanka at Wellington 1982/83 NZ won by 6 wickets
The second test of the inaugural series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was marred by rain. Although play took place on each of the five days, the match itself lasted little more than eighteen hours. Sent in to bat on a seam-friendly pitch, Sri Lanka slumped to 48/4 by the second morning but were revived by a great stand of 130 for the fifth wicket between Ranjan Madugalle and Somachandra de Silva and eventually reached 240, with Ewen Chatfield taking 4 for 66. New Zealand also struggled in their first innings and looked to be flagging at 169/9, but Sri Lanka's lacklustre fielding allowed New Zealand to pass the 200 mark. Hadlee, who was dropped on 0, struck a quickfire 30 and Cairns, who was also missed before scoring, made a brisk 45 and added 32 for the last wicket with Chatfield, reducing New Zealand's first innings deficit to 39. John Wright had his nose broken by a bouncer but returned to add an additional four runs, taking his total run aggregate past 1000. Sri Lanka then collapsed to 93 in their second innings with wicketkeeper Warren Lees taking five catches. New Zealand knocked off the 133 runs they needed with 6 wickets to spare, reaching the target 48 minutes before lunch with a six from Hadlee.
16 v England at Leeds 1983 NZ won by 5 wickets
New Zealand finally won a Test in England after 17 defeats and 11 draws, overcoming a hostile spell from Bob Willis to secure a five-wicket triumph on the fourth day. It also ended a 16-year drought for an overseas victory and, amazingly, didn't include a wicket from Richard Hadlee, although he deserved much better. Lance Cairns was the hero with ten wickets in the match and seven in the first innings in helpful conditions. England were well placed on 175 for 3 before they lost 7 for 50. John Wright (93) and Bruce Edgar (84) then played key roles in engineering a 152-run win. Edgar had to retire hurt after being hit on the thigh by Ian Botham, but returned to add 84 with Hadlee, who scored a vital 75. Ewen Chatfield bagged five in the second innings. Only David Gower's 112 provided much resistance. The target caused a few wobbles, but Jeremy Coney held his nerve. He later said: "The main feeling was thinking of all the New Zealand players who have been coming here for 52 years, better players than myself, and making sure that their sweat and effort had not been in vain." England hit back to take the final two Tests and claim the four-match series 3–1.
17 v England at Christchurch 1983/84 NZ won by an innings and 132 runs
The second match of the series saw New Zealand outplay their opponents in just about every facet of the game. A shambolic performance from England, including a bowling effort later described by Bob Willis as some of the worst bowling he had ever seen in Test cricket, allowed NZ to achieve their largest victory at the time in little over twelve hours of play.
Aided by some wayward bowling, NZ posted 307 in their first innings, at what was then considered a fairly brisk rate of 4.2 runs per over. Richard Hadlee, coming in with the innings in the balance, struck 99 off 81 balls, taking full toll of a surplus of long hops and half volleys from the tiring England bowlers. Taking advantage of a suspect surface, the NZ bowlers proceeded to run through the England batting lineup on the rain-affected second day. England were promptly dismissed for 83 in their first innings, with Hadlee, Cairns and Chatfield taking 3 wickets apiece. After being forced to follow on, England were reduced to 33/6 and some wondered if they would be able to surpass their lowest score against NZ in a Test (64). Although they managed to, thanks to a 39-run partnership between Derek Randall and Bob Taylor, England were eventually dismissed for 93, handing NZ victory by an innings and 132 runs. Hadlee's bowling figures of 8/44 for the match, along with his 99 in the first innings, made him the dominant figure of the match.
18 v Sri Lanka at Kandy 1983/84 NZ won by 165 runs
19 v Sri Lanka at Colombo 1983/84 NZ won by an innings and 61 runs
20 v Pakistan at Auckland 1984/85 NZ won by an innings and 99 runs
21 v Pakistan at Dunedin 1984/85 NZ won by 2 wickets
This was New Zealand's last series victory over Pakistan until November 2016.
1985/86 to 1995
Richard Hadlee played in all of the first 8 test victories of this decade, taking 73 wickets at an average of 13.53. After Hadlee's retirement in 1990, NZ won only 4 of its next 43 tests. Hadlee's contribution to NZ test victories is matched only by that of Shane Bond. Of Hadlee's 86 Tests, New Zealand won 22 and lost 28. Hadlee missed 14 tests during his career and NZ didn't win a single one. By December 2007, of the 17 tests that Bond had played in, NZ had won 9 and lost only 2. Of the 27 tests that Bond missed, NZ won 6 and lost 13.
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22 v Australia at Brisbane 1985/86 NZ won by an innings and 41 runs
Richard Hadlee's best bowling performance in an innings (9 for 52) and the 6th best in test history bundled Australia out for 179. Hadlee caught the only batsman he didn't dismiss. Hadlee followed this up with 6 for 71 in Australia's second innings giving him 15 for 123 for the match, the 10th best in test history. (June 2007) See it here on YouTube. Hadlee's targeting of Andrew Hilditch's weakness (he was a compulsive hooker) was particularly brilliant. Hilditch was caught off Hadlee's bowling at fine leg in both innings and never played for Australia again, although he did become an Australian selector.
Hadlee's haul was so extraordinary that it tends to over-shadow NZ excellent performance with the bat – NZ recorded their highest score against Australia. Martin Crowe (188), John F. Reid (108) and Hadlee (54*) were the main contributors in NZ's 553/7 dec. Crowe and Reid's 3rd wicket partnership of 224 was at the time a new record for NZ.
Australia won the second test in Sydney but NZ won the third in Perth to take the series. Peter English said in 2007 that the series was all about Hadlee. "He may not bowl at the same speed as the West Indian pace battery, but he is a master at his craft."
23 v Australia at Perth 1985/86 NZ won by 6 wickets
Another match, another Hadlee masterclass. He picked up 11 wickets at the WACA to give New Zealand their first series win against Australia. He also finished the series with a remarkable 33 victims at 12.15, the best figures in a three-match Test tour since SF Barnes in 1912. New Zealand entered the match with the series at 1–1 – they were unfortunate to have lost the second Test, at the SCG, which could have gone either way. But their medium-fast seamers, who had laboured on hard and fast Australian pitches in the past, found themselves in 1985–86 bowling on surfaces more like those in their own country. It also meant sensible, straight-playing batsman could thrive. It was the perfect combination for New Zealand. Even the renovated WACA ground was not its usual lightning self, though the batsmen were not entirely comfortable, and when New Zealand were set 164 to win at roughly two an over, on a pitch that was breaking up, they were no certainty. But Crowe's unbeaten 42 got them there with six wickets and ten overs to spare.
24 v Australia at Auckland 1985/86 NZ won by 8 wickets
John Bracewell took 10 wickets in this match and helped them bowl Australia out for 103 in their second innings.
25 v England at Nottingham 1986 NZ won by 8 wickets
26 v West Indies at Christchurch 1986/87 NZ won by 5 wickets
27 v India at Bombay 1988/89 NZ won 136 runs
Hadlee claimed the world wicket-taking record in the first Test but New Zealand predictably lost. When they were 175 for 8 on the opening day of the second match in Mumbai the series was following the expected path. However, John Bracewell scraped together a battling 52 – his first crucial role in a match he would eventually win – to lift New Zealand to 236. Hadlee claimed 6 for 49 and as Wisden reported: "[He] once again began to dictate terms: none of the remaining batsmen could keep him out as [Kris] Srikkanth had done at the start." India's last eight wickets went for 100 and they trailed by 2. Andrew Jones' 78 and Ian Smith's 54 set India 282 in 130 overs; they didn't get close. Srikkanth fell to Hadlee's first-ball incutter before Bracewell took over and removed Navjot Sidhu and Dilip Vengsarkar in his first two. There was no way back for India, who were never comfortable against Bracewell. "Azharuddin's nervous start against Bracewell's old-fashioned, yet sharp, off-breaks told the whole tale of how India were being hoist with their own petard," Wisden said. 
28 v India at Christchurch 1989/90 NZ won by 10 wickets
John Wright scored 185 in New Zealand's first innings of 459 while Sir Richard Hadlee took 400th test wicket on his home ground.
29 v Australia at Wellington 1989/90 NZ won by 9 wickets
30 v Zimbabwe at Harare 1992/93 NZ won by 177 runs
31 v Australia at Auckland 1992/93 NZ won by 5 wickets
Australia spent most of this engrossing Test trying to wriggle their way out of trouble after a calamitous opening day. Indeed, they almost wriggled into a winning position, setting New Zealand a thorny target of 201 on a bowlers' pitch. That the home side made the runs with five wickets to spare, and without succumbing to the tension of the occasion, was a measure of their improvement through the series.
Border's decision to bat looked reasonable after an uneventful first hour, but then the clouds enclosed Eden Park and the game underwent a personality change. New Zealand had learned the lessons of Christchurch and dismissed Australia for 139 in conditions conducive to swing and seam bowling. Morrison's lethal fast out-swingers brought him six for 37. This included his 100th Test wicket when he had Healy caught in the gully – though Border, his 99th, was given out caught behind to a delivery that clipped his off stump without removing the bails, the first of several decisions from umpire King that upset the Australians. Morrison became the eighth New Zealander to pass the milestone, in his 29th Test. New Zealand also benefited from the influence of the canny Watson; Martyn, who had replaced Mark Waugh, did well to get an edge to a Watson leg-cutter.
The impression that Eden Park was a swing bowler's paradise was reinforced next day by Steve Waugh, whose potent out-swinger had Crowe caught at first slip attempting to turn the ball to leg. Unfortunately, that resulted in Border holding back Warne – other than a maiden before lunch – until the last hour of the day, when New Zealand led by 39. Once again Warne changed a game's direction, taking four wickets for eight from 15 overs. Collectively the New Zealand batsmen had struck their best form of the series, but had little to show for it: the top five reached 20, but none passed Rutherford's 43, which ended when he danced recklessly down the pitch to Warne's second delivery.
In a bid to swing the delicately balanced series, Crowe tossed the new ball to his off-spinner, Patel. Crowe spoke later of the eerie feeling this created in the opposition, and certainly Australia appeared slightly spooked: Taylor was stumped in Patel's first over and Langer lbw in his second, neither offering a shot. Martyn responded with an aristocratic 74, dropping down on one knee to slap the bowling about. Boon made only 29 of their 107-run partnership before Martyn fell to Greatbatch's acrobatic catch at silly mid-off. But it still took determined contributions from Border and Hughes to scrape together the lead of 200 Australia thought they needed.
The series reached a climax with the heavyweight clash between Hughes and the New Zealand opener Greatbatch, who came out swinging like cowboys in a bar-room brawl. Hughes was affronted by Greatbatch's tactic of charging the bowling and the pair exchanged heated words, brushed chests and Hughes once spat on the ground in Greatbatch's direction. Greatbatch's most extraordinary shot came at the expense of McDermott, whom he charged and deposited into the terraces over wide mid-off. His 29 from 30 balls ended when Hughes uprooted his middle stump, but he had broken the ice. While never dominating Warne, the New Zealand batsmen made a better fist of his bowling than at any other stage in the series, and won in something close to comfort. This would be New Zealand's last test win over Australia for over 18 years.
32 v Pakistan at Christchurch 1993/94 NZ won by 5 wickets
Pakistan led by Saleem Malik and possessing two magnificent fast bowlers, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram, won the first two matches of the series and were widely expected to complete a clean sweep.
After Pakistan's first innings of 344 (Danny Morrison 4–105 & Simon Doull 3–93) Waqar Younis sliced through NZ's first innings in familiar fashion. Only Andrew Jones (81) stood firm and NZ posted 200. Thanks to some fine bowling Danny Morrison again (4–66) and Matthew Hart (3–47) Pakistan only got 179 in the third innings. Even so, NZ's target of 324 looked far too high. NZ had never scored more than 278 in the fourth innings for a test victory.
Although they had more than 2 days to get them, at 133 for 4, with Jones gone, it did not look likely. But the 154-run stand between Bryan Young (120) and Shane Thomson (120*) transformed the match and gave NZ an unlikely victory.
In late 1998, allegations were made at a Commission headed by Pakistan high court judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum into match fixing that some members of the Pakistan team had deliberately underperformed in matches on this tour. Salim Malik was subsequently banned from cricket for life (later overturned) and Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram were fined.
33 v South Africa at Johannesburg 1994/95 NZ won by 137 runs
New Zealand marked their first tour of South Africa in 33 years with a victory that stunned the home side in Hansie Cronje's first Test as captain. It was a real team performance: Shane Thomson made 84, Crowe 83, Ken Rutherford 68, and there was a final wicket stand of 57, boosting them to above 400. Then Simon Doull took six wickets, and Matthew Hart five to wrap up the win. Dion Nash had South Africa in early trouble at 38 for 3, although Andrew Hudson's dismissal was shrouded in controversy: replays showed he'd walked for a catch that bounced. It needed Dave Richardson's 93 to avoid the follow-on but Fanie de Villiers brought South Africa back into the match as New Zealand fell to 34 for 5. Stubborn efforts from the lower order set South Africa a target of 327 on a wearing pitch. Hart's left-arm spin proved the trump card, helping to cover for the loss of Nash, who suffered a tour-ending side strain. The series, though, sank rapidly from these heights as New Zealand lost the final two Tests to become the first side since 1888 to lose a three-match series after going ahead. Three players – Hart, Nash and Stephen Fleming – were also suspended for smoking cannabis, and injuries hit the squad badly.
1995/96 to 2005
The reason for this was decade being NZ's most productive was the 8 victories recorded against weak opposition, namely Zimbabwe and newcomers Bangladesh. Zimbabwe was never a strong test side but they were severely weakened by the policies of their government. Bangladesh have won three tests since they were granted test status, one against Zimbabwe and two against the West Indies (their first overseas win and series victory), with both teams crippled by player strikes and inept administration. There were also 3 wins against the West Indies which had gone from the best side in the world to one of the weakest in little over a decade.
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34 v Pakistan at Lahore 1996/97 NZ won by 44 runs
This was just New Zealand's second win in Pakistan and was inspired by an outstanding display of swing bowling from Doull. He claimed 8 for 85 in the match as New Zealand overcame an impressive debut century from Mohammad Wasim to secure a 44-run win on the fourth day. The opening stages of the match suggested anything but an away win, as Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed shared eight wickets to blow New Zealand apart for 155. But when their turn came, Pakistan slumped to 37 for 5 against Doull before hauling themselves to a seemingly vital 36-run lead. Chris Cairns turned the match as he came in at 101 for 5 and blasted 93 off 89 balls, while Fleming stood firm with an unbeaten 92. Chasing 276, Pakistan crashed to 60 for 6, and although Wasim resisted, he couldn't deny New Zealand. Cairns admitted it had been an emotional experience. "I went up to Simon to congratulate him on an outstanding performance. I was quite close to tears. Actually, I might have shed the odd tear or two. It was just so great to beat Pakistan over here and be involved with a great bunch of guys." However, Pakistan fought back in the second Test with an innings-and-13-run win to share the series. 
