New Zealand national cricket team

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New Zealand
New Zealand silver fern cricket crest
New Zealand silver fern cricket crest
Test status acquired 1930
First Test match v England England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, 10–13 January 1930
Captain Brendon McCullum
Coach Mike Hesson
Current ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking 4th (Test)
3rd (ODI)
6th (T20I)[1] [1]
All-time best ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking 3rd (Test)
3rd (ODI)
3rd (T20I) [2]
Test matches
– This year
401
3
Last Test match v  England at Headingley Stadium, Leeds, 29 May-2 June 2015
Wins/losses
– This year
81/161
2/1
As of 2 June 2015

The New Zealand cricket team, nicknamed the Black Caps, are the national cricket team representing New Zealand. They played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. It took the team until 1955–56 to win a Test, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland.[2] They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

The current Test, One-day and Twenty20 captain is Brendon McCullum. McCullum replaced Ross Taylor who replaced Daniel Vettori after Vettori stepped down following the 2011 World Cup. Vettori had replaced New Zealand's most successful captain, Stephen Fleming, who led New Zealand to 28 Test victories, more than twice as many as any other New Zealand captain. The national team is organised by New Zealand Cricket.

The New Zealand cricket team became known as the Black Caps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team.[3] Official New Zealand Cricket sources typeset the nickname as BLACKCAPS. This is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

As of January 2015, New Zealand have played 399 Test matches, winning 80, losing 160 and drawing 159.[4]

As of 12 May 2015, the New Zealand cricket team is ranked third in Tests, third in ODIs and sixth in T20Is by the ICC.[1] New Zealand reached the final match in the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in its history after beating South Africa in the semi-final in 2015.[5]

History[edit]

The Beginnings of Cricket in New Zealand[edit]

The reverend Henry Williams provided history with the first report of a game of cricket in New Zealand when he wrote in his diary in December 1832 about boys in and around Paihia on Horotutu Beach playing cricket. In 1835, Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle called into the Bay of Islands on its epic circumnavigation of the Earth and Darwin witnessed a game of cricket played by freed Māori slaves and the son of a missionary at Waimate North. Darwin in The Voyage of the Beagle wrote:[6]

several young men redeemed by the missionaires from slavery were employed on the farm. In the evening I saw a party of them at cricket.

The first recorded game of cricket in New Zealand took place in Wellington in December 1842. The Wellington Spectator reports a game on 28 December 1842 played by a "Red" team and a "Blue" team from the Wellington Club. The first fully recorded match was reported by the Examiner in Nelson between the Surveyors and Nelson in March 1844.

The first team to tour New Zealand was Parr's all England XI in 1863–64. Between 1864 and 1914, 22 foreign teams toured New Zealand. England sent 6 teams, Australia 15 and one from Fiji.

First National Team[edit]

On 15–17 February 1894 the first team representing New Zealand played New South Wales at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. New South Wales won by 160 runs. New South Wales returned again in 1895–96 and New Zealand won the solitary game by 142 runs, its first victory. The New Zealand Cricket Council was formed towards the end of 1894.

New Zealand played its first two internationals (not Tests) in 1904–05 against a star-studded Australia team containing such players as Victor Trumper, Warwick Armstrong and Clem Hill. Rain saved New Zealand from a thrashing in the first match but not the second which New Zealand lost by an innings and 358 runs – currently the second largest defeat in New Zealand first-class history.

Inter-war Period[edit]

In 1927 NZ toured England. They played 26 first class matches, mostly against county sides. They managed to beat Worcestershire, Glamorgan, Somerset, and Derbyshire. On the strength of the performances on this tour New Zealand was granted Test status.

In 1929/30 the M.C.C toured NZ and played 4 Tests all of 3 days in duration. New Zealand lost its first Test match but drew the next 3. In the second Test Stewie Dempster and Jackie Mills put on 276 for the first wicket. This is still the highest partnership for New Zealand against England. New Zealand first played South Africa in 1931–32 in a three match series but were unable to secure Test matches against any teams other than England before World War II ended all Test cricket for 7 years.

New Zealand's first Test after the war was against Australia in 1945/46. This game was not considered a "Test" at the time but it was granted Test status retrospectively by the International Cricket Council in March 1948. The New Zealand players who appeared in this match probably did not appreciate this move by the ICC as New Zealand were dismissed for 42 and 54. The New Zealand Cricket Council's unwillingness to pay Australian players a decent allowance to tour New Zealand ensured that this was the only Test Australia played against New Zealand between 1929 and 1972.

