New Zealand national cricket team

New Zealand national cricket team
New Zealand
New Zealand cricket crest

New Zealand cricket crest
Test status granted 1930
First Test match v England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, 10–13 January 1930
Captain Ross Taylor
Coach John Wright
Official ICC Test and ODI ranking 8th (Test), 7th (ODI) [1]
Test matches
- This year
Last Test match v Pakistan at Wellington, 15 January 2011 – 19 January 2011
- This year
As of 4 February 2011

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.[1] They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

The current Test, One-day and Twenty20 captain is Ross Taylor. Taylor 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 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.[2] Official New Zealand Cricket sources typeset the nickname as BLACKCAPS.

As of July 2011, New Zealand have played 364 Test matches, winning 68, losing 147 and drawing 149.[3]



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 in to the Bay of Islands on its epic circumnavigation of the Earth and Darwin witnessed a game of cricket played by freed Maori slaves and the son of a missionary at Waimate North. Darwin in The Voyage of the Beagle wrote:[4]

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 NZ. England sent 6 teams, Australia 15 and Fiji 1.

On 15–17 February 1894 the first team representing New Zealand played New South Wales at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. NSW won by 160 runs. New South Wales returned again in 1895–96 and NZ 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 NZ from a thrashing in the first match but not the second which NZ lost by an innings and 358 runs – currently the second largest defeat in NZ first-class cricket.

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 NZ was granted Test status.

In 1929/30 the M.C.C toured NZ and played 4 Tests all of 3 days in duration. NZ 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.

NZ first played South Africa in 1931–32 but were unable to secure Test matches against any teams other than England before World War II ended all Test cricket for 7 years. NZ'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 NZ players who appeared in this match probably did not appreciate this move by the ICC as NZ were dismissed for 42 and 54. The New Zealand Cricket Council's unwillingness to pay Australian players a decent allowance to tour NZ ensured that this was the only Test Australia played against NZ between 1929 and 1972.

In 1949 NZ 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.

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

In 1954/55 NZ recorded the lowest ever innings total, 26 against England. The following season NZ achieved its first Test victory. The first 3 Tests of a 4 Test series were won easily by the West Indies but NZ won the fourth to notch up its first Test victory. It had taken them 45 matches and 26 years. In the next 20 years NZ won only 7 more Tests. For most of this period NZ lacked a class bowler to lead their attack although they had 2 excellent batsmen in Glenn Turner and Bert Sutcliffe and a great all-rounder in John R. Reid.

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

During the 1980s NZ 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 match that epitomized the phenomenon of NZ’s two star players (R. Hadlee and M. Crowe) putting in match winning performances and other players making good contributions was NZ v Australia, 1985 at Brisbane. In Australia's first innings Hadlee took 9-52. In NZ'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. NZ won by an innings and 41 runs.

One-day cricket also gave NZ a chance to compete more regularly than Test cricket with the better sides in world cricket. In one-day cricket a batsman doesn’t need to score centuries to win games for his side and bowlers don’t 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 famous one-day match was the infamous "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 the New Zealand batsman 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 NZ lost this game by 149 runs. However, Lance's greatest contribution to NZ cricket was his son Chris Cairns.

The Black Caps logo.

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, NZ’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 continue to represent New Zealand in Test cricket.

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 NZ.

Current squad

This is a list of active players who have played for New Zealand in the last year. Iain O'Brien and Shane Bond have played during this period, but has since retired from international cricket.[5] Players in bold have a central contract for 2010–11.[6] Jacob Oram has also played Test cricket in this period, but have since retired from the format.[7][8]

Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic team Forms S/N
Opening Batsmen
Martin Guptill 25 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Auckland Test, ODI, Twenty20 31
Peter Ingram 33 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Central Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 19
Tim McIntosh 32 Left-Handed Bat Auckland Test
Aaron Redmond 32 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg Spin Otago ODI, Twenty20 29
Jesse Ryder 27 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Wellington Test, ODI, Twenty20 77
BJ Watling 26 Right-Handed Bat Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 47
Middle-Order Batsmen
Neil Broom 28 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Otago ODI, Twenty20 4
Peter Fulton 32 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Canterbury Test 50
Daniel Flynn 26 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Slow Northern Districts Test 30
Mathew Sinclair 36 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Central Districts Test 18
Shanan Stewart 29 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Canterbury ODI 26
Ross Taylor 27 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Central Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 3
Gareth Hopkins 34 Right-Handed Bat Auckland Test, ODI, Twenty20 48
Brendon McCullum 30 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Otago Test, ODI, Twenty20 42
Reece Young 32 Right-Handed Canterbury Test
Daniel Vettori 32 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Northern Districts Test 11
Kane Williamson 21 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 22
Grant Elliott 32 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Wellington Test, ODI 88
Nathan McCullum 31 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Otago ODI, Twenty20 15
Jacob Oram 33 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Central Districts ODI, Twenty20 24
James Franklin 31 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Medium-Fast Wellington Test, ODI, Twenty20 70
Pace Bowlers
Brent Arnel 32 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Northern Districts Test
Hamish Bennett 24 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Canterbury ODI, Test 52
Ian Butler 29 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast Otago ODI, Twenty20 2
Chris Martin 36 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Auckland Test 32
Andy McKay 31 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Fast-Medium Wellington ODI 55
Kyle Mills 32 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Auckland ODI, Twenty20 37
Tim Southee 22 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm-Fast-Medium Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 38
Daryl Tuffey 33 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Auckland Test, ODI, Twenty20 14
Michael Mason 37 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Central Districts ODI 45
Adam Milne 19 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast Central Districts Twenty20 2
Spin Bowlers
Jeetan Patel 31 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Wellington Test, ODI 39
Luke Woodcock 29 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Wellington ODI, Twenty20 4

