New Zealand cricket team in Australia in 1980–81

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The New Zealand national cricket team toured Australia in the 1980-81 season and played 3 Test matches. Australia won the series 2-0 with one match drawn. This was followed by a one-day series, which included the match that featured the underarm incident.

Test series summary[edit]

First Test[edit]

28–30 November 1980
(5-day match)
Scorecard
v
225 (70.1 overs)
GP Howarth 65 (119)
JD Higgs 4/59 (16.1 overs)
305 (115.5 overs)
GM Wood 111 (229)
BL Cairns 5/87 (38.5 overs)
142 (41.1 overs)
BA Edgar 51 (88)
RJ Hadlee 51* (57)
DK Lillee 6/53 (15 overs)
63/0 (21.3 overs)
GM Wood 32* (65)
Australia won by 10 wickets
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Umpires: RC Bailhache and MW Johnson
Player of the match: GM Wood (AUS)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in three.
  • GF Lawson (AUS), and JG Bracewell and IDS Smith (both NZ) made their Test debuts.

Second Test[edit]

12–14 December 1980
(5-day match)
Scorecard
v
196 (73.5 overs)
JV Coney 71 (165)
DK Lillee 5/63 (23.5 overs)
265 (81.1 overs)
RW Marsh 91 (161)
RJ Hadlee 5/87 (27 overs)
121 (48.1 overs)
WK Lees 25* (55)
JD Higgs 4/25 (8 overs)
55/2 (22.1 overs)
J Dyson 25* (75)
RJ Hadlee 2/20 (11.1 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Umpires: AR Crafter and DG Weser
Player of the match: RW Marsh (AUS)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in three.

Third Test[edit]

26–30 December 1980
(5-day match)
Scorecard
v
321 (121.3 overs)
KD Walters 107 (206)
JV Coney 3/28 (12.3 overs)
317 (108.2 overs)
GP Howarth 65 (124)
RM Hogg 4/60 (26.2 overs)
188 (87.2 overs)
GS Chappell 78 (221)
RJ Hadlee 6/57 (27.2 overs)
128/6 (54 overs)
JG Wright 44 (115)
GS Chappell 2/7 (7 overs)
Match drawn
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: RC Bailhache and AR Crafter
Player of the match: RJ Hadlee (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

External sources[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993