Cricket after World War II[edit]

In 1949 New Zealand sent one of its best ever sides to England. It contained Bert Sutcliffe, Martin Donnelly, John R. Reid and Jack Cowie. However, 3-day Test matches ensured that all 4 Tests were drawn. Many have regarded the 1949 tour of England among New Zealand's best ever touring performances. All four tests were high-scoring despite being draws and Martin Donnelly's 206 at Lord's hailed as one of the finest innings ever seen there.[7] Despite being winless, New Zealand did not lose a test either. Prior to this, only the legendary 1948 Australian team, led by the great Don Bradman, had achieved this.

New Zealand played its first matches against the West Indies in 1951–52, and Pakistan and India in 1955/56.

In 1954/55 New Zealand recorded the lowest ever innings total, 26 against England. The following season New Zealand achieved its first Test victory. The first 3 Tests of a 4 Test series were won easily by the West Indies but New Zealand won the fourth to notch up its first Test victory. It had taken them 45 matches and 26 years to attain.

9, 10, 12, 13 March 1956
Scorecard
New Zealand 
v
255 all out (166.5 overs)
John R. Reid 84
Tom Dewdney 5/21 (19.5 overs)
145 all out (78.3 overs)
Hammond Furlonge 64
Harry Cave 4/22 (27.3 overs)
157 all out (80 overs)
Sammy Guillen 41
Denis Atkinson 7/53 (40 overs)
77 all out (45.1 overs)
Everton Weekes 31
Harry Cave 4/21 (13.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 190 runs
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Clyde Harris (NZL) and Terry Pearce (NZL)
  • New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat

In the next 20 years New Zealand won only seven more Tests. For most of this period New Zealand lacked a class bowler to lead their attack although they had two excellent batsmen in Bert Sutcliffe and Glenn Turner and a great all-rounder in John R. Reid.

Reid captained New Zealand on a tour to South Africa in 1961–62 where the five test series was drawn 2–2. The victories in the third and fifth tests were the first overseas victories New Zealand achieved. Reid scored 1,915 runs in the tour, setting a record for the most runs scored by a touring batsman of South Africa as a result.[8]

New Zealand won their first test series in their three match 1969/70 tour of Pakistan 1–0.[4]

1970/71-2000[edit]

In 1973 Richard Hadlee debuted and the rate at which New Zealand won Tests picked up dramatically. Hadlee was one of the best pace bowlers of his generation and played 86 Tests for New Zealand before he retired in 1990. Of the 86 Tests that Hadlee played in New Zealand won 22 and lost 28. In 1977/78 New Zealand won its first Test against England, at the 48th attempt. Hadlee took 10 wickets in the match.

During the 1980s New Zealand also had the services of one of its best ever batsman, Martin Crowe and a number of good players such as John Wright, Bruce Edgar, John F. Reid, Andrew Jones, Geoff Howarth, Jeremy Coney, Ian Smith, John Bracewell, Lance Cairns, Stephen Boock, and Ewen Chatfield, who were capable of playing the occasional match winning performance and consistently making a valuable contribution to a Test match.

The best example of New Zealand's two star players (R. Hadlee and M. Crowe) putting in match winning performances and other players making good contributions is New Zealand versus Australia, 1985 at Brisbane. In Australia's first innings Hadlee took 9–52. In New Zealand's only turn at bat, M Crowe scored 188 and John F. Reid 108. Edgar, Wright, Coney, Jeff Crowe, V. Brown, and Hadlee scored between 17 and 54*. In Australia's second innings, Hadlee took 6–71 and Chatfield 3–75. New Zealand won by an innings and 41 runs.

8–12 November 1985
Scorecard
v
 New Zealand
179 all out (76.4 overs)
Kepler Wessels 70 (186)
Richard Hadlee 9/52 (23.4 overs)
553/7 declared (161 overs)
Martin Crowe 188 (328)
Greg Matthews 3/110 (31 overs)
333 all out (116.5 overs
Allan Border 152* (301)
Richard Hadlee 6/71 (28.5 overs)
New Zealand won by an innings and 41 runs
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Tony Crafter (Aus) and Dick French (Aus)
Player of the match: Richard Hadlee (NZL)
  • New Zealand won the toss and chose to field

One-day cricket also gave New Zealand a chance to compete more regularly than Test cricket with the better sides in world cricket. In one-day cricket a batsman does not need to score centuries to win games for his side and bowlers do not need to bowl the opposition out. One-day games can be won by one batsman getting a 50, a few others getting 30s, bowlers bowling economically and everyone fielding well. These were requirements New Zealand players could consistently meet and thus developed a good one-day record against all sides.

