New Zealand vs Australia - Biggest Rivalry in Cricket History

Aus vs NZ Betting

There are some great rivalries in cricket, of which Pakistan v India is one and Australia v England is another. But New Zealand vs Australia, two ‘neighbouring’ countries separated by a body of water, certainly has its place among them as well. Though, if we’re honest, it’s probably one that means slightly more to the Kiwis, than it does to the Aussies.

It’s a rivalry that in some ways resembles a Big Brother/Little Brother scenario. Australia, a huge country in the area with a population of 25 million, has always been among the powerhouses of world cricket. The Australian team is the most successful side in ODI World Cups and boasts some of the greatest players the game has seen.

New Zealand is like the Little Brother, small in area as a country, but certainly punching above their weight on the cricket field. The two neighbouring countries have always been fun to watch: NZ v AUS games are one of the most interesting cricket competitions.

New Zealand vs Australia Stats and History

Head to Head Historical Matches
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NZ vs AUS Betting

New Zealand vs Australia Betting
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New Zealand vs Australia Head to Head

Just because this is one of the great rivalries in cricket in terms of passion among the fans and a burning desire between the two sets of players to get one over their neighbours, doesn’t mean that it’s been a close contest.

As you can see from the New Zealand v Australia stats below, Australia have crushed the Kiwis in all three formats over the years.

To be fair to the Black Caps, they’ve been somewhat competitive in ODIs, where they boast their best win percentage against the Aussies across the three formats.

But then again, that shouldn’t come as any huge surprise to cricket fans because ODIs have always been New Zealand’s strongest suit, where excellent fielding- far more important than in Tests- has helped them greatly, as has the fact that their best-ever players have tended to be ODI specialists, rather than Test, or T20 stars.

And it’s in T20Is that the Black Caps have taken the biggest beatings of all. Yes, it’s a relatively small sample of just nine matches but NZ has won just once.

As for New Zealand v Australia cricket Tests, the Australians have won over four times the number of Tests that New Zealand has won against them.

Matches Won by NZ Won by Australia Tied Draw No Result
Tests (1946-2020) 60 8 34 0 18 0
ODIs (1974-2020) 139 39 92 0 0 7
T20s (2005-2020) 9 1 7 1 0 0

Most Interesting Matches Between New Zealand and Australia in Cricket

New Zealand v Australia T20I February 2005

This was a pretty uneventful match, Australia posting 214-5 and New Zealand falling well short, scoring just 170 before they were all out.

So why has this made our list? For the very simple reason that this was the first men’s T20I ever played. Back in February 2005, long before the IPL, Big Bash, CPL and numerous World T20s had been played, this was where it all started.

It was a match that wasn’t even really meant to be played. Most countries thought T20 would be played just at domestic level and no-one could have suspected at the time that T20 cricket would become the most popular format of all.

For the record, Australia skipper Ricky Ponting scored a brilliant 98 not out and Michael Kasprowicz took four wickets when New Zealand batted. But the significance of the match lay elsewhere.

New Zealand v Australia February 2015 World Cup Group Stages

A few weeks later, these two contested the World Cup final, but whereas that was a one-sided game with Australia winning with ease, this one was an absolute classic.

After a decent start with the bat, Australia had a disastrous middle-order collapse, mostly instigated by the brilliance of left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult, who helped restrict Australia to a paltry 151 all out, after just 32 overs.

New Zealand, and in particular Brendon McCullum, wasn’t going to mess around in the chase, McCullum getting to 50 off just 24 balls. But that’s when the problems started. After he got out, Mitchell Starc bowled one of the finest spells ever seen in an ODI match, ending up with six wickets, while conceding just 28 runs.

As all other Kiwi batsmen lost their heads, Kane Williamson kept his. At nine wickets down and needing six to win, Willaimson was in no mood to trust Boult, a fantastic bowler but a poor batsman. Williamson took matters into his own hands, depositing Pat Cummins into the stands for six, with New Zealand winning a brilliant game by just one wicket.

Australia v New Zealand February 1981 World Series Cup

The most famous New Zealand v Australia match of all. From high entertainment (see above) to high controversy (this one).

Chasing 236 to win the game and needing six off the last ball to tie, Aussie skipper Greg Chapell instructed younger brother Trevor Chapell to bowl underarm along the ground, thus denying the Kiwi batsman McKechnie the chance to hit the ball for six.

