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New Zealand vs Australia 3rd ODI 1982 Article

Read the article of New Zealand vs Australia 3rd ODI 1982 - Australia tour of New Zealand 3-match one-day international series of the 3rd ODI match played between Australia and New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington in 20th February 1982.


Terry Alderman's record-breaking five-for and Dennis Lillee's three-wicket haul sets up to Australia easy eight-wicket victory over New Zealand and clinch the three-match series with 2-1 in a one-sided game of the third ODI.

Match Stats :
  • This is the Australia's second bilateral ODI series win against New Zealand.
  • Australia chased 75 was their fourth smallest successful run-chase in One-day international and It is their smallest chase against New Zealand in ODIs, previous smallest chase by 127 at Melbourne in the last year.
  • Terry Alderman became the seventh Australian bowler to claim a 5-wicket haul in One-day internationals.
  • Terry Alderman became the second Australian bowler to claimed a five-wicket haul against New Zealand in ODIs after Len Pascoe.
  • Terry Alderman's 5 for 17 was the third best bowling figures for Australia in One-day international and the best bowling figures by an Australian bowler against New Zealand in ODIs, surpassing the previous record of 5 for 30 held by Len Pascoe at Sydney in 1980.
  • New Zealand's 74 was their lowest score in the completed innings in One-day internationals, previous lowest was 126 against same opponent at Melbourne in the last year.


NEW ZEALAND scored 74 for all-out in 29 overs with top scorer by Richard Hadlee 18 (31) and Lance Cairns 14 (24)

Australia best bowler by Terry Alderman claimed a career-best 5-wicket haul for 17-runs in 10-overs including two maidens with economy rate of 1.70 and Dennis Lillee 3/14 (10)

AUSTRALIA chased 75/2 in 20.3 overs with top scorer by John Dyson * 26 (53) and Greg Chappell * 24 (44)

New Zealand best bowler by Richard Hadlee 1/25 (8.3) and Lance Cairns 1/12 (4)


This match reported by John Coomber, of AAP via SMH


Terry Alderman must have thought he was at Trent Bridge again as he propelled Australia to an eight-wicket victory in the third one day international against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, Wellington.

The wicket was perfect for his style of bowling and he took 5-17 in 10 overs as New Zealand collapsed for a miserly 74.

The Australians, who gambled by sending in Rod. Marsh as opener, took only 84 minutes to get the required runs for victory — the first defeat for New Zealand in a one-day match at home for three seasons — and win the Rothman's Cup series 2-1.

New Zealand later recalled Wellington batsman John Morrison, 34, who has not played a Test for five years, to the team for the first Test against Australia which begins on Friday.

The team is Geoff Howarth (capt), Lance Cairns, Ewen Chatfield, Jeremy Coney, Martin Crowe, Bruce Edgar, Richard Hadlee, John Morrison, Ian Smith, Martin Snedden, Gary Troup, John Wright. 

The Australian captain, Greg Chappell, realising the importance of the toss, sent out Kim Hughes to spin the coin, "I'd won the first two tosses and I knew that the law of averages was against me," Chappell said. "Kim is the luckiest gambler I've ever seen and he proved it again today." Hughes said later that when Geoff Howarth tossed a 50c coin Hughes called heads.

The coin rolled along the wicket, hit a bump and flipped over, Alderman, who was named man-of-the-match, began proceedings by making a brilliant one-handed catch in the slips to dismiss John Wright off the first ball.

But umpire Steve Woodward was unmoved and Wright walked. New Zealand never recovered from such a set-back. The unpredictable wicket, which was saturated the morning before the match, was perfect for a bowler of Alderman's type.

The bounce was uneven, and with consistent movement off the seam he had only to keep the ball up to be successful — as he did in taking a record 43 wickets in England last year.

New Zealand's collapse ruined the match as a spectacle and 18,000 Wellingtonians sat in what passes for silence at one-day cricket as Australia knocked off the. runs with ease.

Both Chappell and Howarth said later the wicket was not up to standard, either for first-class play or a one-day match, Alderman had a hand in the first five wickets, by which time New Zealand were limping along at 32-5 in the 14th over. 

It was soon 37-7 before Richard Hadlee and Lance Cairns put some starch into the innings with an eighth-wicket partnership of 34. Alderman stepped in again to break that stand when he caught Cairns at backward square off Len Pascoe.

Then Lilice removed Hadlee for 18 — New Zealand's top score — and ended the innings when he clean-bowled Martin Snedden. The Australians decided that with such a small target it was worth taking a gamble and opened with Marsh. Chappell (24 not out) and John Dyson (26 not out) sealed the Australian victory.