Perhaps New Zealand's most infamous one-day match was the "Under arm" match against Australia at the MCG in 1981. Requiring six runs to tie the match off the final ball, Australian captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to "bowl" the ball underarm along the wicket to prevent New Zealand batsman Brian McKechnie from hitting a six. The Australian umpires ruled the move as legal even though to this day many believe it was one of the most unsporting decisions made in cricket.

When New Zealand next played in the tri-series in Australia in 1983, Lance Cairns became a cult hero for his one-day batting. In one match against Australia, he hit six sixes at the MCG, one of the world's largest grounds. Few fans remember that New Zealand lost this game by 149 runs. However, Lance's greatest contribution to New Zealand cricket was his son Chris Cairns.

Chris Cairns made his debut one year before Hadlee retired in 1990. Cairns, one of New Zealand's best allrounders, led the 1990s bowling attack with Danny Morrison. Stephen Fleming, New Zealand's most prolific scorer, led the batting and the team into the 21st century. Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan also scored plenty of runs for New Zealand, but both retired earlier than expected.

Daniel Vettori made his debut as an 18-year-old in 1997, and when he took over from Fleming as captain in 2007 he was regarded as the best spinning allrounder in world cricket. On 26 August 2009, Daniel Vettori became the eighth player and second left-arm bowler (after Chaminda Vaas) in history to take 300 wickets and score 3000 test runs, joining the illustrious club. Vettori decided to take an indefinite break from international short form cricket in 2011 but will continued to represent New Zealand in Test cricket and returned for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Into the 21st century[edit]

The Black Caps logo.

New Zealand started the new millennium in the best manner possible. They won the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya to claim their first, and so far, only ICC tournament. They started with a 64 run win over Zimbabwe then proceeded to beat Pakistan by 4 wickets in the semi-final. In the final against India, Chris Cairns scored an unbeaten 102 in New Zealand's run chase helping them win the tournament.

15 October 2000
Scorecard
India 
264/6 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
265/6 (49.4 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 117 (130)
Scott Styris 2/53 (10 overs)
Chris Cairns 102* (113)
Venkatesh Prasad 3/27 (7 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi  Kenya
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and David Shepherd (Eng)
Player of the match: Chris Cairns (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • New Zealand won the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy.

Shane Bond played 17 Tests for NZ between 2001 and 2007 but missed far more through injury. When fit, he added a dimension to the NZ bowling attack that had been missing since Hadlee retired.

The New Zealand team celebrating a dismissal in 2009

The rise of the financial power of the BCCI had an immense effect on NZ cricket and its players. The BCCI managed to convince other boards not to pick players who had joined the rival Twenty-20 Indian Cricket League. NZ Cricket lost the services of Shane Bond, Lou Vincent, Andre Adams, Hamish Marshall and Daryl Tuffey. The money to be made from Twenty-20 cricket in India may have also induced players, such as Craig McMillan and Scott Styris (from Test cricket) to retire earlier than they would have otherwise. After the demise of the Indian Cricket League Bond and Tuffey again played for New Zealand.

Vettori stood down as Test captain in 2011 leading to star batsman Ross Taylor to take his place. Taylor led New Zealand for a year which included a thrilling win in a low scoring Test match against Australia in Hobart, their first win over Australia since 1993. In 2012/13 Brendon McCullum became captain and new players such as Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham emerged as world-class performers. McCullum captained New Zealand to series wins against the West Indies and India in 2013/14 and both Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2014/15 increasing New Zealand's rankings in both Test and ODI formats. In the series against India McCullum scored 302 at Wellington to become New Zealand's first Test triple centurion.

