Test Cricket Tours - New Zealand to Sri Lanka 1983-84
Tour of Sri Lanka
1983-84Captain : Geoff Howarth
official Test tour.
First Test-playingtour of Sri
Lanka by New Zealand
- April 1984)
Zealand had just beaten England
1-0 in the 1983-84 Test series in New Zealand, and now gained its
first series victory away from home since 1969-70. It was also the first time
that New Zealand
had won two consecutive Test series.
Zealand were better than Sri Lanka and were worthy
winners. The best Sri Lanka
could do was hold out doggedly for a draw in the second Test.
The limited-overs international
series was also won although Sri
Lanka won back a victory in the second one-day
match. By that stage the tourists found that they were completely exhausted playing
in the heat and humidity.
Basil McBurney, born 1925, had played
for minor association Waikato.He was a Northern Districts administrator.
Merv Wallace said the national team
should not be going on tour without a technically sound adviser to act as
coach and that Martin Horton would have been ideal; but he was going back to England to be in charge of cricket at Eton College.
Frank Cameron (convenor),Don Neely,John Guy.
Tour Party Announced : 14
Not selected:Evan Gray,Martin Snedden.
between selection and departure from New Zealand
February to 27 February)
The team departed from Auckland Airport
on the morning of Monday 27 February. On the same day the England team flew out of Auckland
for their tour of Pakistan.
The New Zealanders travelled for nearly twenty hours
before reaching Colombo.After arrival formalities had been
completed, they headed straight for their hotel beds.Next day they were taken by coach to Galle on a pot-holed
road nearly four hours away where the first tour match was then delayed a day
spent in Sri Lanka
February - depart Host)
The on-tour selectors wereGeoff Howarth (captain),John Wright (vice-captain)and Jeremy Coney.
Sri Lankan Board Colts XI
§ Colombo SSC
Sri Lanka(1st ODI)
Won 104 r
Sri Lankan Board
SRI LANKAFirst Test
WON 165 r
SRI LANKASecond Test
SRI LANKAThird Test
WON inns 61 r
Sri Lanka(2nd ODI)
Lost 41 r
Sri Lanka(3rd ODI)
Won 86 r
† not first-class
Time spent in Sri Lanka
before First Test:
(28 February - 9 March)
Test appearances on
3-Boock,Coney,J Crowe,M D Crowe,Hadlee,Howarth,Reid,Smith,Wright.
•John Reid scored 180 in 685 minutes in the
final Test, the only century made on the tour
•Jeremy Coney came closest to another
batsman scoring a century, with 92 in the same innings at Colombo.He and Reid shared a partnership of 133 for the sixth wicket.
•Geoff Howarth scored 60 in each innings of
the first Test.
•Richard Hadlee took 23 wickets in the Test
matches, and 31 on the tour.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to New Zealand
The tour party was greeted at Auckland Airport
on its return on 4 April.
On the plane the players had read a two-page letter from Graham
Dowling of the New Zealand Cricket Council, reminding them that their
contracts required them to remain silent about Lance Cairns’s newspaper
criticism of skipper Geoff Howarth and about the England
players smoking pot in New