When the BLACKCAPS took to the field at the Basin Reserve in 2017’s opening Test against Bangladesh, it marked the 200th occasion they had done so in home Tests. The win over Bangladesh, which looked unlikely for much of the Test, was their 54th win in front of their own crowd, with 2015’s victory over Sri Lanka at Dunedin holding the honour of being the 50th. For more information on the first 50 home wins, read this story.

 

HOME RECORD
TestsWonDrawnLost
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In January 1930, New Zealand played their first Test – facing England at Christchurch’s Lancaster Park. After that inaugural match, England have been a regular visitor to our shores, giving them a healthy lead in terms of the sides New Zealand has hosted on the most occasions. It is against the sides from the sub-continent, however, where the BLACKCAPS have had the most success.

 

OPPONENT RECORDS
OpponentTestsWonDrawnLost
England4742518
Pakistan3171410
West Indies2710107
Australia265714
India238105
Sri Lanka171052
South Africa17197
Zimbabwe6330
Bangladesh6600

 


New Zealand’s first Test series was comprised of matches in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. In the years since, these cities have hosted the most matches with the Basin Reserve streaking ahead as our most regular Test venue. The loss of Lancaster Park as a venue cut short its history but Hagley Oval has filled that gap in the garden city.

 

GROUND RECORDS
GroundTestsWonDrawnLost
Basin Reserve, Wellington59172319
Eden Park, Auckland49102415
Lancaster Park, Christchurch4081616
Seddon Park, Hamilton221066
Carisbrook, Dunedin10334
McLean Park, Napier10172
University Oval, Dunedin7340
Hagley Oval, Christchurch3201

 


New Zealand’s main centres have each had their share of notable moments. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this table is the fact it took until 1980 for a New Zealander to take 10 wickets in a Test at home.

 

NOTABLE MOMENTS AT HOME
MomentPlayerOppositionYearGroundStat
First Test-England1930Lancaster Park, ChristchurchLost by 8 wickets
First CenturyCS DempsterEngland1930Basin Reserve, Wellington136
First 5-Wicket BagJ CowieAustralia1946Basin Reserve, Wellington6-40
First Win-West Indies1956Eden Park, Auckland190 runs
First 10-Wicket bagSir RJ HadleeWest Indies1980Carisbrook, Dunedin11-102