was John Buchanan’s first Test tour as Australian coach He had spent five
years coaching Queensland,
helping them to win their first
domestic first-class title. He was appointed coach by the Australian Cricket
Board in October 1999.
Ponting injured his ankle colliding with a boundary board. Matthew Hayden,
already a member of the Test party, was added to the squad for the one-day
International series. Ponting failed a fitness test on 1 March to join the
side for the Tests and was replaced by Damien Martyn for the Test series.
Not selected / near miss :Simon Katich (W).
Time between selection and departure from Australiax days
(4? - 13? February
First match starts 14 Feb
The Test squad players - Michael Slater, Greg Blewett, Justin
Langer, Mike Kasprowitcz, Colin Miller - flew over to New Zealand as the one-day series
•Shane Warne broke Dennis Lillee’s record as Australia’s greatest wicket-taker by capturing
his 356th wicket at Eden Park (Auckland)
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Michael Bevan, Ian Harvey, Shane Lee and Andrew Symonds went home
after the one-day series. Damien Martyn would have returned to Australia
with them but was retained in the tour party for the Test series.
Last day’s play 3 April 2000
Time away from Australia
(12? February to 4? April? )
accounts of the tour
The Australian Cricket Board
stripped Shane Warne of the vice-captaincy, the post he held since January
1999, and on 4 August 2000 made Adam Gilchrist the new vice-captain after
less than a year in the Test side. Gilchrist was not the
selectors' recommendation of the national selectors; they wanted to retain
Shane Warne but the Board over-ruled them.
Denis Rogers, the Chairman of
ACB, confirmed it was a string of incidents rather than one single act that
sealed Warne's fate -- most damning, accepting $A 5000 from an illegal
bookmaker in Sri Lanka in 1994.