In 2015 the New Zealand national cricket team played under the name of Aotearoa for their first match against Zimbabwe to celebrate Māori Language Week.[9]

Current squad[edit]

This is a list of active players who have played for New Zealand since the beginning of 2014. Players in bold have a central contract for 2015–16.[10][11] The players in Italics represent the final 15-player squad selected to play in ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.[12] Matt Henry was underlined as he was an injury replacement for Adam Milne.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team Forms S/N
Captain and Middle-order or Opening batsman
Brendon McCullum 33 Right-Handed Right-arm medium Otago Test, ODI, Twenty20 42
Vice Captain and Top-order batsman or All-Rounder
Kane Williamson 24 Right-handed Right-arm off break Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 22
Vice Captain and Top-order batsman
Ross Taylor 31 Right-handed Right-arm off break Central Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 3
Opening Batsmen
Martin Guptill 28 Right-handed Right-arm off break Auckland Test, ODI, Twenty20 31
Hamish Rutherford 26 Left-handed Otago Test, ODI, Twenty20 72
Middle-Order Batsmen
Dean Brownlie 30 Right-handed Right-arm medium Northern Districts Test, Twenty20 59
Colin Munro 28 Left-handed Right-arm medium Auckland Test, ODI, Twenty20 82
Wicket-keeper and Opening Batsman
Tom Latham 23 Left-handed Right-arm medium Canterbury Test, ODI, Twenty20 48
Wicketkeepers
BJ Watling 30 Right-handed Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 47
Luke Ronchi 34 Right-handed Wellington Test, ODI, Twenty20 54
All-rounders
Corey Anderson 24 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 78
Grant Elliott 36 Right-handed Right-arm medium Wellington Test, ODI, Twenty20 88
Nathan McCullum 34 Right-handed Right-arm off break Otago ODI, Twenty20 15
Anton Devcich 29 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Northern Districts ODI, Twenty20 84
Jimmy Neesham 24 Left-handed Right-arm medium Otago Test, ODI, Twenty20 83
Mitchell Santner 23 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Northern Districts ODI, Twenty20 74
Pace Bowlers
Trent Boult 26 Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 18
Doug Bracewell 24 Right-handed Right-arm fast–medium Central Districts ODI, Test 34
Mitchell McClenaghan 29 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Auckland Twenty20, ODI 81
Tim Southee 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 38
Neil Wagner 29 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Otago Test
Hamish Bennett 28 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Canterbury ODI 52
Matt Henry 23 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Canterbury ODI, Test 21
Adam Milne 23 Right-handed Right-arm fast Central Districts ODI, Twenty20 20
Spin Bowlers
Ish Sodhi 22 Right-handed Leg break Northern Districts Test, Twenty20 61
Mark Craig 28 Left-handed Right-arm Off break Otago Test

Coaching staff[edit]

Tournament history[edit]

ICC Cricket World Cup[edit]

ICC Cricket World Cup record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Tie N/R Win %
England Prudential World Cup 1975 Semi-finals 4th 4 2 2 0 0 50 %
England Prudential World Cup 1979 Semi-finals 4th 4 2 2 0 0 50 %
England Prudential World Cup 1983 Double Round-Robin stage 5th 6 3 3 0 0 50 %
IndiaPakistan Reliance World Cup 1987 Double Round-Robin stage 6th 6 2 4 0 0 33.33 %
AustraliaNew Zealand Benson & Hedges World Cup 1992 Semi-finals 3rd 9 7 2 0 0 77.78 %
IndiaPakistanSri Lanka Wills World Cup 1996 Quarter-finals 7th 6 3 3 0 0 50 %
EnglandWalesRepublic of IrelandNetherlandsScotland ICC Cricket World Cup 1999 Semi-finals 4th 9 4 4 0 1 50 %
KenyaSouth AfricaZimbabwe ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 Super Sixes 5th 8 5 3 0 0 62.5 %
West Indies Cricket Board ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Semi-finals 3rd 10 7 3 0 0 70 %
India Sri Lanka Bangladesh ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Semi-finals 4th 8 5 3 0 0 62.5 %
Australia New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Runners-up 2nd 9 8 1 0 0 88.89 %
England ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Qualified
Overview Runners-up (once) 2nd in Australia New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 79 48 30 0 1 61.53 %
Results summary (by opposition)
Team Opposition Span Played Won Lost Tie N/R Win %
 New Zealand v  Afghanistan 2015-2015 1 1 0 0 0 100 %
v  Australia 1987-2015 10 3 7 0 0 30 %
v  Bangladesh 1999-2015 4 4 0 0 0 100 %
v  Canada 2003-2011 3 3 0 0 0 100 %
v East Africa 1975-1975 1 1 0 0 0 100 %
v  England 1975-2015 8 5 3 0 0 62.50 %
v  India 1975-2003 7 4 3 0 0 57.14 %
v  Ireland 2007-2007 1 1 0 0 0 100 %
v  Kenya 2007-2011 2 2 0 0 0 100 %
v  Netherlands 1996-1996 1 1 0 0 0 100 %
v  Pakistan 1983-2011 8 2 6 0 0 25 %
v  Scotland 1999-2015 2 2 0 0 0 100 %
v  South Africa 1992-2015 7 5 2 0 0 71.42 %
v  Sri Lanka 1979-2015 10 4 6 0 0 40 %
v  United Arab Emirates 1996-1996 1 1 0 0 0 100 %
v  West Indies 1975-2015 7 4 3 0 0 57.14 %
v  Zimbabwe 1987-2011 6 5 0 0 1 100 %
 New Zealand v 17 Oppositions 1975-2015 79 48 30 0 1 61.53 %