35 v Sri Lanka at Dunedin 1996/97 NZ won by an innings and 36 runs
NZ completed their first home test win for three years through a remarkable innings from Bryan Young who scored 267 not out in the team's total of 586–7 declared.
Sri Lanka won the toss and put NZ in, only to see them bat until tea on the second day. Mathew Horne 66, Stephen Fleming 51, and Chris Cairns 70, contributed fifties to the team total of 586–7 declared. At the time, Young's 267 was the second highest score for NZ at the time, and 586 was NZ's second highest innings score. The highest then score was Martin Crowe's 299 and the highest innings total is 671–4 in the same match. Young was warned of the declaration an hour before it came but chose not to chase down Crowe's 299.
The tea declaration soon paid off and Simon Doull and Heath Davis reduced Sri Lanka to 78–4 by stumps. Doull 5–58 and Davis 3–34 dismissed Sri Lanka for 222. Stephen Fleming enforced the follow on. Sri Lanka's 328 was an improvement on the first innings but was still a disappointment on an exceptionally good pitch. Doull took 3–82 giving him match figures of 8–140. Doull took his third five wicket bag of the season, following those against Pakistan and England. He had given NZ the bowling edge but the man of the match award went to Young who had been on the pitch throughout.
This was New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming's first test win as captain.
36 v Sri Lanka at Hamilton 1996/97 NZ won by 120 runs
Teenage left –arm spinner Daniel Vettori took 9–130 in his fourth test to give NZ their first series win since their visit to Zimbabwe in 1992/93. It was the first time they had won consecutive Tests since they beat Pakistan twice in 1984/85. On a slow pitch of uneven bounce, Blair Pocock anchored NZ's otherwise undistinguished first innings effort of 222 with 85, an innings whose significance grew clearer as the game developed. It was to be the highest score of the match. None of his teammates reached 30 and the Sri Lankans struggled even more.
The once erratic Heath Davis took 5–63 and Vettori 4–46. Sri Lanka scored 170 and conceded a lead of 52. NZ batted Sri Lanka out of the match by extended the lead to 325 thanks to half-centuries to Bryan Young 62, Stephen Fleming 59, and Nathan Astle 52.
In Sri Lanka's second innings Vettori bowled with relish on his home ground. He had come within sight of earning NZ victory in his second test; this time he completed the job picking up 5–84. For second successive test NZ won with a day to spare. The pitch was declared below test standard and dug up a few weeks later.
Heath Davis played only 1 more test, Blair Pocock played 4 more.
37 v Zimbabwe at Wellington 1997/98 NZ won by 10 wickets
38 v Zimbabwe at Auckland 1997/98 NZ won by an innings and 13 runs
39 v Sri Lanka at Colombo 1997/98 NZ won by 167 runs
NZ managed to lose the next 2 tests and lost the series 2–1. This was New Zealand's last test victory in Sri Lanka until November 2012.
40 v India at Wellington 1998/99 NZ won by 4 wickets
Simon Doull took 7–65 in India's first innings of 208 in the Boxing Day Test match on 26 December 1998.
41 v England at Lord's 1999 NZ won by 9 wickets
New Zealand let a winning position slip in the opening Test at Edgbaston after having had England on the ropes at 45 for 7. However, at Lord's they were always in control from the time Cairns took advantage of an overcast first day and reduced the home side to 183 for 9, taking 6 for 77 – among those the wicket of Chris Read, who was left looking like an embarrassed schoolboy by a brilliant slower ball. Then Matt Horne's 100 helped New Zealand build a lead of 172, and to compound England's problems they lost Nasser Hussain, their captain, with a broken finger. Second time around, the wickets were shared around the visitors' attack. Geoff Allott, who had been one of the stars of the World Cup a few weeks earlier, claimed three. It left New Zealand needing 58 and they completed their first win at Lord's in 13 attempts, and their first win in England since 1986. 
42 v England at The Oval 1999 NZ won by 83 runs
England and NZ were tied one all going into the 4th test. England picked 4 number 11s, Andy Caddick, Alan Mullally, Phil Tufnell and Ed Giddins to go up against NZ's last 4, Chris Cairns, Dion Nash, Daniel Vettori and Shane O'Conner. NZ batted first and were in deep trouble at 87 for 6 until Stephen Fleming (66*) put on 149 with the last 4 wickets, (Vettori 51 off 48 balls). Cairns took 5 for 31 in England's first innings of 153, the last four English wickets contributed 59. NZ were in even deeper trouble in the second innings at 39 for 6 but then Carns smashed 80 off 93 balls and helped put on 123 for the last four wickets. England were set 246 for victory and were well placed at 123 for 2 but then lost 8 wickets for 39 with the last four adding 15. Nash got 4 for 39.
Over 2 innings, NZ's last 4 scored a total of 183 runs and England's 4 number 11s scored a total of 27. Cairns got man of the match and NZ a rare series win over England.
43 v West Indies at Hamilton 1999/00 NZ won by 9 wickets
Only the fourth instance in tests of one partnership being worth more than the other 19 partnerships of their team. The West Indian opening pair, Campbell and Griffith scored 276 for the first wicket and batted for nearly the entire first day. The West Indies then lost 10 wickets for 89 runs, (Vettori 4 for 83 and Chris Cairns 3 for 73) and in the second innings were all out for 97, with Chris Cairns getting 7 for 27, his best bowling in an innings. His 10 for 100 was the only time he took 10 wickets in a test match.
Fleming, McMillian and Cairns all got fifties with all of the first 8 batsmen making a contribution in NZ's first innings of 393. NZ even managed a small first innings lead, something that looked highly unlikely when the West Indies were 282 for 1 at close of play on day one. The fact that NZ won by 9 wickets, (one of their biggest wins by wickets), was even more remarkable.
44 v West Indies at Wellington 1999/00 NZ won by an innings and 105 runs
45 v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo 2000/01 NZ won by 7 wickets
46 v Zimbabwe at Harare 2000/01 NZ won by 8 wickets
47 v Pakistan at Hamilton 2000/01 NZ won by an innings and 185 runs
48 v Bangladesh at Hamilton 2001/02 NZ won by an innings and 52 runs
49 v Bangladesh at Wellington 2001/02 NZ won by an innings and 74 runs
50 v England at Auckland 2001/02 NZ won by 83 runs
This was New Zealand's 50th test victory. Adam Parore and Chris Drum retired after this test.
51 v West Indies at Bridgetown 2001/02 NZ won by 204 runs
Thirty years after they played their first Test in the Caribbean, New Zealand finally won a match there, and comprehensively at that.
In the first innings, Stephen Fleming, who had said New Zealanders' mental image of cricket in the West Indies was of "guys being hit on the helmet, broken bones, and fire and brimstone", led the way with 130 against an attack that was anything but life-threatening. Mervyn Dillon, Daren Powell, Pedro Collins and Adam Sanford were hardly of the Holding and Roberts mould. Wicket-keeper Robbie Hart (57 *) playing in only his second test added 108 with Fleming and 112 with the last 4 batsmen.
Most of West Indies' batsmen were not in the Richards and Lloyd category either. Not even Brian Lara could stop Daniel Vettori (4–27) and Ian Butler (3–26), running through the West Indies for 107.
Nathan Astle scored 77 in NZ's second bat and NZ set the West Indies a massive 473 to win with over two days remaining.
Shane Bond picked up Gayle and Sarwan with the first new ball and Lara and two tailenders with the second. He got his first five-wicket haul in tests (5–78) and confirmed the 204 run win within four days.
NZ fans began to dream of a new ball attack of Butler, Bond and Tuffey providing many victories in the coming years. Sadly all three player's careers were cut short by injury. Butler played only 5 more tests and Bond only 12. After a five-year absence due to injury and recovery, Butler started playing again for NZ in ODI matches in 2009. On 8 September 2009, all three played in the same ODI in Sri Lanka.
52 v India at Wellington 2002/03 NZ won by 10 wickets
53 v India at Hamilton 2002/03 NZ won by 4 wickets
This was the second occasion that part of all four innings had taken place on the same day of a Test India started the third day (the first was washed out) at 92 for 8 in their first innings, and were soon all out for 99; New Zealand were bowled out for 94; India went in and out again for 154; and by the end of the day New Zealand, chasing 160 to win, were 24 without loss and completed a four-wicket victory next morning. The other occasion was the second day of the 2000 lord's test between England and the West Indies.
54 v South Africa at Auckland 2003/04 NZ won by 9 wickets
New Zealand's maiden test victory over South Africa in New Zealand. Chris Cairns was the major contributor when he took his 200th test wicket and scored his 3000th test run. Scott Styris scored 170 in this match.
55 v Bangladesh at Dhaka 2004/05 NZ won by an innings and 99 runs
James Franklin claimed New Zealand's second test hat-trick in this test.
56 v Bangladesh at Chittagong 2004/05 NZ won by an innings and 101 runs
57 v Sri Lanka at Wellington 2004/05 NZ won by an innings and 38 runs
2005/06 to 2015
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from 7 August 2005 to 3 June 2015
58 v Zimbabwe at Harare 2005/06 NZ won by an innings and 294 runs
NZ achieved its largest ever test victory at the time. The game was so one-sided that it was over in two days. NZ, batting first, scored 452 for 9 on day one. They were looking shaky at 113 for 5 but were rescued by Fleming (73), McCullum (111) and Vettori (127). McCullum got his second test century off 94 balls and Vettori scored NZ's fastest test century off 82 balls. Shane Bond, batting at number 10, also got his highest test score, 41* from 38 balls.
NZ declared overnight and bowled Zimbabwe out twice on day two, only the second time this has happened in the history of test cricket, (England bowled India out for 58 and 82 at Manchester in 1952). New Zealand bowled Zimbabwe out for 59 and 99. When scores are as low as these it is common for all the bowlers to get wickets and Vettori's 4 for 28 in the second innings were the best bowling figures in the game.
On 18 January 2006 Zimbabwe Cricket announced that it was suspending its participation in test matches because its players were not up to test standard. With much of the cricket world clamouring for the ICC to suspend Zimbabwe's test status, it was very much a case of "jumping before being pushed".
59 v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo 2005/06 NZ won by an innings and 46 runs
Zimbabwe won the toss but when they chose to bat first their woes continued. Shane Bond recorded his best figures in first class cricket taking 6 for 51. See it here on YouTube. Zimbabwe were 7 for 3 at one stage but recovered somewhat to 231.
New Zealand replied with 484, with Lou Vincent making 92, Fleming 65 and Astle 128, his 11th test century.
Bond picked up 4 more wickets in Zimbabwe's second innings to get his first 10 wicket bag in first class cricket (10 for 99). Zimbabwe couldn't improve on their first innings score and lost by an innings again but took the game into the third day.
Calls to suspend Zimbabwe from test cricket were renewed by those who believed Zimbabwe were devaluing the game and by those who wanted to punish Mugabe's regime. The NZ government had encouraged NZ cricket to call off this tour but NZ cricket refused, citing contractual obligations.
The game itself ended in farce.[according to whom?] Chris Mpofu was run out by Brendon McCullum when he left his crease to congratulate his partner on his half century before the ball was dead. As the incident happened at the end of a no contest and in a far-away country, no aspersions were cast on McCullum's or the Black Caps' lack of sportsmanship. Three victories later Muralitharan's run out in similar circumstances would stir up quite a hornet's nest.[according to whom?]
60 v West Indies at Auckland 2005/06 NZ won by 27 runs
This was New Zealand's narrowest victory by runs, until the win at Hobart in 2011. In fact, only an astounding piece of luck, some atrocious batting from the West Indies and some great bowling from Shane Bond enabled NZ to escape defeat. The West Indies were 140 for 0 chasing 290 for victory when Gayle hit a 50-over old ball on to the roof of the stand. The replacement balls were all about 10 overs old. The umpire chose one and roughed it up on concrete to artificially age it. The umpire roughed up one side more than other and the ball started to reverse swing. Bond bowled accurately and aggressively and ripped out the middle order in a 4 wicket burst, eventually finishing with 5 for 69.
NZ's top order failed in both innings and NZ was in trouble at 69 for 4 in the first innings and 4 for 88 in the second. A century by Scott Styris and a fifty from Nathan Astle saved NZ from humiliation in the first innings and 74 from Brendon McCullum saved them in the second.
This was New Zealand's 60th test victory coming 50 years to the day after its first test victory in 1956.
61 v West Indies at Wellington 2005/06 NZ won by 10 wickets
When Shane Bond, NZ's best fast bowler since Richard Hadlee, withdrew from the match 10 minutes before the start of play the West Indies must have fancied their chances of drawing level in the series. Instead James Franklin bowled full, swung the ball both ways and knocked the top of the West Indian order with 5 for 53. In reply to 192, NZ scored 372 with Peter Fulton in his second match scoring 75, Fleming got 97 and Astle 65.
In the West Indies second innings the NZ bowlers stuck to their task and kept chipping away at the demoralized West Indians finally leaving themselves only 36 runs for their fifth victory in 5 consecutive games, their best ever winning streak, indeed their only winning streak of any note. For the West Indies on the other hand, this was their eighth consecutive loss, their worst losing streak in history. Rain in the third test brought both streaks to an end.
In his last visit to NZ Brian Lara's performance was symptomatic of his team's woes. He scored 5, 0, 1, 1 in the first 2 tests which were lost, before getting 83 in the 3rd test which was drawn.
62 v Sri Lanka at Christchurch 2005/06 NZ won by 5 wickets
Murali run out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zgvjC9WUCs
No regrets on controversial run out – Fleming http://content-eap.cricinfo.com/nzvsl/content/story/271912.html
Eighteen months later McCullum was at it again – and this time the controversy raged for days. You would, however, have assumed that the man at his mercy, Muttiah Muralitharan, should have known better. He and Kumar Sangakkara had been engaged in a tense battle for survival in a low-scoring contest, and had added 27 vital runs for the tenth wicket when Sangakkara clipped Shane Bond down to fine leg to bring up an excellent century. Murali tapped his bat into his crease to complete the run, then turned at once to congratulate his partner. At the same instant, the return throw came in from the boundary, and McCullum didn't think twice about breaking the wicket and putting in his appeal. The ball was not dead, so it was a justifiable move (if not entirely in the spirit of the game), and when New Zealand lost five wickets in pursuit of 119 for victory, it assumed even greater importance in hindsight. The Sri Lankans were furious, and a week later translated that anger into a crushing series-levelling win – with their two protagonists sharing the spoils with ten wickets and 156 not out respectively.
