4 for 35 and 7 for 23 v India, Wellington, 1975-76
Hadlee hadn't cemented his place in the side when unexpectedly he was included in the XII for this Test
. On the morning of the Test, New Zealand excluded the spinner, Hedley Howarth, and their fourth seamer vindicated the move. In 15 quick, well-directed balls on the first morning, Hadlee removed Sunil Gavaskar, Dileep Vengsarkar and Surinder Amarnath to reduce India to 47 for 3. In the second innings, he exposed India some more. He worked up lively pace, and bowled with sustained accuracy, taking five wickets for 10 runs in a 28-ball spell to bowl India out for 81 and set the record for the best match haul by a New Zealander.
4 for 74 and 6 for 26 v England, Wellington, 1977-78
En route to his 100th Test wicket, Hadlee set up New Zealand's first Test win
over England in their 48th attempt. After his 4 for 74 secured New Zealand a 13-run lead despite Geoff Boycott's fighting 77 in difficult conditions, New Zealand had conceded the advantage by folding to Bob Willis' five-for. A familiar story of gloom was on the cards when they came out to defend 136, but Hadlee bowled with hostility, skill, and speed on a pitch of uneven bounce, sending down 13.3 unchanged overs for figures of 6 for 26. Richard Collinge did his bit from the other end, and England were bowled out for 64.
5 for 34 and 6 for 68; 51 v West Indies, Dunedin, 1979-80
surrounding this match
meant that Michael Holding's kicking the stumps was remembered more than Richard Hadlee's becoming only the third New Zealander to take two five-fors and score a fifty in the same match and also his reaching the New Zealand record of 117 wickets. On a seaming pitch that stayed low, he trapped Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kalicharran and Clive Lloyd lbw on the first morning. He enjoyed a life during his 51 when umpire Fred Goodall ruled him not out when he had edged one. His 6 for 68 in the second innings gave New Zealand 104 to chase, which they did with more than a huff and a puff. His seven lbws, a record, pointed to his accuracy, and also contributed to some of West Indies' frustrations with the umpiring.
5 for 73 and 5 for 29 v Sri Lanka, Colombo, 1983-84
Hadlee's 50th Test
marked a fine achievement, his 17th and 18th five-fors, helping New Zealand seal the series in hot and humid Sri Lanka. His first spell of three wickets on the first morning reduced Sri Lanka to 32 for 4, and another brace later kept them to just 256. Playing for a draw, Sri Lanka were 69 for 3 at the close of the fourth day, but had no response for Hadlee's venom on the fifth day. His second-innings figures read 16-7-29-5.
9 for 52 and 6 for 71; 54 v Australia, 1985-86
if ever there was one. Hadlee's 15 overs on the first day brought him 4 for 35, and early on the second, demolished Australia with one of the outstanding pieces of contemporary Test bowling. When he took a well-judged catch of Vaughan Brown, the ninth wicket of the innings, he denied himself a chance of taking all 10, but his 23.4-4-52-9 destroyed Australia. He then scored a 45-ball 54, assisting Martin Crowe's 188, to bat Australia out. Hadlee's control and movement off the pitch proved too much from the resistance from Allan Border and Greg Mathews, his 15 for 123 being the best match figures by a New Zealander.
5 for 65 and 6 for 90 v Australia, Perth, 1985-86
Two matches later, Hadlee produced another single-handed match-winning effort, in Perth
, to finish with 33 wickets for the series. Ewen Chatfield started the damage this time, but with an injury ruling him out on the first day, Hadlee came up with another five-for to hurt Australia. In the second innings, David Boon and Allan Border resisted with all their determination, but Hadlee removed them among four others, giving New Zealand only 164 to chase.
6 for 80 and 4 for 60; 68 v England, Trent Bridge, Nottingham, 1986
Hadlee reacted to the challenge of facing England at his adopted home ground
in his customarily combative manner. Hadlee found movement denied to everyone else and took 6 for 80 in the first innings; en route he rose to third in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers, ahead of Bob Willis, behind Dennis Lillee and Ian Botham. He then played an important role in New Zealand's first-innings batting recovery, which in the end marked the difference between the teams.
5 for 109 and 5 for 67 v Australia, Melbourne, 1987-88
Once again Hadlee showed how much he loved performing against Australia
. After a controversy-filled New Zealand innings of 317, Hadlee's skill and persistence kept Australia's lead down to just 40. Australia allowed themselves 92 overs to score 247 for victory, and at 176 for 4, were on course with 28 overs left. At 5.17pm, with the score 199 for 5, Hadlee was brought back. Until the finish at 6.49pm, he gave his all for his country as 23,859 spectators watched in suspense. Four wickets fell for 18 runs, taking Hadlee's 10-fors to eight, a new record. With just one more wicket to pass Ian Botham's 373 wickets in Tests and one more to secure the win, an exhausted Hadlee couldn't produce that final blow in the final over.
6 for 49 and 4 for 39 v India, Bombay, 1988-89
This 10-for set up a rare win
in India. John Bracewell and Danny Morrison's dogged resistance took New Zealand to 236, but it seemed an inadequate total until Hadlee struck. Kris Srikkanth and Dilip Vengsarkar were on their way to a big lead when a careless stroke from Vengsarkar gave New Zealand a look. Hadlee, who had had only one wicket in his first 13 overs, returned to take Srikkanth with a splendidly concealed legcutter. Hadlee once again began to dictate terms; none of the remaining batsmen could keep him out and New Zealand took a two-run lead. Defending 281, Hadlee provided the killer blow in the second innings, Srikkanth's wicket with the first ball of the innings. John Bracewell did the rest.