New Zealand cricket team in England 1973

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New Zealand in England in 1973

New Zealand cricket team in England in 1973

The New Zealand cricket team toured England in the 1973 season to play a three-match Test series against England.
England won the series 2-0 with 1 match drawn.

New Zealand vs England 1973 Results

England vs New Zealand 1973 1st Test

Played in cold weather, the match was essentially decided on the first innings. England batted solidly, with Ted Dexter making 57 and Colin Cowdrey 85, but the largest innings was by Ken Barrington who took 435 minutes to make 137 in what Wisden Cricketers' Almanack termed a "tedious exhibition". Motz took five wickets for 108 runs. New Zealand batted badly against the spin of Fred Titmus, and Sutcliffe had to retire hurt after ducking into a bouncer from Fred Trueman. Following on 319 behind, they batted much more consistently, with seven batsmen reaching 40. However only Pollard, with an undefeated 81, and the recovered Sutcliffe managed to pass 50. England needed 95 to win and the match was over by lunchtime on the fifth day.

England vs New Zealand 1973 2nd Test

Match drawn

England vs New Zealand 1973 3rd Test

New Zealand (150 and 229) lost to England (242 and 138 for 2) by 8 wickets. Underwood undermined the New Zealand batting, taking six wickets in each innings to finish the series with 24 wickets at an average of 9.16 runs each. Turner made a three-hour 53 in New Zealand's first innings, and Hastings a three-and-a-half-hour 61 in the second, but none of the other batsmen managed more than 30. Edrich made 68 in England's first innings and Mike Denness in his first Test match took England home on the last afternoon with an unbeaten 55. The match was stretched out to the full five days because of constant showers.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.