Tournament history

World Cup

ICC Knockout & ICC Champions Trophy

  • ICC Knockout 1998: Quarter Finals
  • ICC Knockout 2000: Winners
  • ICC Champions Trophy 2002: First round
  • ICC Champions Trophy 2004: First round
  • ICC Champions Trophy 2006: Semi Finals
  • ICC Champions Trophy 2009: Runners Up

Twenty20 World Championship

  • 2007: Semi Finals
  • 2009: Super Eight Stage
  • 2010: Super Eight Stage

Commonwealth Games

  • 1998: Bronze medal

World Championship of Cricket

1985: Fourth

Austral-Asia Cup

  • 1986: Semi Finals
  • 1990: Semi Finals
  • 1994: Semi Finals

Tournament victories

  • ICC Knock-Out Trophy Nairobi Gymkhana Club Nairobi Kenya 2000. New Zealand beat India in the final.
  • 2003 Bank Alfala Series Trophy held in Sri Lanka (New Zealand, Pakistan,Sri Lanka)
  • 2004 NatWest Series Trophy held in England (West Indies, England,New Zealand).
  • 2005 Videocon TriSeries held in Zimbabwe (India, Zimbabwe,New Zealand).

Results summary

Test Matches One-Day Games Twenty/20 Games
Played 359 584 33
Won 68 255 13
Lost 146 294 17
Tied 0 5 3
Drawn / No Result 146 30 0

updated 1 April 2010.


World records

  • 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
  • In 1998, New Zealand played against Pakistan and become the only team who got individual man of the match awards to all of the 11 players, after this judgement Man of the match award is also known as Men of the match award.
  • 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.[10]
  • Brian Hastings and Richard Collinge together scored 151 runs for the highest ever 10th-wicket partnership against Pakistan in 1973.[10]
  • Nathan Astle scored Test cricket's fastest ever double century versus England Christchurch 2002.[11] 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).
  • Geoff Allott holds the record for the longest time taken to score a duck.[12] South Africa Auckland 1999. He faced 77 balls in 101 minutes for his zero score.
  • Danny Morrison held another "unwanted" record for the most ducks in Test cricket—(24). He lost the record to Courtney Walsh.
  • 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.[13] 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.</ref>(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).</ref>(cricinfo). [Christopher Harris] holds the record for the most ODI caught and bowled dismissals, with 29.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • The New Zealand team holds the dubious honour of the record for the most consecutive Test series played without a win – 30 series between 1929–30 and 1969–70 (40 years), comfortably ahead of Bangladesh on 16 series.[16]
  • This is New Zealand's sixth ten-wicket win in ODIs, and their second in World Cups on 4 March 2011 against Zimbabwe. Their first one was against Kenya in their opening game of this tournament. It's Zimbabwe's second ten-wicket defeat in World Cups - their first one was in 1983 against West Indies. The 166-run partnership between Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum is New Zealand's fourth-highest for the opening wicket in ODIs, and their highest in World Cups. It's only their fourth century stand for the first wicket in World Cups. Guptill and McCullum have an average of 51.38 per completed partnership for the opening wicket in ODIs. Among pairs who've scored more than 500 runs for New Zealand, only two have a higher average. Before this knock, McCullum had gone 12 innings without getting a half-century, averaging 17.54 during that period.


  • 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.
  • Ross Taylor scored NZ's fastest Test century. (vs Australia 2010), off 81 balls
  • Lou Vincent holds the record for the highest one-day cricket innings by a New Zealander of 172 (vs Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2005). The previous best was Glenn Turner 171 not out (vs East Africa at Birmingham in 1975). Vincent and captain Stephen Fleming broke the New Zealand one-day opening partnership record against all countries. Their total of 204 beat Fleming and Nathan Astle's 193 (vs Pakistan at Dunedin in 2000–2001). The team total of 397 was just one run short of the then record one-day total of 398 (Sri Lanka vs Kenya at Kandy in 1996).
  • Brendon McCullum scored the fastest World Cup (2007) fifty (off 20 balls) for New Zealand against Canada, beating Mark Boucher's 21-ball record set against the Netherlands six days 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 .[17]
  • Shane Bond also took an ODI hat-trick (innings bowling figures as follows:10-0-61-4) vs Australia at Hobart in January 2007.
  • Tim Southee took a Twenty20 hat-trick, taking 5-18 in the match against Pakistan

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