As of 29 March 2015

The Win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

ICC Champions Trophy[edit]

ICC Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Tie N/R Win %
Bangladesh Wills International Cup 1998 Quarter-finals 5th 2 1 1 0 0 50.00 %
Kenya ICC KnockOut Trophy 2000 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 0 100 %
Sri Lanka ICC Champions Trophy 2002 First round 8th 2 1 1 0 0 50.00 %
England ICC Champions Trophy 2004 First round 5th 2 1 1 0 0 50.00 %
India ICC Champions Trophy 2006 Semi-finals 4th 4 2 2 0 0 50.00 %
South Africa ICC Champions Trophy 2009 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 0 60.00 %
England ICC Champions Trophy 2013 First round 5th 3 1 1 0 1 50.00 %
Overview Champions (once) 1st in Kenya ICC KnockOut Trophy 2000 21 12 8 0 1 60.00 %
Results summary (by opposition)
Team Opposition Span Played Won Lost Tie N/R Win %
 New Zealand v  Australia 2002-2013 5 0 4 0 1 0.00 %
v  Bangladesh 2002-2002 1 1 0 0 0 100 %
v  England 2009-2013 2 1 1 0 0 50.00 %
v  India 2000-2000 1 1 0 0 0 100 %
v  Pakistan 2000-2009 3 3 0 0 0 100 %
v  South Africa 2006-2009 2 1 1 0 0 50.00 %
v  Sri Lanka 1998-2013 4 2 2 0 0 50.00 %
v  United States 2004-2004 1 1 0 0 0 100 %
v  Zimbabwe 1998-2000 2 2 0 0 0 100 %
 New Zealand v 9 Oppositions 1998-2013 21 12 8 0 1 60.00 %

As of 23 June 2013

The Win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

ICC World Twenty20[edit]

ICC World Twenty20 record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Tie+Won Tie+Lost N/R Win %
South Africa ICC World Twenty20 2007 Semi-finals 4th 6 3 3 0 0 0 50.00 %
England ICC World Twenty20 2009 Super 8s 5th 5 2 3 0 0 0 40.00 %
West Indies Cricket Board ICC World Twenty20 2010 Super 8s 5th 5 3 2 0 0 0 60.00 %
Sri Lanka ICC World Twenty20 2012 Super Eight Stage 7th 5 1 2 0 2 0 40.00 %
Bangladesh ICC World Twenty20 2014 Super 10 6th 4 2 2 0 0 0 50.00 %
India ICC World Twenty20 2016
Australia New Zealand ICC World Twenty20 2020
Overview Semi-finals (1 time) 4th in South Africa ICC World Twenty20 2007 25 11 12 0 2 0 48.00 %
Results summary (by opposition)
Team Opposition Span Played Won Lost Tie+Won Tie+Lost N/R Win %
 New Zealand v  Bangladesh 2012-2012 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
v  England 2007-2014 4 2 2 0 0 0 50.00 %
v  India 2007-2007 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
v  Ireland 2009-2009 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
v  Kenya 2007-2007 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
v  Netherlands 2014-2014 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
v  Pakistan 2007-2012 4 1 3 0 0 0 25.00 %
v  Scotland 2009-2009 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
v  South Africa 2007-2014 4 0 4 0 0 0 0.00 %
v  Sri Lanka 2007-2014 5 1 3 0 1 0 30.00 %
v  West Indies 2012-2012 1 0 0 0 1 0 50.00 %
v  Zimbabwe 2010-2010 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
 New Zealand v 12 Oppositions 2007-2014 25 11 12 0 2 0 48.00 %