It was a decision lambasted by absolutely everyone in the game, with the possible exception of Australia fans. At the time it (bowling underarm) wasn’t illegal but was very much contrary to the spirit of the game.

The incident instigated a change in the laws to the game to prevent this from happening ever again, but it was too late as far as New Zealand was concerned.

New Zealand (NZ) Cricket Team

New Zealand Cricket Team

New Zealand has always been a somewhat curious team. When you compare the size of their population to the likes of India or Pakistan, or even England or Australia, they should be nowhere near being competitive.

But then again, this is the country that has dominated world rugby for decades, so size doesn’t matter (that much) in their case.

The running theme has been that almost every team they’ve ever had has boasted eight or nine players of high-class with the two or three remaining ones being a couple of notches below in terms of ability. And therein lies the problem. It’s why they’ve only ever made two World Cup finals in 13 attempts -they lost it in 2015 to...Australia, and to England in 2019. They have never made it to a World T20 final or been ranked Number 1 in the Test rankings.

They made their debut in international cricket in 1930 and famously, had to wait 26 years till their first victory when they finally got the better of the West Indies at Eden Park, in Auckland.

One of the great names of the New Zealand cricket team is the aforementioned McCullum- originally a wicket-keeper but also a wonderful batsman and an innovative captain. He was the man in charge when they made the 2015 World Cup final. He holds plenty of records for New Zealand across all formats: most sixes (107), the only player to hit a triple century for the country and most double centuries (4), also ranking in the Top 5 for plenty of other records. With Brendon McCullum, it wasn’t just about the runs, though. He’s seen as one of the most aggressive and entertaining batsmen to ever play the game.

Another great was Daniel Vettori, the bespectacled spin bowler, handy lower-order batsman and thinking captain. He doesn’t top many tables for NZ records but was a wonderful player for them in all three formats throughout the 90s and noughties and has gone on to be a successful coach.

But head and shoulders above them all is Sir Richard Hadlee. One of the four or five greatest all-rounders to ever play the game, his 431 Test wickets are 70 more than anyone else for NZ (Vettori is next), he has the first and second best-ever figures with the ball in an inning including 9/52, the best bowling figures for NZ in a single match and miscellaneous other bowling records. He was also a brilliant number seven with the bat, often winning games from near-on impossible positions.

Australia (Aus) Cricket Team

Australia Cricket Team

You could easily make a case for Australia being the most successful team ever in international cricket.

In the Test arena, their current overall win percentage of 47% is the highest of any Test nation by some distance, remembering of course that it’s only not higher because in the past there were so many drawn Tests.

In the ODI format, they’re also by far the most successful side ever, at least in World Cups. Whereas India and the Windies are happy enough to have won it two times each, they’ve won it on five occasions. Between 1999 and 2015, they won four of the five taking place during that period, including three in a row.

The one thing they’re missing is a World T20 title, having made the final just once in six attempts. But with the 2022 edition chalked in to be on Australian soil, they’ll never have a better chance to win it than that. It’s worth remembering that when they won the 2015 (ODI) World Cup, it was at home and they won the final pretty easily.

Where do we start in terms of mentioning the great stars of the Australia Cricket team? The Aus cricket team has probably contributed more legends to the game than any other, so here are a few that we’ll mention in passing: Dennis Lillee, Steve Waugh, Richie Benaud, Adam Gilchrist, Ian Chapell, Jeff Thompson, Glenn McGrath and Matthew Hayden. But we could be here all day naming Australian greats.

But if we have to pick the greatest of them all, it would be Sir Don Bradman. The Godfather of cricket, the greatest batsman of all time (with the possible exception of Sachin Tendulkar), the man who averaged 99.94 in Test cricket, an average that no-one will ever get near, ever again.

Then there’s Ricky Ponting, who played in a very different era but was cut from the same cloth in terms of talent, the bulk of runs and aura. Also a diminutive figure in size like Bradman, he captained Australia to three World Cups and was in charge during their Golden Period in the noughties.

And finally, Shane Warne. The inimitable beach-blond, slightly chubby, a charismatic genius of a leg spinner. He made leg-spin fun, bamboozled batsmen all over the world, bowled the so-called ‘ball of the century’ and is the second highest-wicket in Tests of all time, with 708 wickets.

