New Zealand Cricket (Inc.) Annual Report
WINNING teamsThe National Bank SeriesVersus Sri Lanka in New Zealand, December – January & April 2005One ODI – Won 1Two Tests – Won 1, Drew 1The National Bank Series against Sri Lanka was called off soon afterthe ODI at Eden Park on Boxing Day, to allow the Sri Lankan players toreturn home following the tsunami.Sri Lanka returned in late March to play the two Test matches whichextended the international season into April. The BLACKCAPS drewthe first match at Napier and won the second match atWellington by an innings and 38 runs.Lou Vincent scored 224 in a superb battingperformance in the second Test while HamishMarshall (160) and Nathan Astle (114) scoredcenturies in Napier.Chris Martin took 6-54 in the Test atWellington, including five wickets inthe first session of the game.The rescheduled ODI series is to beplayed early next year.Versus FICA World XI in New Zealand, January 2005Three One-day matches – Won 2, Lost 1Following the cancellation of the series against Sri Lanka, NZCworked with the NZCPA and FICA to organise a three-match one-dayseries between the BLACKCAPS and a FICA World XI.The first match, in Christchurch, sawStephen Fleming hit 106 off just57 balls including nine sixes, in amatch convincingly won by theBLACKCAPS.The FICA XI then won thematch at Wellington by threewickets despite Nathan Astlescoring 109.The final match at Hamiltonwas won by the BLACKCAPS ona sub-standard pitch whichreceived criticism from playersand the media. Chris Cairnstook 6-12 during the FICAXI innings.20
WINNING teamsVersus Australia in New Zealand, February – March 2005Three Tests – Lost 2, Drew 1Five ODIs – Lost 5One Twenty20 – Lost 1There was great anticipation around the arrival of the Australianteam in February following the drawn Chappell-Hadlee Trophy seriesin December.The tour began with the first ever men’s international Twenty20match, which was played in front of a capacity crowd at Eden Park.Australia won the match by 44 runs.The BLACKCAPS looked promising during the first ODI in Wellington,losing a match they should have won and were thenoutclassed by the number one ranked Australian side for theremainder of the series.BLACKCAPS Roll of HonourFour new Test Caps were awarded during the 2004/05 year:Black Cap # 227 Kyle Mills vs England at NottinghamBlack Cap # 228 Craig Cumming vs Australia at ChristchurchBlack Cap # 229 Iain O'Brien vs Australia at ChristchurchBlack Cap # 230 James Marshall vs Australia at AucklandAustralia went on to dominate the Test series, winningtwo Tests and drawing one rain affected match.Hamish Marshall scored 146 and Daniel Vettori took5-106 in the Test at Christchurch while James Franklintook 6-119 in the Test at Auckland.21The BLACKCAPS were hampered by theunavailability through injury of a large number ofkey players during the ODI series and the Testseries. The tour by Australia showed that theBLACKCAPS still have a long way to go toclose the gap on the world’s numberone team.