Test Cricket Tours - Australia to New Zealand 1976-77
of New Zealand 1976-77Captain: Greg Chappell
Third Test-playing tour
Zealand by Australia
Mallett, disappointed at the way he heard from the radio that he was dropped
from the Test twelve against Pakistan, announced his retirement (in fact he
did tour again in 1980).
Test-playing countries were involved in busy, sometimes hectic, playing
schedules in 1976-77. Following this tour Australia
met England, who had just
arrived from a long tour of India,
for the Centenary Test. Perhaps the strain of this sort of pressure added to
the financial encouragement to sign for Kerry Packer's 'circus'.
Wotton, the Tasmanian manager, was kept in the dark about Kerry Packer’s World
Series Cricket venture that members of the team were discussing during this
Opening batsmen:Ian Davis, Rick McCosker, Alan Turner
Middle-order batsmen:Greg Chappell, Gary Cosier, Kim Hughes, Doug Walters.
Spin bowlers:Ray Bright, Kerry
Fast bowlers: Gary Gilmour, Alan Hurst,
Dennis Lillee, Max Walker.
G S Chappell
RHB RM captain
A G Hurst
M H N Walker
Sheffield Shield teams
NNew South Wales (6)
SSouth Australia (1)
WWestern Australia (3)
age ofteam at time of first Test
(18 February 1977) :
Appearances made before the tour
Walters 60, Marsh 44, G S Chappell 43, Lillee 29, Walker 26, O'Keefe 18, McCosker 14, Gilmour 12, Turner 12, Davis 9, Cosier 6, Hurst 1, Bright 0, Hughes 0.
R C A
Wotton had played up-country matches against touring teams in 1947-48 and
1950-51 and was a former New South
Wales team maanger.He was Country Party member for Burrendong,
New South Wales, and was
released from parliament for six weeks. He hoped to manage the 1977 tour of England, too,
but would have had to quit his seat to do so and this was his sole tour.
Neil Harvey (NSW), Sam Loxton (Victoria),
Phil Ridings (South Australia, chairman - the first time a chairman had been appointed),
Unavailable: Ashley Mallett, Terry Jenner, Jeff Thomson (shoulder injury)
Tour Party Announced :19 January
Not selected :
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(19 January - 28 January)
the team flew to Christchurch
on Friday 28 January 1977.