Test Cricket Tours - Australia to New Zealand 1973-74
of New Zealand 1973-74Captain: Ian Chappell
Second Test-playing tour
Zealand by Australia
(February - March 1974)
After not having played each
other since the single Test match in 1946, six Test matches were arranged
between Australia and New Zealand
during the 1973-74 season, three in each country.
All manner of batting records
fell in the first Test match of the series in New
Zealand on the tamest of pitches at Wellington.The Chappell brothers, who had prolific tours, each scored a century in
each innings. The next two matches were relatively low-scoring affairs, in
which New Zealand beat Australia in
a Test match for the first time and were then themselves beaten in three
re-establishment of Test competition between the two countries was not always
conducted in a happy atmosphere on the field. Glenn Turner was accused of
using bad language, though Ian Chappell said he thought the incident was
blown out of proportion. There was also some nuisance behaviour by drunken
elements in the crowd, as there had been in Australia earlier in the summer
when spectators kept swarming onto the field.
This tour replaced that
planned to Pakistan
which was cancelled on 6 March 1973 because of inadequate players'
Opening batsmen:Ian Davis, Ian Redpath, Ashley Woodcock.
Middle-order batsmen:Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Doug Walters, Keith Stackpole.
Spin bowlers:Ashley Mallett, Ray
Bright, Kerry O’Keefe
Fast bowlers:Gary Gilmour, Geoff Dymock, Max Walker.
G S Chappell
M H N Walker
NNew South Wales (4)
SSouth Australia (3)
WWestern Australia (1)
age ofteam at time of first Test
March 1974) :
Appearances made before the tour
I M Chappell53, Redpath
51, Walters 44, Stackpole 40, Marsh 22, G S Chappell 21, Mallett 17, O'Keefe 12, Walker 8, Davis 3, Gilmour 2, Dymock 1, Woodcock 1, Bright 0.
Mr Frank Bryant of Western Australia, 64, was an Australian
Board member and its Honorary Auditor.He was making his third tour as manager of the Australians in New Zealand,
having taken teams there in 1966-67 and 1969-70.
Neil Harvey (New South Wales),Sam Loxton (Victoria),Phil Ridings (South Australia)
Ian Chappell was confirmed as captain on 1 February
1974, and Keith Stackpole as his deputy the next day.
Unavailable: Alan Dell (work reasons),Dennis Lillee (unfit),Paul Sheahan (teaching career).
Tour Party Announced :31 January
An unusual combination for a tour party of only
fourteen players: three spinners, four opening batsmen and only three
Max Walker was chosen subject to a fitness test
(groin muscle) and he passed it on 5 February.Gary Gilmour was also required to take a
fitness test. Teenager Ray Bright was in only his second season in
Not selected : -
Terry Jenner, Alan Hurst, Robert Rose (Victoria).
Time between selection and departure from Australia14 days
(31 January - 13 February
The team flew from Sydney to Wellington
on 13 February 1974.
Time spent in New
(13 February - 1 April)
Ian Chappell (captain), Keith Stackpole (vice-captain), Doug Walters.
inns 236 r
NEW ZEALANDFirst Test
NEW ZEALANDSecond Test
NEW ZEALANDThird Test
WON 297 r
New Zealand (1st ODI)
New Zealand (2nd ODI
† not first-class
Time spent in New Zealand before
(13 February - 1 March)
appearances on tour
M Chappell, G S Chappell, Davis, Mallett, Marsh, O'Keefe, Redpath, Stackpole, Walker, Walters.
•The Chappell brothers scored centuries (Ian 145 and 121; Greg 247 and
133) in each innings at Wellington.
•Greg Chappell's match aggregate of 380 was the highest by an
individual Test batsman until Gooch in 1990
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
The team returned by plane from
Christchurch to Kingsford-Smith
late on the night of 1 April (link to SMH page 14), and then caught connecting flights to Adelaide and Melbourne.
Time away from Australia
(13 February to 1 April)
accounts of the tour
Keith Stackpole, on his last Test tour, had a poor time of it,
while Ian Redpath brought himself back into reckoning for the forthcoming
Ashes series later in the year.