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Five rivalries that can match the Ashes

  • A look at some of the biggest rivalries in world cricket.
S Samaddar
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 19 Dec 2019, 11:17 IST

#4 Australia-New Zealand

Australia v New Zealand - 2nd Test: Day 5
Australia v New Zealand

For as long as anyone can remember, Australia have dominated the rivalry against their Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand and although the Test series are more often than not one-sided, there is no doubt that it remains one of the world's best cricketing rivalries.

The two rivals have played against each other since 1945-46 but it was not until 1985-86 that New Zealand won a series against Australia and it was Richard Hadlee who inspired them to a 2-1 victory at their rival's den. New Zealand dominated Australia in the 1980s and won 3 out of the 6 series (Australia won 1, 2 were drawn) that were played during that decade.

However, New Zealand have failed to win a Test series against Australia since their victory in 1989-90 and while it is true that the Trans-Tasman Trophy has often been one-sided, there is no doubt that it remains one of the world's foremost rivalries. As good as the Ashes? Without a doubt.

Published 28 Oct 2017, 20:30 IST
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