Events In History


New Zealand cricket

  • New Zealand cricket

    Relive some of the highs and lows in the history of New Zealand's most popular summer team sport, cricket. Although the game has been played here since the 1830s, international success – especially against traditional rivals England and Australia – was a long time coming.

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  • Page 2 – Why cricket?

    Cricket is New Zealand's major organised summer sport. Like rugby, one of New Zealand's major winter sporting codes, it was developed in England.

  • Page 3 – The World Cup

    A brief history 

  • Page 4 – Playing England

    New Zealand has played England in 88 tests, almost twice as often as it has met any other team. The team has had many cricketing highs and lows against England.

  • Page 5 – Playing Australia

    Key moments in New Zealand's cricketing rivalry with Australia


  • Reid, John Richard

    After debuting for the New Zealand cricket team against England in 1949 John Reid went on to play another 57 tests for his country, 34 of those as captain.

  • Main image: Basin Reserve

    Now one of the country’s most significant cricket venues, Wellington's Basin Reserve was the first sportsground registered by the former Historic Places Trust.