Cricket 2020 New Zealand vs Australia - Betting and Odds

The Coronavirus has upset the fixtures of these two teams, just like it’s upset everything else in the sport.

The T20 World Cup was meant to be held in Australia in late 2020 but has now been postponed to 2022, a year after it’s held in India. Australia was meant to host the Windies for a three-match Series in early October 2020 but that’s now been called off. As for a one-off Test match to be held in Australia against Afghanistan between November 21-25, as things stand, it’s still on, but let’s wait and see.

There will be no New Zealand v Australia 2020 cricket but the Black Caps are still hoping to play the 3-match ODI Series (Chappell-Hadlee Trophy) and one-off T20 between January and February 2021, Coronavirus concerns permitting.

But all is not lost. If you want to see Australian and New Zealand players in action, you can look forward to doing so at the 2020 IPL, played between September 19 and November 10 in the UAE. The list of players in action includes: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell for Australia, while Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham are among the Kiwi players who will be at the IPL.

New Zealand vs Australia Betting

New Zealand v Australia betting is obviously on offer each time these two play each other, though as we’ve seen already, the smart money always tends to be on Australia!

But of course, it doesn’t always work like that and as a result of the Aussies’ extremely strong record in this fixture across all three formats, you can always get high odds on New Zealand as outsiders. When they do occasionally win, you’ll be paid out handsomely.

But if you want to bet on Aus v NZ, there’s plenty beyond the match-winner. At 10CRIC we offer more markets than anyone else in this great rivalry. Some of our exclusive markets include top batsman for each team, top bowler, most match sixes, man-of-the-match, inning runs and occasionally, man-of-the-series.

NZ vs AUS Odds

The ones mentioned above are all on offer here at 10CRIC but in terms of the most popular among our customers, these are the ones to look out for.

  • New Zealand vs Australia Outright Odds

This is a bet to place before a Test, ODI or T20I Series in which you’re betting on who will win the Series. For example, if Australia and New Zealand were playing an ODI Series over three matches, it’s up to you to decide who’s going to emerge victoriously.

But customers should remember that matches that are deemed as a ‘no result’ can put a spanner in the works. In other words, if the weather forecast is poor, then maybe hold fire in terms of playing this market because a no-result could produce a drawn series, an outcome we don’t think of in a three-game ODI Series.

With Test series, things work a bit differently because a drawn Test is very different from a ‘no result’ in a limited-overs game, but the result is the same. Draws happen somewhat frequently, so bear that in mind. If it was a three-Test series, it’s not unthinkable that they win a Test each and draw one, so it might be worth going with a drawn series at good odds.

  • New Zealand vs Australia Before the Match Odds

This is a bet to place before a Test, ODI or T20I Series in which you’re betting on who will win the Series. For example, if Australia and New Zealand were playing an ODI Series over three matches, it’s up to you to decide who’s going to emerge victoriously.

But customers should remember that matches that are deemed as a ‘no result’ can put a spanner in the works. In other words, if the weather forecast is poor, then maybe hold fire in terms of playing this market because a no-result could produce a drawn series, an outcome we don’t think of in a three-game ODI Series.

With Test series, things work a bit differently because a drawn Test is very different from a ‘no result’ in a limited-overs game, but the result is the same. Draws happen somewhat frequently, so bear that in mind. If it was a three-Test series, it’s not unthinkable that they win a Test each and draw one, so it might be worth going with a drawn series at good odds.

  • New Zealand vs Australia Live Betting Odds

As we always like to say here at 10CRIC, the game certainly doesn’t end when the toss is made or the first ball is bowled.

Thanks to Live Betting, you can pretty much bet till the last wicket is taken or the winning runs are scored.

In many ways, Live Betting offers even better opportunities than pre-match betting. The more savvy cricket punters may realise for example that New Zealand’s strength lies in their middle-order where the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Jimmy Neesham are ace players and that even if they’re 10-2 after 5 overs chasing 250 and are big outsiders, they could well go on to win from that position.

It’s not just about the match-winner market on Live Betting, either. You can also play the inning runs a market for example. Australia may start well against New Zealand in a T20 but if you know that the likes of spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner are still to come, notoriously economic bowlers, it might be worth going against the grain and betting that Australia’s total isn’t so impressive, after all.

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