Test Cricket Tours - New Zealand to Australia 2001-02
Tour of Australia 2001-02Captain : Stephen
42nd official Test
Eighth Test-playing tour of Australia
by New Zealand
Originally, there was to be
only one warm-up game, against Queensland
and three back-to-back Tests. Once New Zealand
abandoned its Pakistan
tour, three extra games were added.
The New Zealanders’ bowling attack
was hit by a spate of injuries but it was easy to summon replacements from
across the Tasman Sea.
It was an exciting series in
which New Zealand held
their own before putting pressure on Australia
to save the third Test at Perth.Middle-order batsman Lou Vincent, who was
raised in Adelaide, replaced Bell
opening the innings at Perth and became the
sixth New Zealander to score a century on Test debut, and the first player touring
to achieve the feat since 1932-33.
Sir Richard Hadlee (chairman),Ross
Dykes, Brian McKechnieandDenis Aberhart (coach)
Unavailable : Jacob
Oram (a bone broken in his foot during pre-season training; he was replaced
by Dion Nash); Matthew Horne (until
recovered from a virus).
Party announced4 October 2001.
All-rounder Chris Cairns, out
of action for eight months following knee surgery, was fit again and took the
place of James Franklin who had been in the team for the cancelled tour of Pakistan.
Dion Nash and left-arm swing
bowler Shayne O’Connor seemed to have recovered from their injuries (O’Connor
a knee tendon problem caused by too much bowling work falling on him on the
South African tour).
Not selected:Matthew Horne (opening batsman).
Seven players were on
standby : Matthew Horne, Hamish
Marshall, Shane Bond, James Franklin, Chris Nevin, Brooke Walker and Paul
between selection and departure from New Zealand
October to 12 October)
The Black Caps were scheduled
to arrive in Australia
on 1 November, but three extra warm-up games were added so they would now arrive
2½ weeks earlier.
Zealand tour squad assembled at New Zealand Cricket's
High Performance Centre at Lincoln University on Thursday 11 October and departed for Brisbane from Christchurch
on Friday 12 October, without Chris Cairns.They arrived in Brisbane
the next day, well ahead of schedule.
who remained in Christchurch to continue his
rehabilitation, joined the team in Queensland
on 20 October.
spent in Australia
October- 7 December)
ADDED ▷Wiseman, Bond, Drum
◁ W/DVettori, Nash, O’Connor
P J Wiseman
On 24 October the selectors
called upon off-spinner Paul Wiseman
to replace injured Daniel Vettori during
the tour.Vettori injured an ankle ligament
when fielding off his own bowling in the second match and flew back to Christchurch on Thursday 25 October, while Wiseman had
flown from there to Brisbane
earier that morning. Vettori then flew back on 3 November from Christchurch to Brisbane
to rejoin the team.
On 13 November Dion Nash went home for treatment on a
torn abdominal muscle after playing in the first Test at Brisbane. Nash's replacement, Shane Bond, arrived in Adelaide on 13 November.
Shayne O’Connor also returned home
with a worsening of the injured patella tendon in his right knee on 20
C J Drum
Chris Drum flew to Perth on 26 November as cover for the 3rd
Test when Daryl Tuffey strained his hamstring.Both Drum and Tuffey played in the last tour
match at Canberra.