As of 6 April 2014

Tie+Won and Tie+Lost indicates matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over").
The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Commonwealth Games record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Tie N/R Win %
Malaysia 1998 Semi-finalists (Bronze Medal) 3/16 5 4 1 0 0 80 %
Overall Semi-finals (Bronze Medal) 3rd 5 4 1 0 0 80 %

World Championship of Cricket[edit]

World Championship of Cricket record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Tie N/R Win %
Australia 1985 Semi-finals 4/7 3 1 1 0 1 50 %
Overall Semi-finals 4th 3 1 1 0 1 50 %

Austral-Asia Cup[edit]

  • 1986: semi-finals
  • 1990: semi-finals
  • 1994: semi-finals

Reliance ICC Rankings[edit]

Reliance ICC Test Rankings[edit]

ICC Test Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  South Africa 21 2738 130
2  Australia 26 2894 111
3  Pakistan 24 2419 101
4  New Zealand 29 2875 99
5  India 23 2242 97
6  England 29 2920 97
7  Sri Lanka 25 2307 92
8  West Indies 26 2101 81
9  Bangladesh 19 783 41
10  Zimbabwe 10 53 5
Reference: ICC Rankings, 7 July 2015

Reliance ICC ODI Rankings[edit]

Reliance ICC ODI Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 38 4889 129
2  India 51 5875 115
3  New Zealand 42 4710 112
4  South Africa 49 5360 109
5  Sri Lanka 60 6204 103
6  England 47 4592 98
7  Bangladesh 34 3253 96
8  Pakistan 50 4487 90
9  West Indies 35 3094 88
10  Ireland 11 549 50
11  Zimbabwe 33 1420 43
12  Afghanistan 15 618 41
Reference: ICC Rankings, 26 July 2015

Reliance ICC T20I Rankings[edit]

ICC T20I Championship
Rank Change[citation needed] Team Matches Points Rating
1 Steady  Sri Lanka 13 1760 135
2 Increase  Australia 16 1953 122
3 Decrease  India 12 1413 118
4 Steady  West Indies 17 1994 117
5 Steady  Pakistan 20 2277 114
6 Steady  South Africa 21 2336 111
7 Steady  New Zealand 16 1706 107
8 Steady  England 16 1653 103
9 Steady  Afghanistan 9 671 75
10 Steady  Bangladesh 10 733 73
11 Steady  Scotland 9 529 59
12 Steady  Netherlands 13 763 59
13 Steady  Zimbabwe 9 509 57
14 Steady  Ireland 9 413 46
15 Steady    Nepal 10 273 27
Insufficient matches
Steady  Papua New Guinea 2 190[citation needed] 95
Steady  Hong Kong 5 369[citation needed] 74
Steady  United Arab Emirates 5 0[citation needed] 0
Reference: ICC Rankings, 19 July 2015

Result Summary[edit]

Test Matches[edit]

Result summary/Test matches
Opposition Played Won Lost Tied Draw W/L % Won % Lost % Drawn
 Australia 52 8 27 0 17 0.29 15.38 % 51.92 % 32.69 %
 Bangladesh 11 8 0 0 3 - 72.72 % 0.00 % 27.27 %
 England 101 9 48 0 44 0.18 8.91 % 47.52 % 43.56 %
 India 54 10 18 0 26 0.55 18.51 % 33.33 % 48.14 %
 Pakistan 53 8 24 0 21 0.33 15.09 % 45.28 % 39.62 %
 South Africa 40 4 23 0 13 0.17 10.00 % 57.50 % 32.50 %
 Sri Lanka 30 12 8 0 10 1.50 40.00 % 26.66 % 33.33 %
 West Indies 45 13 13 0 19 1.00 28.88 % 28.88 % 42.22 %
 Zimbabwe 15 9 0 0 6 - 60.00 % 0.00 % 40.00 %
Total 401 81 161 0 159 0.50 20.19 % 40.14 % 39.65 %

As of 2 June 2015

One-Day International Matches[edit]

