Test Cricket Tours - New Zealand to West Indies 1995-96
Tour of West Indies 1995-96Captain : Lee Germon
33rd official Test
Third Test-playing tour of West
Indies by New Zealand
Glenn Turner had organised the New
Zealand team skilfully to perform well in the recent
World Cup and now they just lost a closely-fought one-day series against West Indies by 3 matches to two.
However, Turner’s approach as “overlord, with Germon as his
puppet captain” [Richard Boock WCM March 2008] brought conflict with several
players who would not accept his methods, notably Adam Parore and Chris
Cairns who left the tour early when he mercifully tore a rib muscle in the
nets and was handed a plane ticket to send him home.
On St Vincent, New Zealand won a first-class match in the
Caribbean for the first time but then sunk badly in the first Test at Bridgetown.With a draw in the second Test, New Zealand
lost yet another series and with it went Turner’s chance of convincing the
Board he should hold on to his coaching post. The Board effectively backed
player power and brought in Steve Rixon to bring the star players back into
the fold, although without much change to results on the field.
Glenn Turner (convenor) was in India for the World Cup and
consulted the other two selectors, Richard PickardandMike Shrimpton, by telephone conference.
They needed to decide whether
to amend their squad after the World Cup or after the one-day matches in West Indies.
Unavailable: Martin Crowe (because of damage to his knees, he was lost to the
World Cup squad at the eleventh hour)
The World Cup squad was
announced on …………….
For the West Indian tour,
the selectors retained the same tour party of fourteen as for the World Cup (Astle,
Cairns, Fleming, Germon, Harris, Kennedy, Larsen, Morrison, Nash, Parore,
Patel, Spearman, Thomson, Twose) and would add to it later their fifteenth
permitted player for the tour’s Test leg.
Test Tour Party Announced : 12 March 1996.
Not selected:Simon Doull.
between selection of World Cup squad and departure from New Zealandx days
…… to 6 February)
MadrasQ LondonQ Kingston
The New Zealanders flew from ………….. on approx Tuesday 6 February, landing at Bombay on 7 February. Their first World Cup
match was 14 February.
Their last match in the Wills World Cup was a
quarter-final against Australia
at Madras on
11 March. Originally, the side was to return to New Zealand but the plans
changed. The team had a day for team organisation in Madras,
and three days of R & R in London, before
flying to Kingston, Jamaica, where they arrived on 19
spent in West Indies
March - depart Host)
Lee Germon (captain)and Glenn
Turner (coach) only.
ADDED ▷Bailey, Haslam, Vaughan
◁ W/DThomson, Cairns.
M D Bailey
M J Haslam
J T C Vaughan
Vaughan came in as a replacement for Shane
Cairns left the tour early with damaged ribs: he flew to England
to join his county club Nottinghamshire. Dion Nash
“Cairns damaged rib muscles during an over-strenuous net
session and was ruled out of the first Test. ….. Cairns
said he wanted to go to Nottinghamshire if he was not considered as a batsman
for the second Test. Gren Alabaster, the manager, solved that impasse by
his plane ticket.”[WCM]
The second Test finished on 2 May. After the last match in
Bermuda the team flew to London
on 12 May 1996.
The team arrived home in Christchurch
on Tuesday 14 May 1996.Turner said
the tour was too long and all the players were fighting against the urge to