Test Cricket Tours - Australia to New Zealand 2009-10
Tour of New Zealand
Tenth Test-playing tour
(February - March 2010)
The feature of the tour as far
as the gossip-hungry media were concerned was Michael Clarke’s sudden return
home to Sydney
to confront his girlfriend, model Lara Bingle, about nude photos appearing in
a magazine.Clarke, officially on his
first tour as Australia’s
Twenty20 skipper, returned after sorting out his relationship and played in
the Test series.
unbeaten in Tests through the 2009-10 season, achieving seven wins from the eight Tests, and winning all three seriesthey contested.
Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch,Merv Hughes (on tour selector),Ricky
Ponting (captain),Tim Nielsen (coach), and Michael Brown (Cricket
Hilfenhaus (knee injury),Peter Siddle
(stress fracture of the back),Brett
Lee (elbow) and Stuart Clark (back),Brett Geeves (stress fracture of the back).
Limited-overs party announced:18 February
Not selected : Cameron
(back injury) - he was replaced on 23 February by Mike Hussey for the T20s -
and a few days later it was clear he could not play in the one-dayers either
Test tour party announced:10 March
The Test side was due to be announced on 9 March but postponed
until Michael Clarke’s availability was clearer.
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(18 - 23 February)
The limited-overs team departed from Sydney on 23 February 2010.
The Test specialists, Phillip Hughes, Marcus
North, Steven Smith, Simon Katich flew from Sydney
on Monday 13 March. They were accompanied by Michael Clarke, returning from
his compassionate leave.
Time spent in New
(23 February -1 April)
Ricky Ponting (captain),Tim Nielsen(coach),Merv Hughes(selector on tour).
Bailey joined the one-day squad
after batsman Michael Clarke
returned to Sydney
on 8 March to meet his fiancee model Lara Bingle because a topless photo of
her appeared in a magazine.
P R George
Georgewas called up as cover
for Ryan Harris who had a side
strain before the first Test.
New Zealand Cricket had to limit the tour to two Test matches
instead of three owing to the tour being so late in the season.
century (110) in the third ODI at Hamilton included seven
fours and five sixes.
•When he rejoined the
tour, Michael Clarke made a hundred (168) in the first Test
•With Marcus North (112*) he added 253 runs for the fifth
wicket. North then made a score of 90 in Hamilton.
•Doug Bollinger took
5-28 at Wellington;
he captured 37 wickets in the seven Tests he played in 2009-10.
•Simon Katich (88 and
his last Test century, 106) put Australia
on the path to victory at Hamilton.
took ten wickets in the Hamilton Test (4-59 and 6-73) to clinch the series
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Å T20 internationals
On 1 April the team flew from
Auckland and arrived home at Sydney International
Time away from Australia
(23 February to 1 April)
accounts of the tour
Former Test cricketers criticised the tour management for
granting Michael Clarke, Australia’s
future Test captain-elect, compassionate leave to dash back home and sort out
a troubled personal relationship because Test cricketers have always faced
such problems in the past and have simply had to continue with the cricket