Opposition Played Won Lost Tie NR  % Won[16]
Test Members
 Australia 127 35 86 0 6 28.92%
 Bangladesh 25 17 8 0 0 68.00%
 England 83 41 36 2 4 53.16%
 India 93 41 46 1 5 47.15%
 Pakistan 96 40 53 1 2 43.08%
 South Africa 62 21 36 0 5 36.84%
 Sri Lanka 90 42 40 1 7 51.20%
 West Indies 61 24 30 0 7 44.44%
 Zimbabwe 35 25 8 1 1 75.00%
Associate/Affiliate Members
 Afghanistan 1 1 0 0 0 100%
 Canada 3 3 0 0 0 100%
East Africa 1 1 0 0 0 100%
 Ireland 2 2 0 0 0 100%
 Kenya 2 2 0 0 0 100%
 Netherlands 1 1 0 0 0 100%
 Scotland 3 3 0 0 0 100%
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 0 100%
 United States 1 1 0 0 0 100%
Total 687 301 343 6 37 46.76%[17]

As of 20 June 2015

The Win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

T20 International Matches[edit]

Opposition Played Won Lost Tie+W Tie+L NR  % Won[18]
 Australia 5 3 1 1 0 0 20.00 %
 Bangladesh 3 3 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
 England 12 4 7 0 0 1 33.33 %
 India 4 4 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
 Ireland 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
 Kenya 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
 Netherlands 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
 Pakistan 11 4 7 0 0 0 36.36 %
 Scotland 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
 South Africa 12 3 9 0 0 0 25.00 %
 Sri Lanka 13 5 6 0 1 1 45.83 %
 West Indies 10 4 3 1 2 0 55.00%
 Zimbabwe 5 5 0 0 0 0 100.00 %
Total 79 36 36 2 3 2 50.00 %[19]

As of 5 December 2014

Tie+Won and Tie+Lost indicates matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over").
The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

Series Results[edit]

Test Matches[edit]

Opposition Series Played Series Won Series Lost Series Drawn W/L  % Won  % Lost  % Drawn
 Australia 21 3 12 6 0.25 14.28 % 57.14 % 28.57 %
 Bangladesh 6 5 0 1 - 83.33 % 0.00 % 16.67 %
 England 35 3 23 9 0.13 8.57 % 65.71 % 25.71 %
 India 19 5 10 4 0.50 26.31 % 52.63 % 21.05 %
 Pakistan 21 2 13 6 0.15 9.52 % 61.90 % 28.57 %
 South Africa 14 0 11 3 0.00 0.00 % 78.57 % 21.42 %
 Sri Lanka 14 5 4 5 1.25 35.71 % 28.57 % 35.71 %
 West Indies 16 6 6 4 1.00 37.50 % 37.50 % 25.00 %
 Zimbabwe 9 6 0 3 - 66.67 % 0.00 % 33.33 %
Total 155 35 79 41 0.44 22.58 % 50.96 % 26.45 %

As of 2 June 2015

One-Day Internationals[edit]

Opposition Series Played Series Won Series Lost Series Drawn  % Won
 Australia 16 3 9 4 25.00 %
 Bangladesh 6 4 2 0 66.67 %
 England 18 8 6 4 57.14 %
 India 11 4 5 2 44.44 %
 Pakistan 19 11 7 1 61.11 %
 South Africa 8 2 6 0 25.00 %
 Sri Lanka 14 7 3 4 70.00 %
 West Indies 11 4 6 1 40.00 %
 Zimbabwe 8 5 2 1 71.42 %
Total 111 48 46 17 51.06 %

As of 20 June 2015

The One-Day International Series results only counts bilateral series and excludes multi-national tournaments.
The Win percentage excludes drawn series.

Twenty20 Internationals[edit]

Opposition Series Played Series Won Series Lost Series Drawn  % Won
 Australia 4 0 3 1 0.00 %
 Bangladesh 2 2 0 0 100.00 %
 England 4 1 3 0 25.00 %
 India 2 2 0 0 100.00 %
 Pakistan 3 1 1 1 50.00 %
 South Africa 4 1 3 0 25.00 %
 Sri Lanka 5 1 1 3 50.00 %
 West Indies 5 2 1 2 66.67 %
 Zimbabwe 2 2 0 0 100.00 %
Total 31 12 12 7 50.00 %

As of 5 December 2014

The Twenty20 International Series results only counts bilateral series and excludes multi-national tournaments.
The Win percentage excludes drawn series.