63 v Bangladesh at Dunedin 2007/08 NZ won by 9 wickets
NZ thrashed Bangladesh 3–0 in the One Day series just prior to this test so the NZ players and fans had high expectations of two easy victories in the test series as well. When Bangladesh were bowled out for 137 ( Chris Martin 4 for 64) on the first day everyone's expectations looked like they would be met. NZ replied with 357 with Matthew Bell, who was playing his first test for 6 years, and Jacob Oram scoring centuries. Apart from Bell, Oram and Martin the NZers batted poorly. Martin is infamous for his lack of ability with the bat but got to double figures (12) for the first time in a record 49 innings. NZ's 357 was not a good batting performance on a good pitch against a weak bowling attack. This was underlined by the Bangladeshi openers, who put on 161 in a record opening stand against all countries.
However, on day 3, the NZ bowlers recovered their composure and took all 10 second innings wickets for 93 runs. The four seamers knocked off the top of the order and Vettori (4 for 70) mopped up the tail. NZ did not get the expected innings victory, but they were close with a 9 wicket win well inside 3 days. NZ's opener Craig Cumming scored 1 & 4 against the weakest attack in test cricket (Zimbabwe had been suspended) but was retained for the next test.
New Zealand had won all of the five tests they had played against Bangladesh up to this point, but this was the first occasion where they had not won by an innings.
64 v Bangladesh at Wellington 2007/08 NZ won by an innings and 137 runs
Vettori won the toss again and put Bangladesh in again. On a better pitch than the previous test in Dunedin the Bangladeshis could only manage 6 runs more, largely because NZ bowled better than in Dunedin, especially Chris Martin, who troubled the batsmen with pace, bounce and movement in both directions and picked up his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests, (5–65).
Bangladesh bowled reasonably well for the first 71 overs of the NZ innings and had NZ at 242 for 6 with Stephen Fleming out for 87, but then Daniel Vettori came in and smashed 94 in 87 balls off the tiring Bangladeshi bowlers. NZ finished with 393, a 250 run first innings lead.
Another poor performance with the bat followed and Bangladesh were all out for 113 before lunch on the third day. Stephen Fleming took 3 catches in the match and moved into second place on the "most test catches in the field in a career" list. He finished the match with 166, 15 behind the leader Mark Waugh. The innings victory that everyone had expected since the start of the series eventuated (this was NZ's third most comprehensive victory) NZ cricket fans and players turned their eyes to the England series that followed this one. In fact, expectations of Bangladesh were so low even while NZ was playing them most people had at least one eye on England series. Jonathan Millmow in the Dominion Post went so far as to say :
... victory will have a hollow feel. Nothing has been achieved against a weak side, save Chris Martin who looks at the top of his game with the England series around the corner.
Three out of five of NZ's top order largely squandered their chance to score easy runs against the Bangladeshis and Craig Cumming was dropped for the first test against the English.
65 v England at Hamilton 2007/08 NZ won by 189 runs
Vettori won the man of the match award for some match saving batting, fine bowling and aggressive captaincy but his biggest contribution to NZ's victory was winning the toss and choosing to bat on a flat track. Jamie How (92) apart, the NZ top order failed to capitalise on Vettori's luck but Ross Taylor (120) McCullum (51) and Vettori (88) pushed the NZ total up to 470. The English started batting for a draw right from the off and when they were dismissed for 348 off 173.1 overs after lunch on Day 4 it looked as though they might have succeeded.
In their second innings NZ sought quick runs; How (39) and Fleming (66) got them up to 99/1 but when NZ tried to lift the tempo they crashed to 141/8. Only Vettori's valuable 35 enabled NZ to declare and set the English 300 to win off 81 overs. The English started positively but Kyle Mills dismissed the first 4 batsman for 30 runs and the English went back to playing for a draw again. Paul Collingwood took over an hour to score 2 runs but after he was bowled by Vettori the English tail offered little resistance and NZ won with a session to spare on Day 5.
NZ's four most inexperienced players, How (7 matches), Taylor (3), Jeetan Patel (2) and Mills (10) made big contributions to this victory. How and Taylor got their highest test scores 92 and 120, respectively and Patel and Mills their best bowling figures 3/107 and 4/16, respectively.
This was also Stephen Fleming's last series for NZ and he finished the series with 111 matches, 7172 career runs, and 171 career catches, all records for NZ.
NZ lost the next 2 tests and as a result lost the series 2–1. This was the third time NZ had lost a series after winning the first match in the last 10 years.
66 v Bangladesh at Chittagong 2008/09 NZ won by 3 wickets
Daniel Vettori came within 3 runs of top scoring in both of NZ's turns at bat and having the best bowling figures in both of the opposition's innings, something no player has ever achieved. He scored 55* & 76 and took 5–59 & 4–74. Without Vettori's contribution Bangladesh would have achieved their first test win against decent opposition (i.e. not Zimbabwe). As it was Bangladesh were ahead for the first 3 and a half days of the test and NZ only won by 3 wickets.
Bangladesh batted first and despite being 4–44 managed to get to 245. In addition to Vettori's 5–59, Iain O'Brien also bowled very well for 3–36. NZ replied with what Dylan Cleaver writing in The New Zealand Heralddescribed as:
"the nadir, rock bottom, ground zero of batting efforts during the Bracewell era; all against a spin bowling attack that did nothing but put the ball in the right place most of the time".
Vettori batting at eight, top scored with 55* out of 171.
Bangladesh's second bat was a repeat of the first; 4–49 then recovering to 242, Vettori took 4–74.
NZ were left with a target of 317 to win. NZ's top 3 all managed decent contributions this time around but when number 3, Jesse Ryder (38) fell at 145 just before stumps on the fourth day, Vettori either sent himself in as nightwatchman, or promoted himself to number 4 because he didn't have faith in middle order. Publicly, it is the former, but many suspect the latter. Vettori added 40 with opener Aaron Redmond (79) and 82 with Daniel Flynn (49). When Vettori finally fell at 298 he had scored 27% of NZ runs, had dismissed 45% of the Bangladeshis, and had saved NZ from an embarrassing defeat.
NZ's target of 317 was the second highest score NZ had chased to win a test. The highest score of 324/5 is against Pakistan, on a tour which included an ODI that Pakistan deliberately underperformed in.
67 v Pakistan at Dunedin 2009/10 NZ won by 32 runs
Shane Bond played his first test for 2 years and won the test for NZ with match figures of 8–153. NZ batted first and scored 429 with Martin Guptill getting 60, Ross Taylor 94, Daniel Vettori 99 and Brendon McCullum 78. Despite being 34 years old, Bond bowled as fast as ever and with a devastating second spell reduced Pakistan to 85–5. Pakistan eventually recovered to 332 and Bond finished with 5–107.
Although Ross Taylor got another fifty, (59) inept batting from NZ in the second innings saw them all out for 153, leaving Pakistan a target of just 251. However, NZ's bowling attack of Bond, Chris Martin, Iain O'Brien and Vettori bowled well enough to make up for the brainless batting of the NZ batsmen in the second innings. Pakistan were all out for 219. Bond took 3–46.
Bond however bowled 48.5 overs in the match, suffered an injury, and was invalided out of the rest of the series. He later retired from test cricket. Bond's contribution to the test side was immense. Of the 18 tests that he played in NZ won 10.
NZ lost the second test of the series and the third was drawn. The test series was drawn 1−-1. O'Brien retired from international cricket at the end of the series.
68 v Bangladesh at Hamilton 2009/10 NZ won by 121 runs
Bangladesh won the toss and sent NZ in to bat. Their boldness seemed to have paid off when they had reduced NZ to 158/5 but then Martin Guptill (189) and Brendan McCullum (185) shared a new 6th wicket record partnership against all countries of 339. NZ declared at 553/7.
NZ bowled poorly and Bangladesh replied with 408.
NZ added another 258 (258/5 dec) to their first innings lead of 145 leaving Bangladesh with a target of 404 to win. Guptill added 56* to his first innings score. Tim McIntosh got 89 and Ross Taylor 51.
NZ bowled better than in the first innings, but not by much, and Bangladesh were dismissed for 282.
Despite the victory the NZ cricket team received scant praise from the NZ press. Mark Richardson writing in The New Zealand Heraldwas typical:
We aren't totally happy, which is a rarity after a Black Caps test victory. But this test was not totally about the result because you simply don't lose to Bangladesh. It's more a case of how well you win.
We did not win in a fashion that would have alleviated any fears we have about the challenge of facing Australia. In fact, we probably have as many, if not more, concerns than before the game.
How are we going to get 20 [Australian] wickets? Wellington and Hamilton in March will be good batting surfaces and, right now, the bowling lacks penetration.
They took all 20 Bangladesh wickets but that was more a result of some awful batting from the tourists than a systematic dismantling from New Zealand.
In the test series that followed, Australia beat NZ 2-nil.
69 v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo 2011/12 NZ won by 34 runs
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat on a lifeless Bulawayo surface. Martin Guptill (109), Ross Taylor (76) in his first Test as captain, and Dean Brownlie on debut, left NZ well placed for a big score at 400/5 but NZ lost their last 5 wickets for just 26 more runs.
Zimbabwe were bowled out 113 runs adrift. Chris Martin picked up his 200th test wicket but Vettori was the main destroyer with 5–70, the 20th time he has taken 5-wickets in an innings.
In New Zealand's second innings Ross Taylor scored 76 for the second time in the match and Kane Williamson got 68. NZ declared at 252/8 setting Zimbabwe a target of 366 in 114 overs.
Zimbabwe lost 2 wickets in the final session on the 4th day but were well placed at 265/3 at tea on the 5th day. However they collapsed dramatically against Daniel Vettori and Doug Bracewell and lost 7 wickets for 66 runs. Doug Bracewell, son of Brendon Bracewell and nephew of John Bracewell, with 5–85 became the seventh New Zealander to pick up a five-wicket bag on test debut. However Vettori picked up the man of the match award for his all round performance − 40 & 31 with the bat and 5–70 & 3–71 with the ball.
70 v Australia at Hobart 2011/12 NZ won by 7 runs
Australia won the toss and put NZ in on a green pitch in Hobart and bowled NZ out for 150 with Dean Brownlie, playing in only his third match, top scoring with 56.
Australia fared even worse in their turn at bat scoring only 136. Thirty-seven-year-old Chris Martin got the first three batsman (3–46). Trent Boult on his debut got 3–29 and Doug Bracewell, also playing in only his third match, took 3–20.
The Hobart pitch was becoming easier to bat on as the game progressed and NZ managed 226 in their second turn at bat. Ross Taylor top scored with 56.
Australia began their chase of 241 very well and were 72 without loss at close of play on the 3rd day. Australia were still well in control at 159–2 then Bracewell changed the game in 2 overs dismissing Ponting (16), Clarke (0) and Hussey (0) and suddenly Australia were looking vulnerable at 159–5. Warner and Haddin added 33 valuable runs but then Tim Southee grabbed 2 wickets in the 54th over. Bracewell took another 2 wickets in the 55th over and Australia were reeling at 199–9. Australia's last pair added 34 runs taking Australia to the brink of victory. When Bracewell finally bowled the number 11, just 7 runs short, the NZers celebrated their first victory in Australia for 26 years. See the last day's highlights here on YouTube.
Bracewell took 6–40 in the second innings, 9–60 in the match and won the game for NZ. However, the Australian public were deciding the man of the match and they overwhelmingly chose Australian opening batsman Warner who carried his bat for 123*. This was the first and last series in which the Australian public chose the man of the match.
71 v Zimbabwe at Napier 2011/12 NZ won by an innings and 301 runs
NZ achieved its largest ever test victory, bettering the victory over Zimbabwe at home in 2005 by seven runs. The entire match was completed in just over two days of playing time.
New Zealand was put in to bat by Zimbabwe and scored 495/7 declared. Martin Guptill (51) and Brendon McCullum (83) laid the foundation with an opening partnership of 124. Ross Taylor scored 122 before retiring hurt and BJ Watling, playing as the wicket keeper for the first time, scored his first century for New Zealand. NZ declared soon after Watling reached his hundred. Only 15 overs were possible on the second day of the match but the weather was perfect for day 3. NZ used the first 18 overs of the day to add another 103 runs and then the same four pace bowlers that ran through Australia in Hobart two months before, bowled Zimbabwe out twice in the same the day.
Chris Martin, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee all took 2 wickets in Zimbabwe's first innings of 51. This was the lowest scored NZ had ever bowled a test team out for.
Zimbabwe followed on and fared a little better, all out for 143. Martin's 6–26 in the innings was his best performance in first class cricket, and was the 10th best bowling performance for NZ. He was named man-of-the match. Martin also moved into third place on the most-wickets-for-New Zealand list, behind Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori and tied with Chris Cairns.
Zimbabwe did not play test cricket from September 2005 to August 2011. This match was their first away match since they started playing test cricket again in August 2011.
72 v Sri Lanka at Colombo 2012/13 NZ won by 167 runs
NZ's victory against Australia in Hobart 12 months had been trumpeted as a harbinger of future success. Instead NZ went into this match having lost five tests in a row. It was New Zealand's first Test win in Sri Lanka since 1998.
NZ won the toss and batted but soon found themselves in the familiar situation of being two down for not very many. However, Kane Williamson (135) and Ross Taylor (142) put on 262 – NZ's sixth highest partnership. Daniel Flynn (53) and the tail provided some more runs and NZ finished with 412. Williamson's 135 was his highest score.
Tim Southee, swinging the new ball beautifully, led the attack and Sri Lanka were 12–3 and then 105–5. Southee snared 4 of the first 5 wickets to fall. As the ball aged the Sri Lankans found batting easier but when Southee and Trent Boult got hold of the second new ball they lost their last 4 wickets for 19 runs. Southee finished with 5–62 and Boult with 4–42. This was Boult's best bowling in an innings.
NZ had a 168 run first-innings lead but a collapse to 75–5 in their second innings set kiwi supporter's hearts a flutter, but then Taylor (74) and Todd Astle (35), on his debut put on 97 runs. NZ declared at 194/9 setting Sri Lanka 363 runs to win.
