26 Feb 2015

Turning the tide of ODI history

6:23 am on 26 February 2015

Unfortunately, the traffic in trans-Tasman one-day cricket internationals has been fairly one-way.

Of the 125 matches played New Zealand has won just 34. Ouch. Hopefully, the in-form Black Caps can win one back in their big Cricket World Cup clash against Australia on Saturday.

Trevor Chappell in the infamous underarm bowling incident of 1981.

Trevor Chappell in the infamous underarm bowling incident of 1981. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

In the meantime, here are five cracking, and some just plain embarrassing, moments:

1. The underarm incident is, as Ian Chappell says at the start of the below YouTube clip, the most embarrassing and ugly moment in cricket since the infamous Ashes Bodyline tour - albeit with less bounce. Watching the moment repeatedly will only make you angrier, but make sure you listen to Richie Benaud's summary afterwards - it's one of the great pieces of cricket commentary. When Richie calls it "disgraceful", several times, and then says it is "one of the worst things" he has seen on a cricket field, you will feel like putting yourself in the naughty corner.

2. The Aussies at it again with their bowling tricks. The look on John Bracewell's face says it all - puzzled; bemused; embarrassed. Simon O'Donnell throws up a slower ball, which Bracewell ducks only to have it dip under his bottom. Speaking of which, check out those yellow trousers on O'Donnell. Snug.

3. OK, we got thumped in this 1983 match but it will forever be remembered for Lance Cairns' six sixes. He made the Melbourne cricket ground look the size of your backyard. Time and again he swung Exacalibur, getting so blasé about it one hand was enough. Even the Australian fans were cheering him on.

4. The 2007 one-day series in New Zealand was a whitewash - and, surprisingly, it was the Baggy Greens who took a towelling. The final match in the series, in Hamilton, was a thriller. Set 346 to win the Black Caps got there with one wicket and three balls to spare. It was the second-highest run chase in one-dayers and eclipsed the 337/5 NZ had posted two days earlier at Eden Park. Brendon McCullum stars but Ian Smith isn't quite Richie Benaud in the box, using the word beautiful an awful lot.

5. The 1992 Cricket World Cup couldn't have got off to a better start - for New Zealand. Martin Crowe, leading our unfancied side, stamped his mark on the tournament - scoring 100 and brilliantly leading the team to victory over the Australians.

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