Records[edit]

World records[edit]

  • Richard Hadlee, one of New Zealand and the world's best all-rounders, took the world record for most Test wickets (374) vs India at Bangalore in 1988. He lost the record to Kapil Dev. Hadlee was the first bowler to reach 400 Test wickets vs India at Christchurch in 1990
  • Corey Anderson holds record for the second fastest century in the history of One Day International cricket or any other format of international cricket. Playing against West Indies, he scored his ton in just 36 balls.
  • In a One Day International in 1996, the entire New Zealand team were awarded man of the match in this match against the West Indies, the first such occasion.
  • Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe held the highest ever 3rd-wicket partnership in Tests which at the time was the highest partnership for any wicket.[20]
  • Brian Hastings and Richard Collinge together scored 151 runs for the highest ever 10th-wicket partnership against Pakistan in 1973.[20]
  • Nathan Astle scored Test cricket's fastest ever double century versus England Christchurch 2002.[21] He scored 200 off 153 balls with the second hundred coming off just 39 deliveries. He was eventually out for 222—the dreaded double Nelson. He knocked the first hundred off 114 balls. Astle smashed the record by 59 balls, previously held by Adam Gilchrist Australia vs South Africa Johannesburg 2002.
  • Brendon McCullum holds the record for most career runs 2105, most sixes 87 & the first batsman to score two centuries 116* vs Australia and 123 vs Bangladesh in Twenty20 International Cricket.
  • Brendon McCullum held another record for the Highest Individual Score in Twenty20 International Cricket, when he scored 123 vs Bangladesh at Pallekele. He lost the record to Aaron Finch who scored 156* against England at Southampton.
  • Chris Cairns and his father Lance Cairns are one of the two father-son combination to each claim 100 Test wickets, South Africa's Peter and Shaun Pollock being the other.
  • Chris Cairns held the record for the most Test sixes.[22] He passed Viv Richards record of 84 (vs England, Lord's, London, 2004) and retired from Test cricket with 87. He has since been passed by both Adam Gilchrist (the current record holder) and Brian Lara.
  • Chris Harris (vs England, Lord's, London, 2004), Daniel Vettori and Christopher Cairns are the only New Zealand cricketers to have taken 200 wickets in ODIs. (cricinfo). Christopher Harris and Christopher Cairns are the only two New Zealand cricketers in ODIs to complete the 4000 run / 200 wicket double. The others are Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya, South African Jacques Kallis, and Pakistani's Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq). (cricinfo). [Christopher Harris] holds the record for the most ODI caught and bowled dismissals, with 29.[23]
  • John Bracewell became the first – and so far only – substitute fielder to take four catches in a One-Day International, vs Australia in Adelaide on 23 November 1980.
  • Daniel Vettori became the first cricketer to take four wickets and score a half-century in each innings of a test match, a feat he achieved against Bangladesh in October 2008 at Chittagong. His figures were 5/95 and 4/74 with the ball and 55* and 76 with the bat.[24]

Notable[edit]

  • New Zealand dismissed Zimbabwe (Harare 2005) twice in the same day for totals of 59 and 99. Zimbabwe became only the second team (after India at Manchester in 1952) to be dismissed twice in the same day. The whole Test was completed inside two days.[25] This feat was then repeated at Napier in 2012 when NZ dismissed Zimbabwe for 51 and 143 to end the match within three days.[26]
  • Brendon McCullum scored NZ's fastest Test century. (vs Sri Lanka 2014), off 74 balls.
  • Martin Guptill holds the record for the highest one-day cricket innings by a New Zealander, with 237 Not out against West Indies in the 2015 World Cup 4th Quarter Final in Wellington.[27]
  • Brendon McCullum scored the fastest World Cup fifty (off 18 balls) for New Zealand in a Pool A Match of 2015 Cricket World Cup against England, beating his own 20-ball record set against Canada in World Cup (2007) earlier.
  • In a match for the New Zealanders (i.e., the New Zealand national team playing a tour match against non-test opposition) at Scarborough, Yorkshire, in 1986 vs the D.B. Close XI, Ken Rutherford scored 317 runs off just 245 balls, including 228 runs in fours and sixes. In terms of balls faced, this is almost certainly one of the four fastest first-class triple-centuries ever recorded.[28]
  • Shane Bond took an ODI hat-trick in the last over (innings bowling figures: 10–0–61–4) vs Australia at Hobart in January 2007.[29]
  • Tim Southee took a Twenty20 hat-trick, taking 5–18 in the match against Pakistan.
  • Brendon McCullum holds the record for the highest Test innings by a New Zealander of 302 (vs India in 2014).

See also[edit]

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