Southee and Doug Bracewell reduced Sri Lanka to 47–4 at stumps on the fourth day. Sri Lanka's second top order failure of the match left them with only one option – to play for a draw. They limped through to 168/7 before Taylor took the second new ball and Boult and Southee cleaned up the tail in six overs. Sri Lanka were all out for 195.
Taylor scored 216 runs in the match and Williamson 153. Both Southee (8–120) and Boult (7–75) got their best bowling figures in a match. David Leggat writing in The New Zealand Heraldsaid:
Southee, since returning after missing the first test in India in August, has taken 20 wickets in three tests, including a career-best seven for 64 at Bangalore. He is now the country's leading fast-medium bowler... Boult has found his feet at the top level and the ability to bring the ball in late to the righthanders and slide it across makes him a genuine threat.
Taylor was ranked the 8th best batsmen in the world after this match. McCullum was the NZ's next highest ranked batsman at 27th.
Soon after Taylor's match winning performance he was sacked as captain by NZ Cricket. It later emerged that coach Mike Hesson told Taylor that he was going to recommend that Taylor be replaced as captain before the Sri Lankan series had even begun. After his performance in the second test NZ Cricket offered Taylor the test captaincy as a compromise. Taylor refused this offer and also refused to tour South Africa in December 2012 and January 2013.
The reason given for his sacking was his poor winning record over his 13 tests − 4 won, 7 lost, and 2 drawn. In fact, Taylor's record as captain is very similar to Stephen Fleming's and Daniel Vettori's. Fleming won 5 of his first 13 tests and Vettori 4. David Leggat writing in The New Zealand Herald states that the poor winning record is not entirely Taylor's fault and doubts whether installing McCullum as captain will make any difference.
The following table shows that the only batsman adequately performing during his tenure was Ross Taylor himself.
Condemnation of the way NZ Cricket had handled the process was widespread, vociferous and persistent. David Leggat described NZ Cricket's handling of the episode as "disastrous". Mark Geenty called it a "fiasco" and "one of the worst public relations blunders in New Zealand sport". Martin Crowe writing on Cricinfo described NZ Cricket as "arguably the most botched administration in New Zealand sporting history." and said that "Over the last week NZC destroyed the soul of Ross Taylor, easily our best player,". Phil Gifford stated that "Ross Taylor's treatment by New Zealand cricket is a toxic mix of disloyalty, incompetence and callousness." A NZ Herald sports editorial called NZ Cricket a rudderless ship and called on the 8 person NZ board to resign for its treatment of Ross Taylor.
Brendon McCullum became NZ's 28th test captain and faced the prospect of a tour to South Africa, (ranked the number one test side), without NZ's best batsman.
On 13 Dec, New Zealand Cricket Board chairman Chris Moller apologised to "Ross Taylor and his family for the manner in which events have unfolded", but added that "No heads are going to roll". He also announced that special general meeting would be called next year and a new constitution ushered in. Moller also referred to "additional material" the board had considered Dylan Cleaver writing in the NZ Herald said that the current NZ cricket board has effectively disestablished itself. In response Taylor tweeted "I appreciate the apology from NZC today. Keen to put it behind me and looking forward to getting back with the team soon."
In January 2013 the "additional material" Moller had referred to in December 2012 was revealed to be a letter that Shane Bond wrote to the NZC Board in which he stated:
"I believe the coach has been dishonest in his assertion around the miscommunication of the captaincy split with Ross", "it was clear to me that Ross Taylor was to be removed as captain from all three formats" and "by remaining silent I believe I have become complicit in what has occurred, which I believe is the calculated removal of the captain and the subsequent cover-up to save face."
McCullum won his first toss as captain against South Africa and decided to bat on a green top. NZ were dismissed for 45, their 3rd lowest score ever. NZ lost this test by an innings and 27 runs, in 3 days. NZ lost the second test by an even bigger margin – an innings and 193 runs.
In January 2013, NZ was ranked eighth in all three formats. As a result, the International Cricket Council decided that the quality of the Black Caps was so poor that they would give NZ Cricket NZ$2.14 million over the next three years "to help drag [itself] out of the international cricket doldrums." 
73 v West Indies at Wellington 2013/14 NZ won by an innings and 73 runs
Rain saved the West Indies in the first test in Dunedin, when NZ were 33 runs away from victory with 6 wickets left. Some play was lost to rain in this test as well but not enough to prevent NZ winning on the third day of the test. Just as in Dunedin, the West Indies skipper won the toss and had no hesitation in putting New Zealand in on a green pitch. Just as in Dunedin the West Indies bowled poorly and NZ amassed a big first innings score. The openers failed again but Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson (45) put on 88 for the third wicket, Taylor and Brendon McCullum(37) put on 77 for the fourth wicket, and Taylor and Corey Anderson (38) put on 68 for the fifth wicket. Taylor's 129 was his tenth Test hundred and his second century in consecutive tests. He scored 217 in Dunedin. After Taylor departed at 296, BJ Watling and the tail added a further 145 runs.
At the end of day two the West Indies were reasonably well placed at 158/4, chasing NZ's first innings score of 441. However, on they morning of the third day they collapsed to NZ's swing and pace in a further 12.5 overs and were dismissed for 193. Trent Boult took 6 of the last 7 wickets to fall and finished with 6/40.
Following on the West Indies got to 74 without loss but Tim Southee took 3 quick wickets. Boult cleaned up the tail, taking 4–40, giving him 10/80 in the match and the man of the match award. This was his first 10 wicket bag in first class cricket.
This was McCullum's first victory in his eleventh test as captain.
74 v West Indies at Hamilton 2013/14 NZ won by 8 wickets
NZ won the toss and put the West Indies in. They went to lunch comfortably placed at 77/1. After lunch they lost 4 for 9 and slumped to 86/5 on a pitch that was not assisting the seamers to any degree. The West Indies put on 200 for the sixth wicket and were looking good at 286/5 but were eventually bowled out for 367. Tim Southee took 4/79 and Corey Anderson 3/49.
On a pitch taking turn the NZ openers again got starts but failed to go on. Ross Taylor was again involved in good partnerships with the middle order batsmen. He put on 95 with Kane Williamson (58), 36 with McCullum (12), 50 with Anderson (39), and 45 with Watling. When Taylor (131) got out at 306/7 he had again held the New Zealand innings together and had scored his third century in successive tests. New Zealand finished with a small first innings deficit of 17.
With a small first innings lead, and a fine spinner in Sunil Narine to bowl at NZ who had to bat fourth on a pitch taking spin, the West Indies were in the box seat at tea on the third day. However the West Indies were all out for a 103 in a single session. New Zealand's four-man pace attack were relentless with their tight lines and fuller lengths. Trent Boult took the first three West Indies wickets and Tim Southee took three wickets in the last over of the innings to end with 3–12 – his second wicket making him the 12th New Zealand player to capture 100 test wickets. Boult finished with 4–23.
New Zealand had to chase down 122 to win. Kane Williamson scored 56 and Hamish Rutherford 48*.
New Zealand completed their first series victory over a top-eight nation since they beat the same opposition in 2006. Against one of the weakest West Indies side to ever visit New Zealand, the homeside were dominant in all three matches. But for rain in Dunedin they would have won the series 3–0.
Deposed captain Ross Taylor scored three centuries in each of the three tests finishing the series with 495 runs at an average of 247.50. At the end of the series his career average stood at 47.51 which is better than the averages that Martin Crowe (45.36) and Glenn Turner (44.64) finished their careers with. At the end of this series only two New Zealanders had more centuries than Taylor – Martin Crowe (17) and John Wright (12).
All-rounder Corey Anderson, playing in his first home series, took 8 wickets at an average of 18.37 and scored 97 runs at an average of 32.33. Kane Williamson also averaged 53 with the bat. Boult took 20 wickets in the series at an average of 15.40 while Southee grabbed 18 scalps at 18.11
75 v India at Auckland 2013/14 NZ won by 40 runs
On a grassy drop-in pitch at Eden Park, the Indian captain was delighted to win the toss and bowl. Not long after, New Zealand were 30 for 3. Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum responded with aggressive hundreds and added 221 in 51 overs. Williamson scored 113 and McCullum was not out on 143 at the end of day one. NZ was in complete control of the match at 329/4.
The following day McCullum added another 174 runs with the tail and was last out for 224, one short of his highest test score. Corey Anderson scored 77 and New Zealand finished with 503.
Trent Boult took two wickets in the first over of India's innings and Tim Southee bounced out Virat Kohli in the fifth over. India recovered somewhat to end day two on 130/4. On a humid day three morning the New Zealand fast bowlers ripped through India. In 13 overs from Boult and Southee, India could manage only 28 for 2. Once Southee and Boult finished their spells, Neil Wagner maintained the same intensity and picked up three of the last four wickets. The tail could only add 35 runs after Dhoni's dismissal and India were bowled out for 202, 45 minutes before lunch. Both Boult and Southee took 3/38 and Wagner 4/64.
Bizarrely, McCullum did not enforce the follow-on. New Zealand's second innings was a classic example of a Black Caps batting collapse. They were 15/4 at lunch on the third day. Ross Taylor top scored with 41 and the last pair added 25. Nevertheless, the 301-run first innings lead combined with their second innings score of 105 left India with a very challenging target of 407 to win in over two days on a flat wicket. (The highest successful fourth innings target is 418)
The Indian top order kept their team in the chase. After 80 overs India were well placed at 268/5. However, the arrival of the second new ball sealed their fate. Boult took a wicket with the first delivery of the second new ball and Southee with the seventh. India lost their last 5 wickets for 98 runs in 16.3 overs against the second new ball and NZ secured a thrilling 40-run win. The NZ fast bowlers, Southee, Boult, and Wagner took all 20 wickets in the match. Southee, Boult took 3 wickets in each innings and Wagner took 4 wickets in each innings. Neil Wagner's match figures of 8 for 126 were his best in a Test Match. His previous-best was 7 for 116 against Bangladesh in Mirpur last year. McCullum was named the player of the match. David Leggat in The New Zealand Heraldwrote:
Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner have a look about them that suggests they are well down the road to becoming one of New Zealand's better seam groups. Southee and Boult have tended to garner more headlines than the bustling Otago left armer Wagner. But on Sunday, as Wagner charged in during a hostile 10-over spell on a warm afternoon when the test was in the balance, he was outstanding. Seldom can a spell of 10–3–26–2 by a New Zealand bowler have had an impact so far outweighing the bare numbers. He removed Virat Kohli when the Indian champion was sailing along on 67, then produced a snorting lifter to remove centurymaker Shikhar Dhawan to turn the contest at a point where India were in cruise mode. 
Jesse Ryder who had made a return to playing limited overs cricket for NZ was named as 12th man. The night before the test started he was out drinking until the wee hours with the 13th man, Doug Bracewell . Even though they did not make the team they sure made the headlines and the NZ cricket team were reportedly livid that their misbehaviour gained more attention that their stunning victory.
Despite most of the batsmen performing adequately (see table below) during McCullum's first 13 tests, he actually won fewer tests than Ross Taylor – Taylor won 4 tests out of 13 and McCullum 3 out of 13.
MCCullum record as captain in his first 14 tests is as follows:
- lost 2 in South Africa
- drew 3 against England in NZ
- lost 2 in England
- drew 2 in Bangladesh
- drew 1, Won 2 against West Indies in NZ
- Won 1, drew 1 against India in NZ
It took 11 tests for McCullum to notch up his first win – against one of the weakest West Indies sides to ever tour New Zealand.
In the second test of the series McCullum scored the first test triple century by a NZer (302). James Neesham scored 137* on his test debut and NZ's second innings score was their highest ever – 680/8 declared. The test was drawn and NZ won the series 1–0.
McCullum's triple century capped off the best home summer in a generation. NZ won 3 tests and drew 2. McCullum silenced his many critics and was granted the keys to Wellington. Deposed captain Ross Taylor describe his innings as "greatest innings ever played by a Black Cap". The star performers of the summer were Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner. David Leggatt in the NZ Herald wrote "Runs and wickets galore, wins in all forms of the game over two big-name opponents...It's certainly a great time to be a Kiwi fan". In the five tests, Taylor averaged 134.75, McCullum 88.25 and Williamson 47.73. Boult took 30 wickets at 19.2; Southee 29 at 20.27; and Wagner 19 at 33.3.
76 v West Indies at Kingston 2014 NZ won by 186 runs
77 v West Indies at Bridgetown 2014 NZ won by 53 runs
78 v Pakistan at Sharjah 2014/15 NZ won by an innings and 80 runs
The cricketer with the most influence over this game was not even playing. On 25 November 2014, Phillip Hughes was knocked unconscious by a bouncer, during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
On 26 November, Pakistan won toss, chose to bat on a flat track and reached 281/3. The following day Hughes died and the New Zealand team considered forfeiting the match. However, in the end the teams decided to suspend the test for one day.
After the test resumed on 27 November, Pakistan collapsed to be all out for 351. The Pakistani captain said
"... after [Hughes death] it was really difficult to concentrate. It was very difficult for the batsmen to carry on when we came out on the third day. It created difficulties for us." Mark Craig, the NZ offspinner, ran through the bottom half of Pakistan's batting to register a career-best haul of 7 for 94.
Craig said that his mind was not on the game. " [I] didn't really think, to be honest. It was hard playing and we boys tried to stick together," Craig said. "Just not thinking about bowling and letting the ball go was a big help."
The New Zealanders did not celebrate the fall of each Pakistan wicket with the usual whooping and high-fives.
When New Zealand batted, Brendon McCullum (202) and Kane Williamson (192) appeared to have no difficulty concentrating and they put on 297 – the highest ever partnership for the second wicket. Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Mark Craig, and Tim Southee also scored fifties and NZ amassed 690 – the highest innings total for NZ.
Pakistan had to score 339 just to make NZ bat again or bat for five-and-a-half sessions to save the Test. They managed neither. Trent Boult dismissed the first 3 batsmen and Pakistan were reeling at 24 for 3. Mark Craig snared two more and Pakistan were 63 for 5. Pakistan were eventually dismissed for 259. Boult took 4 for 38. Craig got 3 more wickets to give him match figures of 10 for 203.
The match was littered with records and personal milestones:
- 690 was NZ' highest innings total.
- It was the first time six NZ batsmen had scored over 50 in an innings.
- McCullum and Williamson's 297-run partnership is NZ's highest for the second wicket.
- McCullum's reached 50 in 30 balls – the second fastest 50 in NZ test history.
- McCullum's reached 100 in 78 balls – the fastest century in NZ test history.
- McCullum had scored two double centuries and a triple century in a calendar year.
- Williamson's 192 was his highest test score
- Williamson's 8th test century was the most by any New Zealander at age 24.
