New Zealand cricket team in Australia in 1982–83

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The New Zealand national cricket team toured Australia in the 1982-83 season and played a total of 21 matches, mostly One Day Internationals in the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup against Australia and England. New Zealand reached the finals of the competition but lost to Australia 2-0. A highlight of the finals series was a 21-ball half century from Lance Cairns at the Melbourne Cricket Ground containing 6 sixes. This was a world record for One Day Internationals at the time.

Bushfire Appeal Challenge Match[edit]

In order to raise funds for the 1983 bushfires, the New Zealanders returned to Australia, a month after they played in the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup[1].

17 March 1983 (D/N)
New Zealand 
138/8 (35 overs)
124 (34 overs)
MD Crowe 66 (67)
JN Maguire 2/9 (7 overs)
KH MacLeay 41 (37)
EJ Chatfield 4/20 (7 overs)
New Zealand won by 14 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: RA French and MW Johnson
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced before play started from 50 overs to 35 overs per side.
  • MR Whitney (AUS) and TJ Franklin (NZ) made their ODI debuts.


External sources[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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