On November 27, New Zealand plays in Adelaide for just the fifth time in 40 years.
Adelaide Oval hasn’t been kind to the Black Caps, with three big losses and a draw.
Jan 26-31, 1974: Australia 477; New Zealand 218 and 202. Australia won by an innings and 57 runs
New Zealand’s first Adelaide Test was in 1974, the first series in almost 30 years. Australia went into the third and final Test with a 1-0 lead. Beginning on Australia Day, the Aussies were a formidable 6/332, with Kerry O’Keefe (58 not out) and Rod Marsh (44 not out) capitalising on early runs from Doug Walters (94) and Greg Chappell (42). O’Keefe and Marsh continued on the second morning, their partnership reaching 168. Marsh scored 132 and O’ Keefe 85. Spinner David O’Sullivan toiled away for 5/132. The poor old Kiwis never stood a chance. By stumps on day three (with a rest day to follow), they were 4/98 in their second innings, following-on from 218 all out (O’Keefe 3/55). Day four was abandoned and New Zealand lost 6/104 on day five, defeated by an innings and 57 runs. Geoff Dymock took 5/58 while captain Bevan Congdon (71 not out) showed some resistance in New Zealand’s second innings.
Dec 11-15, 1987: New Zealand 485/9d and 182/7; Australia 496. Match Drawn
New Zealand returned to Adelaide in 1987 with brighter prospects. They drew in 1981/82 and won 3-1 during six home and away Tests in 1985/86. Australia took a 1-0 lead into Adelaide and kept that advantage after a high-scoring draw. Batting first, Andrew Jones (150) complied 128 for the second wicket with John Wright (45) and 213 with Martin Crowe (137) for the third wicket. Strong lower-order runs allowed New Zealand to declare at 9/485. Captain Allan Border, who’d single-handedly dragged the Aussies through the dire eighties, was rewarded with 205, sharing partnerships of 116 with Steve Waugh (61) and 154 with Peter Sleep (62). Australia ensured a draw by batting into day five, (wicketkeeper Greg Dyer scoring 60 from number eight), as Australia made 496. Richard Hadlee bowled 42 overs for 5/68. Jones (64) and Dipak Patel (40) enjoyed some second innings batting practice. Australia won the series with another draw in the MCG Boxing Day Test.
Nov 26-30, 2004: Australia 575/8d and 139/2d; New Zealand 251 and 250. Australia won by 213 runs
It was 17 years before New Zealand (now nicknamed the Black Caps) visited Adelaide for another Test. The 2004/05 edition was a minimum two-Test series. Australia won by an innings at the Gabba and won almost as easily in Adelaide. Mark Richardson (in a lovely beige and brown body suit) did manage to beat Darren Lehmann in the post-match 110 metre “sprint” (complete with beer keg hurdles). At least the race was for a good cause, with $200 going to Intellectually Handicapped Children (IHC) and $1000 to the Shane Warne Foundation.
The actual Test match was a snooze. Australia made 8/575 declared as Justin Langer (215) compiled 137 with fellow opener Matthew Hayden (70), 103 with Ponting (68) and 184 with Lehmann (81). Half-centuries from Shane Warne (53 not out) and Gilchrist (50) continued the torture. Daniel Vettori bowled 55.2 overs for 5/152. Captain Steven Fleming (83) and Nathan Astle (52) provided some resistance as opening bowlers Glenn McGrath (4/66) and Jason Gillespie (3/37) dismissed New Zealand for 251. Resuming at 0/57 on day four, Australia declared at 2/139, with Hayden (54) and Langer (46) adding 93. The target of 464 was well beyond the Black Caps, in trouble at 4/34 after 20 overs. Vettori (59), Jacob Oram (40), Astle (38) and Brendon McCullum (36) dragged the game into the fifth day and creating anticipation for the Richardson v Lehmann race. McGrath (2/32), Kasprowicz (2/39), Gillespie (2/41), Lehmann (2/46) and Warne (2/79) shared the wickets.
Nov 28-Dec 1, 2008: New Zealand 270 and 203; Australia 535. Australia won by an innings and 62 runs
New Zealand returned to Adelaide four years later, again given the minimum two-Test series. Australia, again, complemented a big Gabba win with an even bigger win at Adelaide. New Zealand was competitive on day one, reaching 6/262 (Aaron Redmond 83, Ross Taylor 44). The tail fell in the second morning, with Brett Lee taking 4/66. Australia’s reply was highlighted by big tons for Brad Haddin (169), Michael Clarke (110) and fifties for Ponting (79) and Mike Hussey (70). Trailing by 265, New Zealand were 0/35 heading into day four. Another five wickets to Lee (5/105) saw New Zealand lose 10/168 in 65 overs.