- Craig is the fifth New Zealander to score a fifty and take 10 wickets in a match. He was also named man of the match
However, the shadow of Phillip Hughes' death loomed throughout the Test with players from both teams hardly showing emotions on personal achievements. Vettori summed up the mood: "We felt like he was one of us and we mourned him as a team-mate."
Vettori was playing in his first test match since July 2012. He was asked to play at the last minute as NZ wanted to play 3 spinners. He agreed on the proviso that his work load would be small.
This turned out to be Vettori's last test. He played 113 tests, scored 4531 runs and took 362 wickets.
Dylan Cleaver and David Leggat in the NZ herald rated this win one of NZ's five best overseas victories and discussed whether the current teams was one of NZ's best ever sides.
79 v Sri Lanka at Christchurch 2014/15 NZ won by 8 wickets
Test cricket returned to Christchurch after an eight-year absence at a new venue – Hagley Park. Lancaster Park was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
Sri Lanka won the toss and inserted NZ on a green wicket. However, they bowled poorly and took 19 overs to reduce New Zealand to 88 for 3. The fall of Ross Taylor's wicket bought Brendon McCullum to the crease and he nearly scored the fastest double century in test history. He smashed 195 off 134 balls. He added 126 with Kane Williamson (54) who only contributed 20 runs to this partnership. Jimmy Neesham also scored 85 off 80 balls and helped NZ score 427 runs on the first day of this test match off only 80.3 overs – the second-highest they have ever made in a day's Test cricket.
Sri Lanka were unable to cope with the swing and seam of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Boult dismissed the first 3 batsmen and Sri Lanka were in deep trouble 15 for 3. Boult eventually finished with 3 for 25 and Neil Wagner 3 for 60.
McCullum enforced the follow-on but the NZ bowlers were unable to repeat their first innings performance, and took 154 overs to bowl the Sri Lankans out for 407. Boult took 4 for 100 and Southee 4 for 91.
New Zealand needed to score only 107 to win and did so with the loss of 2 wickets.
This was New Zealand's fifth win of 2014 – their most ever in a calendar year. New Zealand played 9 – Won 5, lost 2 and drew 2. McCullum and Williamson were the stars with the bat. In 2014, McCullum scored two double centuries, a triple century and 195. Southee & Boult were the stars with the ball and after this match Russel Arnold described them as the best new-ball pair around. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/814775.html
Ross Taylor had a quiet year but was still ranked as the eleventh best batsmen in the world. (ICC rankings) McCullum was 12th and Williamson was 13th. Boult was ranked the 7th best bowler and Southee the 9th. Other players also made valuable contributions as the 2 tables below show:
Most test runs in 2014.
Most test wickets in 2014.
80 v Sri Lanka at Wellington 2014/15 NZ won by 193 runs
Doug Bracewell came into the side for Neil Wagner to take advantage of the green pitch. However the Sri Lankans won the toss for the second time in a row and sent NZ in to bat. The pitch did not seem as difficult as expected and NZ was untroubled reaching 141 for 2 in 32 overs. The Sri Lankans bowled more economically and NZ lost 8 wickets for 80 runs playing ambitious shots. Kane Williamson (69) top-scored in NZ's 221.
The New Zealand bowlers found swing straightaway and at the end of day 1 Sri Lanka were in deep trouble at 78 for 5. On day 2, Kumar Sangakkara (33 not out overnight) not only survived the NZ swing bowling, he scored 203 and added a further 278 with the last 5 batsmen and gave Sri Lanka a 135-run first innings lead.
NZ lost 4 wickets wiping of the deficit and when Nesham fell, NZ were only 25 ahead with 5 wickets left. However the wicket was now a good batting strip and Kane Williamson and BJ Watling batted slowly and carefully to see NZ through to 253 for 5 and the end of day 3.
On Day 4, Williamson and Watling batted on and when Brendon McCullum finally declared on 524 for 5 they held the record for all countries for the highest sixth wicket partnership – 365 unbroken.
Statistical highlights include:
- Williamson's 242* was his highest test score.
- Watling's 142* was his highest test score.
- Watling broke his own partnership record – the previous record of 352 (scored with McCullum) was less than a year old. A bronze plaque commemorating the old record had been set in concrete at the Basin Reserve just three days earlier.
- The partnershipis was New Zealand's third highest for any wicket.
McCullum's declaration set Sri Lankan a target of 390 to win in 107 overs. Even though the pitch was still easy for batting Sri Lanka were all out for 196. Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell did the early damage before Mark Craig (4–53) ran through the tail to complete one of New Zealand's most remarkable Test wins. Only once before had New Zealand they had recovered from a first innings deficit of more than 100 to win a game. The only other example was victory number 32 against Pakistan in 1994 and it is possible Pakistan threw this match.
If Sri Lanka's fielding had been better the result could have been very different. Williamson was dropped on 29, 60 and 104.
Williamson's average at the end of this test was 45.95, higher than Martin Crowe's final average of 45.36 and higher than Ross Taylor's current average of 45.40. He also took the fewest innings of any New Zealander to reach 3000 runs (71-two fewer than Crowe). After this match, Crowe said of Williamson: "[We're] seeing the dawn of probably our greatest-ever batsman." McCullum echoed the sentiment : "It's hard to put this on his shoulders while the guy is so young, but I firmly believe Kane could go down as New Zealand's greatest ever batter," After this match Willimson was ranked the sixth best batsman in the world by the Reliance ICC Test Championship Batting Rankings.
81 v England at Leeds 2015 NZ won by 199 runs
NZ had lost the first test of the series, and they decided that playing aggressively was the best way to win. England won the toss and put NZ in and soon had them 68–3. While Tom Latham compiled a careful 84, the middle order and lower order scored at better than a run a ball. Luke Ronchi on his debut aged 34 scored 88 off 70 balls. The final total of 350 was scored at 4.84 runs per over. Ronchi, the reserve keeper, was only playing because Watling's knee was too sore for him to keep wicket.
England's openers responded with a first wicket stand of 177 and threatened to take the game away from NZ. However Tim Southee and Trent Boult got NZ back in the game by destroying England's middle order. They took 7 for 90. Runs from Englands's last 3 batsmen enabled them to match NZ's first innings score of 350. Southee took 4 – 83.
With the weather forecast poor for the remainder of the match NZ again sought quick runs in the second innings but lost two quick wickets. This did not slow down the scoring rate however and Martin Guptill 70 and Ross Taylor 48 both scored at a run a ball. Brendon McCullum scored a relatively slow 55 but BJ Watling who scored his fifth test century put on quick runs with the lower middle order. Ronchi 31, Mark Craig 58* Southee 40, and Matt Henry 12 all scored at a brisk pace. NZ scored 190 runs in the last 30 overs of the innings. When Watling fell at 368 the slog began. Craig, Southee and Henry added 88 runs in 8 overs. McCullum declared at 454/8 off 91 overs. The run rate was 4.98.
Much of the fourth day was lost to rain so the rate at which NZ batted was crucial to giving them enough time to bowl England out. England was 44 with out loss at the end of day 4. Overnight some of the English players talked up their chances of chasing down what would be a record target of 454 to win. However, in the first 15 overs of day 5 England scored 18 runs and lost 4 wickets. Boult got 2 and Craig got 2 in one over. At 62 for 4 England were battling for a draw. Kane Williamson later picked up 3 wickets with his part-time spin and England were all out with 20 overs still left in the day.
Starting with Bangladesh series in October 2013 this was seventh unbeaten series, most by any New Zealand side. During the game, Hesson and McCullum were awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for NZ's wonderful performance in the Cricket World Cup – NZ lost to Australia in the final.
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82 v Sri Lanka at Dunedin 2015/16 NZ won by 122 runs
New Zealand were in control of this match from start to finish. The Sri Lankan captain won the toss but put NZ in to bat to protect his inexperienced batsmen from the potent swing of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Even so, Sri Lanka did not take a wicket until the 16th over. OpenerMartin Guptill (156) and Kane Williamson (88) then put on 173 for the second wicket. Brendon McCullum then smashed 75 runs off 57 balls and Doug Bracewell a more sedate 47 off 59 balls. NZ scored 409/8 on the first day and were finally all out for 431. The run rate was 4.48 per over.
On a good pitch Sri Lanka could only score at 2.5 runs per over. They crawled to 197/4 at the close of day two. On the moring of day three NZ picked up the final 6 wickets for 97 runs. Sri Lanka were eventually dismissed for 294 in 117.1 overs, conceding a first-innings lead of 137. Southee had the best bowling figures of 3/71.
In the third innings it was the other openers turn to score a century. Tom Latham put on 79 with Guptil and then 141 with Williamson (71). During this innings Williamson scored his thousandth run in 2015. Latham's 109* was his third test century. With one eye on the weather McCullum declared before lunch on Day 4. NZ's 267/3, at 4.06 per over, set Sri Lanka a target of 405.
Sri Lanka limped to 109/3 off 50 overs at the end of a rain interrupted day 4. Day 5 dawned sunny. However, on a good batting pitch NZ found wickets hard to come by. Throughout the match Boult and Southee bowled mostly a full-length looking for swing. Neil Wagner however often targeted the batsmens ribs, hustling them with pace, forcing hurried evasive actions and awkward fends off the body. Wagner offered something different on a flat pitch and broke stubborn partnerships. NZ bowled Sri Lanka out for 282 ten overs after lunch on day 5. Sri Lanka batted for 40 more overs than NZ in the match but their much slower run rate meant they scored 122 runs fewer.
At the end of the match Kane Williamson was ranked the third best batsman in the world by the ICC player rankings.
83 v Sri Lanka at Hamilton 2015/16 NZ won by 5 wickets
Brendon McCullum won the toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat on a pitch so green the Sri Lankan coach claimed it had been "doctored" and had 18mm of grass on it. However, there was not much swing and seam on offer and Tim Southee didn't get the first wicket until the 13th over. Sri Lanka were 259 for 4 at one stage but NZ picked up the last 6 wickets for 33 runs. 292 turned out to be the highest innings of the match. Tim Southee was the best bowler taking 3 for 63.
Sri Lanka's bowlers could not find much swing or seam either and NZ openers put on 81 for the first wicket. Martin Guptill made 50. Sri Lanka tried bowling bouncers and like moths to a flame the NZ top and middle order hooked, pulled and slogged their way back to the dressing room. Kane Williamson's hook shot to a ball over his head and outside off stump was one of the worst of the lot. NZ was 89 for 4 and then 128 for 5. The lower order managed the short ball better but most eventually fell to bouncers and NZ were all out for 237 conceding a first innings lead of 55.
The NZ bowlers began by bowling outside off stump looking for swing and seam. The Sri Lankan openers put on 71 runs before the NZ bowlers gave up and started bowling bouncers. The quickening pitch did not have had much seam but there was plenty of bounce. McCullum set fields reminiscent of the bodyline series in the 1930s and the Sri Lankan batsmen obliged by hooking and pulling into the traps set and in a barely believable collapse lost 10 wickets for 62 runs. Southee took 4 for 26 and Neil Wagner 3 for 40.
NZ was set 189 to win. Sri Lanka starting bowling bouncers right from the outset. Opener Tom Latham got hit on the head and then hooked the ball down square leg for 4. The other opener Martin Guptill fended a good short ball to leg slip. Willamson and Taylor (35) added 67 before Taylor hooked a bouncer to fine leg. Williamson and Brendon "That's-just-the-way-I-play" McCullum (18) added 52 before McCullum slogged a short ball straight up in the air. Williamson and Mitchell Santner (4) added 12 before Satner edged a good short ball to the keeper. At the end of day three NZ was 142 for 5, Williamson was on 78* and BJ Watling on 0*.
On Day 4, Williamson farmed the strike and got to his 13th test century before Watling got off the mark. Williamson added 42 with Watling and carried NZ to a 5 wicket victory. Unlike most of the other batsmen in the match Williamson learned from his first innings mistake, and was able to resist hooking or pulling anything above shoulder height. He scored an unbeaten 108, and won the match for New Zealand.
At the end of the match Williamson:
- had scored 1172 runs in the calendar year – more than any other New Zealander ( average 90.15)
- had scored 5 centuries in a calendar year – more than any other New Zealander.
- increased his test average to 49.93.
- scored the second most centuries by any New Zealander (13)
- was ranked the number one test batsmen in the world by the ICC.
New Zealand equalled its longest unbeaten sequence of tests at home: 13.
After the match McCullum announced that the following two tests against Australia in February 2016 would be his last.
In April 2016 Wisden named Williamson as the leading cricketer in the world for 2015.
84 v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo 2016 NZ won by an innings and 117 runs
Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat on a tame surface. Although Southee swung the ball he was only able to pick up one early wicket. Boult was unable to find much movement in the air at all. Wagner employed a short-ball strategy and the hosts fell from 35 for 1 to 36 for 4, and then, in the post-lunch session, lost four wickets with the score on 72. Wagner eventually took his career-best in an innings of 6 for 41. Zimbabwe were only saved from being dismissed for the lowest first-innings score in Bulawayo by their tail. At one stage they were 72 for 8 but they scored 164.
The NZ openers put on 79 with easy before Guptill was out for 40. Latham (105) and Williamson (91) put on 156 for the second wicket and carried NZ well past the Zimbabwe first innings score with just one wicket down. Taylor (173*) and Watling (107) put on 253 for the sixth wicket. Williamson, in his first test as captain, declared when Watling fell at 576 for 6. Zimbabwe had not played a test match for 20 months and their bowlers were no match for a strong New Zealand batting line up.
Zimbabwe were chasing 412 to avoid an innings defeat. After 4 overs Boult and Southee had reduced them to 17 for 4. Wagner bounced one more out and later they were 85 for 6 and staring at another mediocre score. However, the last 5 wickets scored 209 runs. The second innings total of 295 was a vast improvement over the first innings but Zimbabwe were comprehensively out played by a strong New Zealand team.
85 v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo 2016 NZ won by 254 runs
The second test of the series was also played in Bulawayo not in the capital Harare. There was no tests in Harare for the Kiwis on this tour because Harare was the epicentre of a nationwide strikes to protest the lack of jobs, unpaid wages of public servants and general economic mismanagement by the Mugabe regime.
The protesters also came to Bulawayo. At the start of the 36th over some of the spectators stood up and sang the national anthem and waived the Zimbabwean flag. The 36 refers to the number of years Mugabe had been in to power. The mismanagement of Zimbabwean cricket along with everything else in Zimbabwe left their cricket team weak and open to slaughter.
