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Ten classic Australia versus New Zealand Test moments

I think NZ got their one off test at Waca in 1989 only because there was a void in aus home schedule. With Hobert given a test against SL 6 tests was necessary to satisfy all the major venues.

The trans-Tasman series gets its long-overdue top billing

In the 1st test at Lords in 1977 Willis took 9 wickets against the Aussies including 7 for 78 in the 1st innings. But the match ended in a draw. Willis was pumped up for this match as back in 1974 75 he along with Peter Lever came 2nd best in the battle of short pitched bowling against the Aussie quickies. This btw was Mike Brearleys 1st test as captain

Bob Willis: Beyond the Ashes heroics

I once heard in the BBC TMS that during the Eng vs Leeward Island match in 1974; Willis had a row with Andy Roberts over bouncers bowled to tail enders. Roberts was still little known outside WI. I have searched the websites but didn’t find anything concrete about it. Anyone here knows anything about that incidence.

Bob Willis: Beyond the Ashes heroics

No you are absolutely correct. No relations between the two though.

Winding back the clock to a trans-Tasman classic in Perth

JF Reid was an interesting member of the Kiwi team in the early 1980’s. A left hander, he averages over 46 in tests, but only played 19 tests. Cricket wasn’t his main priority and he frequently remained unavailable. At the Cricket NZ lost patience and he was discarded after the 1985-86 season.
His name often comes in trivia questions. His 1st innings avg is 68+ while his 2nd innings avg is a meager 12.
He is the cousin of Aussie quickie Bruce Reid.

Winding back the clock to a trans-Tasman classic in Perth

Crowe was sheer class. With due respect to Kane and Ross. Crowe was a class apart. also, the current team doesn’t have any Richard Hadlee.

Winding back the clock to a trans-Tasman classic in Perth

Slightly off topic- some people suggests that the current NZ team is the strongest to tour Aus. I think the 1985 team was very good. Ok, the Aus at the time were not great; but I would still give the Kiwi side a lot of credit. They didn’t play the kind of exciting cricket that Kane & Co. can produce; but they were efficient and effective.

Winding back the clock to a trans-Tasman classic in Perth

Really looking forward to the upcoming series after Pakistan became such a disappointment.

Winding back the clock to a trans-Tasman classic in Perth

Andrew Jones, the man who missed the test along with Hadlee was an interesting batsman. After making his international debut at the age of 27, he scored almost 3000 runs at an average of 44+. His test average is better than his FC average. He scored 7 hundreds, 4 of these he went 140+.Certainly knew how to play in Aus; 150 at Adelaide Oval in 1987-his first test hundred plus 143 at WACA,1993.
There was nothing flashy about his batting. he hardly ever drove off the front foot;it used to be more of a push than a drive.

Winding back the clock to a trans-Tasman classic in Perth

Thanks to everyone for their thoughtful comments.

Winding back the clock to a trans-Tasman classic in Perth

The case of Norman O”Neill at Bombay in 1964 65 was interesting. He developed stomach problem just as the match began and didn’t play any part in the match. It was too late to change the team. I think Norman spent the whole match at the hospital

Travis Head’s unique place in Australian Test cricket history

Thanks

The captain's knocks: Part 1

Off Topic: RIP Bob Willis. Of course the Aussies will always remember him for that Headingley haul.

The captain’s knocks: Part 2

Wasim Akram as a captain scored a double hundred (possibly 257) against Zim in 1996. But, the opposition bowling wasn’t the most penetrative. Also, by the mid 1990’s my interest in the game was severely damaged amidst the match fixing allegations.

The captain’s knocks: Part 2

After emerging as a national team player in the late 1980’s Akram Khan became a great favorite of both the crowd and the media. Two reasons were behind it, his big fat belly and his name. When he played in the Australasia cup at Sharjah in 1990, the Pak commentators described him as the combination of Wasim Akram & Imran Khan.
An English cricket writer went a bit further. In the spring of 1995, the Eng A team led by Allan Wells came to Dhaka to play two matches. They were on their way home after long tour of India. Akram was the local team captain, but he was badly struggling for form at the time. So, the pundit wrote ‘his two names belies his modest abilities’.
Thankfully, Akram regained his form the next season. BTW, Akram is the uncle of Tamim. Tamim’s elder brother Nafis Iqbal, a right handed opening bat has also played in tests.

The captain’s knocks: Part 2

Brian Lara’s match winnings hundred against the Aussies in 1999 was a great effort. I went for the Lloyd effort partly because the venue being the Eden gardens. Test matches at the Eden gardens with Bengali commentary from Kamal Da and Ajay Da are integral parts of my boyhood memories.

The captain's knocks: Part 1

I would really welcome the roarers own memories of great captain’s knocks.

The captain's knocks: Part 1

I specially remember the Gatting effort as before the Tigers became a test playing team I was a big fan of Pak cricket. They outplayed the Poms at Lahore and I was expecting something similar at Faisalabad. Gatting’s brilliant counter attack surprised me completely.

The captain's knocks: Part 1

I was a big fan of both Mohsin Khan and Qasim Omar. Interestingly both disappeared from the international arena quite mysteriously in early 1987.

Australia versus Pakistan: three memorable Tests at the Adelaide Oval

Thanks for the comment and also the correction. I remember the Aussies at the time had very high hopes on him. Didn’t quite fulfill his early promise.

Australia versus Pakistan: three memorable Tests at the Adelaide Oval

As always with Pak cricket there were few stories behind the story. The 1976-77 series very nearly didn’t take place. Just months before, a group of senior Pak players, led by Asif Iqbal threatened to boycott the tour demanding greater pay. Pak cricketers at the time indeed were very poorly paid.
The tour went ahead after the issue was settled with the help of a high level government official.
But, Karder, the board president wasn’t happy about this outside interference. And he soon resigned from his post.
When Asif was out for a duck in the 1st innings at Adelaide, there were people back in Pak making fun of him. But, Asif responded in the most emphatic manner with 152* here and 120 at SCG.

Australia versus Pakistan: three memorable Tests at the Adelaide Oval

And thanks for the comments.

Australia versus Pakistan: three memorable Tests at the Adelaide Oval

Yes, I know the Thommo story. He was very keen to impress in this series as he had struggled against the Pak in his debut test 4 years earlier.

Australia versus Pakistan: three memorable Tests at the Adelaide Oval

Thanks. Yes, Pakistan has a mountain to climb. The bowling looks very ordinary. The worst part for them is that Australia’s best batsman hasn’t come to the wicket yet.

Australia versus Pakistan: three memorable Tests at the Adelaide Oval