The entire Zimbabwe team had only 43 caps. 8 NZ players had played more than 20 tests. Williamson and Southee's were playing in their 50th test and Ross Taylor in his 71st.
When the protesters started waiving their flags at the start of the 36th over, NZ who had won the toss and chose to bat first were 120 for none. At the end of day 1, NZ were 329 for 2. Guptill scored 87 and Latham 136. NZ declared at 582 for 4. Williamson scored 113, Taylor 124* and Watling 83*. When Zimbabwe had their turn on a flat track they replied with 362, Sodhi taking 4 for 60 – his best bowling in an innings.
Williamson chose not to enforce the follow on. Instead the New Zealanders sought quick runs. Unfortunately, they lost both openers trying to force the pace. However, Williamson (68*) and Taylor (67*) were able to prosper and NZ scored 166 for 2 off 36 overs. Williamson's declaration set Zimbabwe a target of 387 to win.
In their run chase, Zimbabwe was a victim of some truly terrible umpiring with 4 poor decisions in their total of 132. Sodhi got 3 for 19, and Guptill with his part-time off spin 3 for 11 – his best bowling in an innings.
New Zealand's victory by 254 runs was their biggest in terms of runs. Over the two tests Ross Taylor scored 364 runs without being dismissed and improved his career batting average to 48.66. Williamson averaged 136 in 2 tests and improved his career average to 51.29. Latham, Watling and Guptill also improved their batting averages, and Wagner, Boult, Sodhi and Santner improved their bowling averages
86 v Pakistan at Christchurch 2016/17 NZ won by 8 wickets
Pakistan's came to NZ as the number two test side in the world. However, they had to face not only the Black Caps but the elements too. Their warm-up game in Nelson was abandoned without a ball being bowled and the 7.8 magnitude 2016 Kaikoura earthquake at two minutes after midnight on 14 November left some members of Pakistani team so afraid to return to their hotel room that they preferred to sleep in the hotel lobby. After arriving in Christchurch not only were they greeted with hundreds of aftershocks but with spring weather and a Hagley oval green-top.
NZ had two new debutants, Colin de Grandhomme and Jeet Raval. After the first day had been rained off Williamson won the toss and put the Pakistanis in. Pakistan survived the first hour against Boult and Southee but after de Grandhomme, bowling first change, removed Azhar Ali, the floodgates opened. De Grandhomme's slower pace but greater accuracy made his swing and seam more dangerous than Boult and Southee. De Grandhomme's 6 for 41 was the best performance by a NZ debutant. Pakistan scored 133.
There was still plenty of life in the pitch when NZ batted, but the other debutant Jeet Raval look at ease while his while his partners struggled. De Grandhomme scored a quickfire 29 and the last 5 NZ batsmen scored 64. By contrast the last 5 Pakistani batsmen scored just 23 runs. Raval scored 55 out of 200.
NZ's 67 run first innings lead was invaluable as Pakistan lost 3 wickets knocking it off. The first 3 Pakistan batsman managed to bat for 40 overs but scored at only 1.45 runs per over. Eventually Wagner bowled a barrage of short balls aimed at the ribs and took 2 for 9 off 11 overs. Wagner got his 100th wicket in his 26th test. Only Hadlee reached this mark faster for NZ (in his 25th test). Boult and Southee then finished the Pakistanis off. Boult got 3/37, Southee 3/54 and Wagner 3/34.
Kane Williamson described his teams bowling in Pakistan's second innings as the "decisive period". He also said:
"We were hoping for some movement off the surface and Pakistan showed a lot of resistance – especially early – and were very patient. But the way that four seamers got into spells and held their areas for long periods at a time, it was world-class. They passed it over for the next bloke to take up the baton, and it was a huge effort being patient and getting the rewards later on in the day yesterday. We didn't get the ball to do a huge amount in the second innings, but we held our lines and our lengths really consistently for a long period of time. It was really important to make that adjustment quickly and not get too greedy and overpitch, because in the first innings you did need to bowl fuller to get those rewards."
Apart from Latham going early, NZ had no trouble scoring the required 105 runs for victory. Williamson scored 61 and fittingly Raval (36*) hit the winning runs. Colin de Grandhomme was the player of the match.
87 v Pakistan at Hamilton 2016/17 NZ won by 138 runs
After viewing the green pitch in Hamilton, Pakistan picked an all-seam attack and as luck would have it won the toss. The Pakistani bowlers were not as accurate as the conditions demanded and wasted their opportunity to run through NZ. Rain saw that only 21 overs were possible on day 1 and NZ got to 77/2. On day 2 NZ lost 3 early wickets and were 119 for 5. Raval in his second test scored 55. The lower rallied around Watling (49*) and NZ's total of 271 was a good return on a green pitch.
When Pakistan batted, Tim Southee on his home ground bowled much fuller and in reduced Pakistan to 12 for 3 in 9 overs. Wagner later got two wickets in two balls and Pakistan were 51 for 5. Rain allowed only 38 overs of play on day 3. Southee got another three wickets and finished with 6/80 and Wagner 3/59. Trent Boult could not play in this test due to injury. Pakistan scored 216.
By day 4, the pitch had flattened out considerably, and was offering much less seam movement. The sun was out and NZ piled on the runs. NZ's run rate accelerated through the day. Latham (80) and Williamson (42) scored slowly but set a foundation for the middle order. Taylor (102*) scored his 16th test hundred off 134 balls and Colin de Grandhomme scored 32 off 21 balls. NZ declared at 313/5 and set Pakistan a target of 369 on day 5.
At lunch on day 5, Pakistan were 76 for none. At tea Pakistan were 158 for 1. They need 211 off at least 34 overs with 9 wickets left (a run rate of 6.2) At the fall of the second wicket Pakistan promoted their hard-hitting keeper to number four in an effort to get the target. However he ran himself out at for 19. At 199 for 4, Pakistan appeared to shut up shop. At this stage there were around 24 overs left for Pakistan to survive. However they collapsed in dramatic fashion. They lost their 5th wicket with 20 overs left, their 6th wicket with 17 overs left and their 7th wicket with 12 overs left in the match. Wagner took the 8th and 9th wickets with 11 overs left and then he took the last wicket with 9 overs left. Pakistan had collapsed from a seemingly impregnable 158 for 1 at tea to 230 all out in 25.1 overs. They lost 9 wicket for 72 runs in the last session of the match. Wagner finished with 3 for 57.
Southee was named Man of the Match.
In their debut series, opener Raval scored 2 fifties and finished with a test average of 49.33. All-rounder de Grandhomme averaged 32.66 with the bat, and took 9 wickets at an average of 12.22.
NZ won the 2 test series 2–0. NZ had last beaten Pakistan in a series in 1985 – 32 years ago. In between, NZ had lost 7 series and drawn 5.
88 v Bangladesh at Wellington 2016/17 NZ won by 7 wickets
In the lead up to this rain-affected test, it was felt that the visiting Bangladesh side would be caught off-guard by the conditions, given their poor record outside of the subcontinent. However, after Williamson won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to bat on a green-looking surface, the New Zealand bowlers showed a general lack of discipline throughout the innings. Boult was particularly expensive, and struggled to find any sideways movement through the air or off the pitch. Despite losing nearly 50 overs on the first day to rain, Bangladesh managed to post a mammoth 595/8 in their first innings, with Boult (2/131), Southee (2/158) and Wagner (4/151) all conceding over 100 runs.
New Zealand fought back with the bat to reach 539. Many batsmen in the lineup made promising starts but failed to capitalise on the now batting-friendly wicket, with only Latham (177) being able to press on and make a large total. Latham's century was his sixth in Test cricket, the third-most by any New Zealand opener after John Wright (12) and Glenn Turner (7), and wrestled some of the initiative away from Bangladesh. Bowling all-rounder Santner also produced a career-best 73 to help reduce New Zealand's first innings deficit to 56. Having held the advantage for much of the Test, Bangladesh suddenly crumbled, being dismissed for only 160 seven overs before lunch on the final day. New Zealand's second innings bowling effort was an improvement on the first but much of Bangladesh's dismal showing could be attributed to a lack of application and poor shot selection from the batsmen. The Bangladeshi cause was also not helped when the captain Mushfiqur Rahim had to be stretchered off the ground, having received a sickening blow to the back of the head. New Zealand briskly chased down the 217 runs required for the loss of three wickets, with Williamson (104*) reaching his 15th Test century off just 89 deliveries - the fourth-fastest in the final innings of a test - and adding 163 for the third wicket with Taylor (60), their eighth hundred partnership in Tests.
Bangladesh's first innings total was the highest in a losing cause, and New Zealand's overall fourth innings run rate of 5.47 was the third-highest in Test history.
89 v Bangladesh at Christchurch 2016/17 NZ won by 9 wickets
For the second time in the series, Bangladesh imploded in the second innings after holding their own in the first, handing New Zealand a 9-wicket victory. Williamson once again called correctly and sent an injury-ravaged Bangladesh side in to bat. It looked to be a dubious decision after Bangladesh were sitting fairly comfortably at 165/2 after 35 overs. However, Southee (5/94) and Boult (4/87) were able to rally after breaking the third wicket partnership, eventually restricting Bangladesh to 289. The innings may well have been wrapped up even more swiftly had New Zealand held on to more of their catches, and Williamson's tactic of bombarding the lower order with short deliveries rather than bowling length and looking for swing may have further extended Bangladesh's innings. Southee's 5-wicket haul was his sixth in Test cricket.
New Zealand responded with an adequate, but not remarkable, total of 354. Middle order batsman Nicholls (98) fell just two runs short of a century, dragging a wide ball back onto his stumps. Latham (68) and Taylor (77) also made starts but gave away their wickets on a relatively placid Hagley Park surface. Useful contributions were also made by Santner (29) and Wagner (26), with the latter being run out in bizarre circumstances. Having charged back for a second run, Wagner crossed the crease at the bowler's end but did not ground his bat. As both feet were in the air at the time the bails were removed, the batsman was deemed not to have made his ground and was given as run out by the third umpire. This run out ended New Zealand's first innings, giving them a lead of 65.
With the situation in the Test relatively poised, Bangladesh was in a reasonable position to draw the match or even set up a moderately difficult chase given New Zealand had to bat last. By tea on the fourth day, however, they had been reduced to 100/5 - effectively 35/5 - and were able to register just 173 in total, with Boult (3/52), Southee (3/48) and Wagner (3/44) all among the wickets. New Zealand were able to chase down the 109 runs required with minimal incident, with Latham (41*) and the promoted de Grandhomme (33*) seeing them home that evening. The victory also sealed a 2-0 whitewash for the series, and continued a strong run at home for the Blackcaps.
90 v West Indies at Wellington 2017/18 NZ won by an innings and 67 runs
The visiting West Indies side came into this Test match off the back of a spectacular victory at Lord's, and confidence was high that they would provide some stiff opposition to the home side. In the end, they were beaten comprehensively despite being in a solid position for parts of the match.
Williamson won the toss and had no hesitation in sending the visitors in to bat on a pitch which looked as green as the turf surrounding it. However, within the first few overs it was apparent that there was little sideways movement on offer for either of the opening bowlers. Boult and Henry bowled relatively tidy spells but were unable to make breakthroughs on a surface which was offering little or no assistance in spite of its green appearance. The West Indies top order experienced little difficulty in the first session of the Test and moved the score on to 79/1 just before lunch. Sensing that the original plan was not working, the New Zealand skipper changed tack and opted to bring on Wagner, dropping back square leg and bringing a catching short-leg into place. The change in tactics had almost immediate effect; a devastating short-ball barrage from the left-armer ripped through the West Indies lineup to leave them dismissed for just 134 shortly before tea on the first day. Wagner ended up with career-best figures of 7/39 and his 5th 5 wicket haul in Test cricket.
The New Zealand innings began promisingly enough, with a 65-run opening stand between Latham (37) and Raval (42) and a solid fourth wicket partnership of 127 between Taylor (97) and Nicholls (67). However, after Taylor fell seven runs short of his century the middle order was dismissed in relatively quick succession, leaving the New Zealand innings stalling somewhat at 281/6. Debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell joined de Grandhomme (105) at the crease and the pair added 148 for the seventh wicket, the highest NZ seventh-wicket partnership against the West Indies. Blundell resumed his innings at the beginning of the 3rd day on 58*, with New Zealand 9 wickets down. Despite this, the No. 11 Boult was able to see Blundell (107*) through to his unbeaten maiden test century. It was the first time in Test history that a NZ wicketkeeper had made a hundred on debut. When Williamson eventually declared, New Zealand had made their way to 520/9 and were in a commanding position. An innings defeat seemed inevitable.
However, the West Indies showed much more resistance in their second innings, and were able to play the short ball of Wagner much more effectively than in the first. Steady batting from the top order saw them through to 217/2 at the end of the third day, still 172 runs in arrears but in a decent position to avoid the innings defeat with Boult, Henry and Wagner struggling in the batting-friendly conditions. When Santner broke through to remove the opener Brathwaite for 91, the West Indies resistance began to crumble. The final 7 wickets fell for just 62 runs, leaving the West Indies 67 short of making New Zealand bat again.
91 v West Indies at Hamilton 2017/18 NZ won by 240 runs
The West Indies were dealt a blow before the match had even begun. In the wake of extremely slow over rates and late finishes during the first test, as well as similar offences in previous tours, the Windies skipper Jason Holder was handed a one match suspension by the ICC. For the first time in the series, West Indies won the toss and elected to field first on what appeared to be a fairly benign Seddon Park surface. The pitch indeed appeared to be offering little movement for the bowlers and New Zealand seemed to be cruising at 156/1. However, after Williamson (43) gloved a delivery down the legside to the keeper, the West Indies were able to make inroads into the middle order. Raval (84) was batting steadily but wickets continued to fall at the other end, and the Kiwis were now struggling somewhat at 189/5. A fast fifty from de Grandhomme (58) was able to wrest some initiative back towards New Zealand, but when he fell shortly before the close of the first day the batting effort looked destined for a middling score. The tail did not fall cheaply, however, and an excellent 10th-wicket stand of 61 between Southee (31) and Boult (37*) frustrated the West Indies bowlers, who eventually dismissed New Zealand for 373.
The West Indies' response struggled to find any momentum, and despite some resistance from the tail they were able to muster only 221 in their first innings. Boult (4/73) bowled well, but was given a fair deal of assistance by the West Indies batsmen, particularly Sunil Ambris. Ambris, who stood on his stumps for the second time in three innings, had been dismissed first ball in a similar fashion on debut. With the benefit of a 152-run lead the New Zealanders made a confident start to their second innings. Williamson (54) made his way to an effortless half-century before being undone by an inswinging yorker. However, New Zealand's middle order woes continued, and they were largely carried through to 291/8 thanks to Taylor's 17th Test century (107*). This effort drew him level with both Williamson and his former mentor, the late Martin Crowe, and Taylor was noticeably emotional after the innings.
West Indies never looked remotely in contention to chase down the 444 runs required at any point during their innings. Boult (2/52) and Southee (2/71) bowled well at the outset to remove the top order. Aggressive short-pitched bowling from Wagner (3/42) battered and bruised the middle order, and Santner (2/13) chimed in to remove the tail, granting New Zealand a comfortable 240 run win and another 2–0 home series whitewash. Ambris' misfortunes continued as he was forced to retire hurt with a broken arm after being struck by another bouncer from Wagner.
92 v England at Auckland 2017/18 NZ won by an innings and 49 runs
In the first day/night pink ball test in NZ, Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl. Led by Trent Boult who took 6 for 32, NZ produced one of the best days of test cricket in NZ's history. Boult and Southee (4/25) bowling unchanged dismissed England for 58.
Boult and Southee coaxed plenty of swing and movement out of the pink ball and at one stage had reduced England to 8 for 23. NZ fans were hoping England might be dismissed for less than the record 26. However England's number nine top scored with 33* and England were all out for 58.
This was their sixth-lowest total in any Test match. Their previous lowest total against New Zealand was 64 in Wellington in 1977–78.
Looking to pressing home the advantage, NZ batted responsibly but slowly. Jeet Raval scored 3 off 23 balls, Tom Latham 26 off 112, Ross Taylor 20 off 35, Henry Nicholls 24* off 67 and Kane Williamson 91* off 177. At the end of Day 1 NZ had scored 175 for the loss of 3 wickets meaning they were 119 ahead on the first innings with 7 wickets left. Only 26 overs were possible on the second and third days of the test. Williamson scored his 18th test century (102). This was a record for NZ, Ross Taylor and Martin Crowe both scored 17 centuries. Day 4 was fine and Nicholls scored his second test century (145*) and NZ declared at 427 for 8.
NZ's declaration halfway through day four gave them about 140 overs to bowl England out. At the end of Day 4, England were 132 for 3, and Boult had 2 of those. On Day 5 the pitch was still playing well and most of England's batsmen got a start. Wagner (3 for 77) bounced out 3 batsmen, Boult took 3 for 67, and Todd Astle playing in his third test took 3 for 39. Boult was named man of the match for his match figures of 9 for 99. This was the 50 test match at Eden Park.
At the conclusion of this test Williamson was ranked the number 3 batsmen in the world and Ross Taylor was 11th. Boult was ranked the 7th best bowler, Wagner 8th and Tim Southee was 16th.
Andrew McGlashan writing on Circinfo stated that "Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner have formed a formidable trio over the last four years. They first played together in 2013 and have joined forces in 24 Tests, of which New Zealand have won 13". Collectively they have taken 316 wickets at an average of 25.84.
While NZ was crushing England at Eden Park, Australia was tampering with the ball at Cape Town. The resulting furore dominated headlines in the cricket world for weeks, and led to Steve Smith and David Warner being banned from international and Australian domestic cricket for 12 months. Cameron Bancroft, who actually did the tampering was banned for 9 months and Australia's coach Darren Lehman resigned taking responsibility for the culture in the team.
The second test of a 2 match series was drawn so NZ recorded their first series win over England since 1999, and their first at home since 1983–84. NZ batted 124.4 overs in the fourth innings of the second test and lost 8 wickets for 256 but managed to secure the draw. Scorecard
93 v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi 2018/19 (1st Test) NZ won by 4 runs
In the U.A.E the recipe for winning starts with win the toss, bat first and post a big score. Kane Williamson won the toss, and he scored 63 but NZ was all out for 153, the lowest-ever first-innings total in Abu Dhabi. The last 5 wicket fells for 30 runs.
Trent Boult bowled beautifully when Pakistan batted, he kept NZ in the game by dismissing four of the top six Pakistani batsmen. Boult took 4 for 54. Pakistan only lost four wickets getting past NZ first innings score but another lower order collapse kept NZ in the game. The last 5 wicket fells for 50 runs. Pakistan's 227 means a first innings lead of 74. Tim Southee was replaced for this game by 30-year-old, debutant left arm spinner Ajaz Patel. Colin de Grandhomme opened the bowling with Boult
NZ lost only 1 wicket wiping of the deficit and four of the top six made decent contributions. Jeet Raval got 46, Williamson 37, Henry Nicholls 55 and BJ Watling 55. At 220 for 4 NZ were back in the test match but then NZ lost 6 for 29 in the third lower order collapse of the test match. The last 5 wicket fells for 25 runs. NZ's total of 249 gave Pakistan a target of 176 to win.
Pakistan started strongly and were into the forties before the first wicket fell. Luckily for NZ, their two spinners, Ish Sodhi and Patel picked up 3 quick wickets. Azhar Ali, batting at 3 steadied the ship and Pakistan got to 130 before losing their 4th wicket. 51 to win with 6 wickets left. After lunch on the fourth day Babar Azam lost his head and ran himself out - 147 for 5 - and the panic set in. The captain played an ambitious sweep shot for a man on 3 and was caught behind - 154 for 6. Panic became hysteria. The number 8 slogged across the line and was bowled by Patel - 154 for 7. The number 9 chased a wide ball from Neil Wagner and got caught at Slip - 155 for 8. The number 9 slog-swept against the turn and was caught on the midwicket boundary - 164 for 9.
Only when the ninth wicket fell did Pakistan follow George Hirst's advice from 1902 - "We'll get 'em in singles". While Azhar Ali was on strike Williamson put most of the fielders on the boundary, Azhar would turn down an easy singles until the last couple of balls of the over. This continued for seven tense overs, before Patel bowled a beautiful ball that pitched on the leg stump and spun past Azhar's bat to hit him on the thigh in front of the off bail. The last 5 wicket fells for 24 runs. Patel was declared the man of the match. See the highlights of Pakistan's fourth innings here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jvuuMaKjSs
Statistical highlights were:
- Four innings and four lower order batting collapses. The runs added by last five wickets in the four innings of this Test were 30, 53, 29 and 24.
- NZ's narrowest victory and the fifth smallest margin of victory in test history.
- 176 was the second lowest target defended by NZ
- Ajaz Patel's 5/59 on debut is the second best performance by a NZ spinner.
Kane Williamson described the four-run win as New Zealand's "best in recent memory" and among the best in his career.
94 v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi 2018/19 (3rd Test) NZ won by 123 runs
After the loss at Dubai NZ brought in Southee for Wagner, for his first test of the series, and Will Somerville for Ish Sodhi.
Somerville was making his test debut at the age of 34 with just 18 first class games. Somerville made his first class debut for Otago in 2005 but played most of his 18 first class games for New South Wales.
NZ won the toss and chose to bat first. They got off to a good start and were 70 for 1 at one stage but lost 3 quick wickets to the Pakistani spinners and ended up at 72 for 4. Kane Williamson and BJ Watling put on a 104 runs for the fifth wicket. After Williamson fell for 89 on Watling (77*) and the tail managed to score another 98 runs. However 274 batting first at Abu Dhabi was not a good first innings score.
When Pakistan batted Trent Boult picked up 2 quick wickets but a fourth wicket partnership of 201 took Pakistan past NZ's first innings score. However the 2 NZ spinners Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville (4 for 75) dragged NZ back into the game. Nevertheless, NZ conceded a first innings lead of 74.
The NZ second inning started badly and at one stage NZ were 4 for 60, then Williamson and Henry Nicholls put on 212 for the fifth wicket - a new record against Pakistan.
The run rate for the first 4 days had been a pedestrian 2.5 per over, but on the fifth day the test match leapt into life. At stumps on Day 4, NZ were 272 for 4 with Williamson on 139, Nicolls on 90 and NZ were 198 ahead of Pakistan. However overnight NZ had set their sight on victory. Williamson got out first ball of the day but Nicholls, de Grandhomme, and Southee sought quick runs and NZ scored 81 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 9 overs. NZ declared at 353 for 7, Williamson top scored with 139 and Nicholls got 126*.
Pakistan's target was 280 off 79 overs. Southee and de Grandhomme picked up the first two wickets and then the spinners stepped up. Somerville got two wickets and Patel got one and at lunch on the fifth day, Pakistan were 55 for 5 and the game was over as a contest. Pakistan's last 5 wickets scored another 100 runs but the damage was too great to overcome. Southee took, 3 for 42, Patel 3 for 42 and Somerville on debut took 3 for 52 in the second innings and 7 for 127 in the match.
This victory over Pakistan gave the Black Caps their first away test series victory against Pakistan since the 1969. The victories in Abu Dhabi were split by a loss at Dubai.
Williamson scored 386 runs in 6 turns at bat at an average of 77.20. His career average at the end of the series was 51.56. Williamson's 228 runs in this test left him the second best ranked batsman in the world (913 pts) after Virat Kohli (920 pts).
95 v Sri Lanka at Christchurch 2018/19 NZ won by 423 runs
Sri Lanka won the toss and put NZ in on a green wicket. After 27.1 overs NZ were 64 for 6. Then BJ Watling (49) was joined by Tim Southee (68) and they put on 108 for the 7th wicket and got NZ through to 178. The Sri Lankan bowlers tied to bounce Southee out but three top edges went for six and two others for four. His 68 came off 65 balls. NZ's last four wickets fell for 6 runs.
Sri Lanka began their reply on Day 1 and Tim Southee picked up 3 quick wickets and Colin de Grandhomme 1 wicket. At the end of Day 1 Sri Lanka were 88 for 4 and the match was still in the balance.
But in the morning session of Day 2 everything fell apart for the Sri Lankans. Trent Boult bowled 4 overs and 2 balls and dismissed 6 batsmen for 10 runs. Southee bowled 4 overs but got no further wickets. Boult swung the ball and bowled straight and the last 4 Sri Lanka batsmen were all plumb lbw. Southee finished the innings with 3 for 35 and Boult got his best innings figures of 6 for 30. Sri Lanka were all out for 104.
In NZ's second turn at bat all the top six made valuable contributions. Jeet Raval got 74, and Tom Latham 176. Raval and Latham scored their first century partnership (121) together and made life very easy for the batsmen to follow. Kane Williamson got 48, and Ross Taylor 40. By the time Henry Nicholls came to the crease NZ were 247 for 3 and Sri Lanka's target was already 321. Nicholls and Latham added 214 together. When Latham departed for 176 Colin de Grandhomme, was promoted ahead of Watling, and scored NZ's fastest test 50 off 28 balls on his way to 71*. Nicholls (162*) and de Grandhomme added 124 runs at 8.55 runs an over.
Williamson declared at 585 for 4, leaving Sri Lanka to bat for about an hour and a quarter on Day 3 and all of Day 4 & 5 to save the match or score a world record 660 to win.
In Sri Lanka's second innings both Boult and Southee picked up an opener each in their first overs. Both openers chased wide balls they should have left and were caught by Watling and Sri Lanka were 24 for 2 at the end of day 3.
Sri Lanka fought hard on day four, seeing out the early swing and seam of Trent Boult and Tim Southee. As usual Wagner bowled rib ticklers and finally broke the 318-ball third wicket stand. In the evening session Wagner got 2 more wickets, one of which was with a throat-high bouncer. Angelo Mathews also pulled a ham string, retired hurt, and did not bat again. Sri Lanka did well to take the game into the fifth day and stumps were drawn with Sri Lanka at 231/6.
NZ required just 14 balls on day 5 to finish of the Sri Lankan innings. Wagner bounced out one of those and Boult picked up the other 2 wickets. Boult took 3 for 77 and Wagner 4 for 48.
Boult's match figures were 9 for 107, but Southee was the player of the match for rescuing NZ with the bat in the first innings with his top score of 68 and match figures of 5 for 96.
The victory was NZ'S largest victory in terms of runs.
This was a record fourth consecutive series win for New Zealand. NZ beat the West Indies and England at home last summer, and defeated Pakistan in the UAE in November 2018.
After Sri Lanka unexpectedly beat South Africa in South Africa 2 nil, NZ moved to number 2 in the ICC test rankings behind India.
The four consecutive series victories were as a result of experienced and performing batsmen and pace bowlers and a decent spinner or two when the pitch was turning.
The career averages for the top seven regulars in the batting order at the end of this test were as follows:
|Colin de Grandhomme||15||32.76|
The career averages for the regular pace bowlers were as follows:
|Colin de Grandhomme||15||31||29.96|
In the last 5 victories only the spinner has not been a regular fixture of the side. Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Ish Sodhi, Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville have all appeared.
96 v Bangladesh at Hamilton 2018/19 NZ won by an innings and 52 runs
NZ was looking to win its fifth consecutive test victory. Given that NZ had an experienced and talented team no one fancied the Bangladeshis chances of stopping another series victory.
Williamson won the toss and put the Bangladeshis in on a well grassed surface. However NZ bowled poorly and Tamim Iqbal flayed the new ball around Seddon Park. Bangladeshi were 121 for 1 at lunch. After lunch Wagner's short pitched bowling finally paid dividends, he took all five of his wicket with short balls. 5 for 47 was his sixth five-wicket haul in Tests. Tim Southee got 3 for 76. 234 all out was a very poor return on a good batting surface.
NZ batted for 28 overs and by the end of Day 1 Jeet Raval and Tom Latham had added 86 without loss. On Day 2, Ravel scored 132 and Latham 161. Their 1st wicket partnership of 254 was the third highest in NZ's Test history. NZ scored 365 runs on day 2 for the loss of only 4 wickets. Williamson was unbeaten on 93 at the close.
On Day 3, Neil Wagner batting at six, as a night watchman smashed 47 off 35 balls. Colin de Grandhomme smashed 76 of 53 balls. Williamson declared on 715 for 6 when he completed his double century.
Statistical highlights were:
- 715 was NZ highest ever innings score
- It was the 17th highest innings total of all time.
- This was only the second time the top 3 batsmen for NZ had all scored centuries.
- Ravel scored his maiden Test century
- Wagner got his top score.
- 200* was Williamson's second double century
- Williamson became the first NZer to score 20 Test centuries.
- Williamson was the 16th fastest batsman ever to reach 6000 runs.
- After this innings Williamson's test average was 53.20.
The declaration midway through Day 3 left Bangladesh 2 and a half days to bat. After an opening partnership of 88, Wagner ramped up the short balls, and the verbals. Bangladesh lost 4 wickets in 8 overs. They ended Day 3 on 174 for 4 chasing 481 to force NZ to bat again. The only mystery left in the game was how quickly they would be dismissed on Day 4.
On Day 4, the number 5 and 6 Bangladeshi batsmen combined in a partnership of 235. After 80 overs Bangladesh were 344 for 4. When Boult and Southee took the new ball they got some swing and 4 overs later Boult broke the partnership. None of the last 5 batsmen scored more than 4 runs and Bangladeshi finished with 429 of 103 overs. Boult got 5 for 123 and Southee 3 for 98. Todd Astle was the spinner for this match but failed to pick up a wicket.
97 v Bangladesh at Wellington 2018/19 NZ won by an innings and 12 runs
The first two days were ruined by rain and the Test did not start until the third day.
Williamson won the toss and not surprisingly chose to bowl on a pitch as green as the outfield. However, like in the first test, NZ bowled poorly and the Bangladeshi openers put on 75 for the first wicket. It wasn't until the 32nd over before Neil Wagner's short pitched bowling started to pay dividends. He dismissed the number 3, 4 and opening batsmen in 4 overs and Bangladesh were 134 for 4. Bangladesh struggled through to 206 before Trent Boult and Tim Southee picked up the last 4 wickets for 5 runs. Wagner finished with 4 for 28 and Boult 3 for 38.
When NZ batted, there was still plenty of seam in the green pitch for accurate bowlers and NZ lost both their openers early. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were forced to steady the ship after the openers were dismissed early. When the rain rolled in, NZ were 38 for 2, and Bangladesh still in the game.
On the morning of the fourth day, Williamson and Taylor were troubled early but slowly wrestled control of the game away from Bangladesh. As there were only 2 days left in the game the NZ batsmen knew they had to score quickly. Williamson got 74 of 105 balls and he put on 180 with Taylor in 31 overs, at 5.55 runs an over. Nichols joined Taylor and scored 107 off 129 balls and they put on 216 in 40 overs at 5.4 runs an over.
Nichols century was his fifth and Taylor's 200 was his 18th century. Only Williamson with 20 has scored more for NZ. Williamson declared at 432 for 6 off 84.5 overs. (5.09 runs per over)
The declaration left Bangladesh 23 overs to bat before stump. Boult bowled one opener with the second ball of the innings and got the second opener in his 4th over. Matt Henry bounced out a third batsman and Bangladesh were 80 for 3 at stumps and 141 in arrears.
Bangladesh got through 14 overs for the loss of only 1 wicket and then Wagner came on. The Bangladeshis had no answer to Wagner's unique bowling. Short pitch bowling at the batsman's ribs and throat got 4 out his 5 wickets and Bangladesh only managed 209 runs. Wagner got 5 for 45 and Boult 4 for 52. This was Wagner's 7th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and his match figures of 9 for 73 were a career best.
The third test of the series was called off following a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch. Some of the Bangladeshi players were on the way to one of the mosques for Friday prayers when the attack began. The Australian terrorist murdered 51 people.
Both the batting and bowling averages of the 10 regular players over the 5 consecutive victorious Test series were outstanding.
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98 v Sri Lanka at Colombo 2019 NZ won by an innings and 65 runs
Just a month after NZ's tie with England in the 2019 World Cup Final the NZ cricket team was off to Sri Lanka during the monsoon season. Both tests were badly affected by monsoon rain but both ended in a result.
The ICC had just introduced the World Test Championship which allows a team to gain a maximum of 120 points per series. As this was a 2 test series each test victory was worth 60 points. (Each test victory in a 5 match series is worth 24)
The monsoon rain reduced the three-day practice game to one day. NZ lost the first test in Galle bringing their five consecutive test series victory winning streak to an end. Monsoon rain and bad light reduced the 2nd test of the series to 275 overs (out of a possible 450).
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat on greenish pitch. NZ did not pick Neil Wagner for this test but chose two spinners Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel. Only 36 overs were possible on the first day and Boult and Southee did not get any wickets on day one. Sri Lanka finished at 84/2.
On Day 2, Boult got 2 wickets in the 41st over. The first of these was his 250 test wicket for NZ. Southee got 2 wickets in the 57th over and Sri Lanka were 130 for 6. Then the rain washed out the rest of the days play after only 30 more overs.
On Day 3, Sri Lanka were still batting in their first innings. It took a further 23 overs for NZ to bowl them out for 244. Southee got 4 for 63.
NZ started their first innings just before midday on day 3. After 43 overs they were 126 for 4. Then Latham (154) and Watling (109*) combined in a 143 run partnership for the fifth wicket. Chasing quick runs de Grandhomme scored 83 of 69 balls and NZ ended Day 4 ahead by 138 runs.
On Day 5 NZ batted on for a very eventful 5 overs. In that time, de Grandhomme was out without adding to his overnight score, BJ Watling brought up his seventh test century and became NZ's highest-scoring wicketkeeper in Test cricket and Southee smashed 24 of 10 balls. Sri Lanka had to survive most of day 5 to draw the game. They did not begin well and lost their first 5 wickets for 32 runs in 22 overs. Later Southee picked up his 250th test wicket for NZ as well.
When the final session began, Sri Lanka still needed to bat out 36 overs to salvage a draw with three wickets in hand. 26 overs later Sri Lanka had not lost a further wicket and the light was beginning to fade. Somerville finally got the breakthrough and then 4 overs later Patel got the penultimate wicket. 5 balls later at 4:44 pm Boult bounced out the last batsman and NZ squared the series and picked up 60 points in the World Test Championship table. 20 minutes later it was too dark to play.
Latham was the player of the match for his 154 and Watling was awarded man of the series for scores of 1, 77 and 105*.
In the ICC cricket world cup, Williamson scored for 578 runs at 82.57 and was awarded the player of the tournament. In Sri Lanka a month later, Williamson only scored 24 runs in three turns at bat and was sent home to NZ for a rest and did not play in the limited over games. Two months after the world cup final Williamson said "Has it been a month has it? Feels like yesterday." and "some members of his team are still trying to make sense of their heart-breaking World Cup final 'loss'. By mid October the boundary count back rule that handed England the title of World Cup champion was abolished by the International Cricket Council.
99 v England at Mount Maunganui 2019/20 NZ won by an innings and 65 runs
Mount Maunganui hosted its first ever Test in the series opener against England. It was to be an auspicious debut.
After winning the toss, England elected to bat first on what appeared to be a fairly lifeless wicket. The slow surface proved difficult for both batting and bowling, and old-fashioned attritional cricket became the order of the day. The New Zealand attack, while disciplined enough, were unable to make any decisive inroads into the English batting order on the first day. Despite the cheap dismissal of skipper Joe Root, the tourists finished at 241/4 at stumps on day 1, with NZ's World Cup nemesis Ben Stokes looking ominous on 67*. Several of the England top order batsmen got themselves set, including Joe Denly (79) and opener Rory Burns (52), but were unable to push on to truly big totals. When Stokes (91) fell the next day, courtesy of a blinder at slip from Ross Taylor, the lower order largely disintegrated and the innings lost its way. Only an attacking innings by wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (43) and some stubborn resistance from well-known nightwatchman Jack Leach (18*) saw England drag themselves through to 353. Tim Southee registered the best bowling figures, taking 4 for 88. Neil Wagner also displayed his penchant for creating opportunities out of unhelpful conditions, and his aggressive short-pitched bowling yielded him 3 for 90.
It seemed to be a competitive score, and looked to be formidable when the New Zealand innings stalled at 127/4. New Zealand middle order veterans Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor appeared to be accumulating runs with relative ease, before Taylor (25) scooped a rank long hop to deep square leg. Williamson (51) fell victim to one of the few deliveries that did anything remotely unexpected, with a delivery from Sam Curran rearing up off a length and taking a glove through to the keeper. Henry Nicholls (41) played confidently, but when he fell with the score on 197, NZ were struggling and appeared destined for a sub-300 score. A lower-order rally, led by keeper BJ Watling, slowly but surely resuscitated the NZ first innings. Two crucial partnerships - 119 with Colin de Grandhomme (63) and a mammoth 261 with maiden centurion Mitchell Santner (126) - allowed the gritty keeper-batsman to help push the game out of England's reach. Watling himself made a career-best 205, a marathon innings lasting over 11 hours (667 minutes). By the time Williamson eventually declared on 615/9, with a lead of 262 runs, England had been kept out in the field for a whopping 201 overs.
The tourists were left with the unenviable task of batting out just under four sessions to save the match. By stumps on the fourth day, however, they had been reduced to 55/3 by some canny slow left-arm bowling from Santner, and looked unlikely to avoid an innings defeat. Resistance from Stokes and Denly on the final day left some New Zealand supporters wondering if their hopes of victory were to be denied at the last moment yet again. When Southee prompted Stokes to drag a wide delivery onto his stumps, midway through the last session, England lost their last hope of a draw. The way was cleared for Wagner, who proceeded to run through the relatively weak England tail. Wagner eventually picked up 5 for 44, and England had succumbed to defeat at 197 - 65 runs short of making NZ bat again.
Broken records abounded in Mount Maunganui's inaugural Test. Watling's stirling double century made him the ninth wicketkeeper - and first for New Zealand - to achieve the feat. His partnership of 261 with Santner was also the highest in NZ Test history for the 7th wicket, and the team's first innings total of 615 was their highest against England.
At the end of this test the career batting averages for six of New Zealand's top seven batsmen averaged over 40. Kane Williamson 52.21, Ross Taylor 46.37, Henry Nicholls 44.16, Tom Latham 43.57, BJ Watling 40.51 and Colin de Grandhomme 40.33.
The career averages of New Zealand's pace bowlers were all under 30. Trent Boult 27.64, Tim Southee 29.89, Neil Wagner 27.04 and Colin de Grandhomme 29.63.
Wagner's 8 for 134 in the match propelled him to number 3 in the ICC Player ratings for bowlers.
Unfortunately points for the series were not up for grabs in the World Test Championship.
100 v India at Wellington 2019/20 NZ won by 10 wickets
This was New Zealand's 100th test victory.
India went into this series ranked the number one test side in the world. New Zealand on the other hand had just finished a test series against Australia that they lost 3–0. The mauling in Australia led to the end of Jeet Raval's test career and Mitchel Santner dropped as NZ's spinner. However it was NZ that comprehensively outplayed India in this match.
Neil Wagner was on paternity leave and 6'8" fast bowler Kyle Jamieson made his test debut. NZ chose to bowl first on a pitch with thick grass with a brownish tinge. Boult and Southee were average but the introduction of Jamieson began the slide. He got wickets in his third, fourth and thirteenth overs. Boult and Southee got 1 each and India ended a rain shortened first day on 122 for 5. On Day 2 NZ picked up India's last 5 wickets for 43 runs and Southee got 3 of those. Jamieson ended up with 4 for 39 and Southee 4 for 49. The NZ openers saw the shine off the new ball before Latham got out in the 10th over. Williamson then added 47 with Blundell (30) and 93 with Taylor (44) Williamson himself scored a watchful 89. At the end of day 2 NZ were 216 for 5 already 51 run ahead on India. On the morning of the 3rd day de Grandhomme scored a watchful 43 but the debutant Jamieson smashed 4 sixes in a quick fire 44. Boult added to the mayhem with 38 off 24 balls. The last 3 wickets added 123 runs and NZ lead by 183 after their first innings. With the life leaving the pitch, the NZ bowlers had to work hard to pick up wickets. But the stuck at it and by the end of Day 3, India were 144 for 4, still 39 runs behind NZs first innings.
On the morning of the 4th day, Boult and Southee were still able to get a little swing and seam with a ball that started the day 64 overs old. They picked up the last 6 INdian wickets for just 47 runs. Boult finished with 4 for 49 and Southee 5 for 61. Despite a dream debut from Jamieson, Southee was man of the match with 9 for 114. Although Ajaz Patel replaced Santner as NZ's spinner for this test he only bowled 6 overs in the match.
Boult and Southee have played in 28 of the 100 test victories.
101 v India at Christchurch 2019/20 NZ won by 7 wickets
With Wagner back from paternity leave, NZ dropped the underutilised spinner and picked 5 pace bowlers for a green Christchurch pitch. Williamson won the toss and bowled for a second time. Boult managed only one breakthrough and India were 73 for 1 after the 17th over. Williamson tried Wagner and his short-pitched bowling earlier then normal in the 18th over. Jamieson bowling the 19 got his first wicket. Southee got Kohli for 3 and then another wicket and India were 118 for 4. India fought back and got to 194 for 4. Then Wagner bounced Vihari out and Jamieson picked up 4 quick wickets to finish with a maiden five-for in only his second Test (5/45). India's 242 was a good result on a green pitch but a poor result after being 194 for 4. They ended up with the third-lowest Test total in an innings that featured three or more scores of 50-plus from the top-seven batsmen.
Blundell and Latham batted watchfully for 23 overs and NZ were 63 for none at stumps. On day 2, NZ then lost 8 more wickets for 111 runs to excellent Indian seam and swing bowling. Only the two openers got decent scores Blundell 30 and Latham 52. However, Jamieson batting at 8 and Wagner at 9 combined in a partnership of 51. Jamieson looked like the most comfortable batsmen on either side compiling his 49. India had a seven run first innings lead.
In India's second innings, the quality of NZ five pace bowlers shone through. Swing seam and bounce was still on offer for all the NZ bowlers. Southee finished with 3 for 36 and Boult 4 for 28.
NZ had to scored only 132 to win and began their second innings before lunch on Day 3. Although conditions continued to be tortuous for the batsmen both openers scored fifties - Latham 52 and Blundell 55. India were beaten inside 3 days.
The 2–0 series whitewash meant NZ went to No.2 in the test rankings and picked up the maximum of 120 points in the ICC World Test Championship to move into 3rd place on the table.
Jamieson was named man of the match in only his second test. After two tests he had two innings of 44 and 49 and his batting average was 46.50. He also had 9 wickets at an average of 16.33.
In the summer of 2019/20 NZ played the 3 strongest sides in test cricket and they:
• Beat England 1 – 0 (2 matches)
• Lost to Australia 3 – 0 (3 matches)
• Beat India 2- 0 (2 matches)
Two series wins over two strong sides could be considered a good season. However, the wins over England and India and were poor compensation for the manner of the losses over Australia. Raval was dropped after the first test against Australia as an opening batsman in favour of Tom Blundell and who averaged 41.28 in 7 innings against Australia and India. Santner was dropped after the second test against Australia in favour of Will Somerville for the third Test. Somerville was replaced by Ajaz Patel for the 1st test against India. Patel barely bowled in this Test and for the last Test of the season NZ played 5 pace bowlers.
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