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Chappell-Hadlee trophy at the World Cup

Brydon Coverdale

February 23, 2011

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Brad Haddin celebrates after catching Gareth Hopkins, New Zealand v Australia, 5th ODI, Wellington, March 13, 2010
Friday's World Cup game between Australia and New Zealand takes on an added edge as the trans-Tasman rivals will also be competing for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy © Getty Images
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Australia and New Zealand have made the unusual decision to compete for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy during their World Cup match in Nagpur on Friday. Previously, the prize has only ever been up for grabs during bilateral series, always of at least three games, but this was the only chance for the teams to meet during the 2010-11 season.

The New Zealanders should be happy with the move, as they have beaten Australia in nine of 21 Chappell-Hadlee matches, but have lost all 12 of the other ODIs the teams have played during the same period. The trophy has been contested every season since it began in 2004-05, and is currently held by Australia after they won 3-2 in New Zealand last March.

There was already plenty to play for in Friday's match, with both teams pushing to finish as high as they can in their World Cup group, in the hope of meeting a weaker quarter-finalist. Ian Chappell and Dayle Hadlee will both be in Nagpur for the clash, so both families honoured by the prize will be represented when the trophy is handed to the winning captain.

"The trans-Tasman rivalry is revered by New Zealand fans and we are pleased the Black Caps get the chance to compete for the trophy this season," New Zealand Cricket's chief executive Justin Vaughan said. "This is a truly unique occasion with the two sides unlikely to compete for the Chappell-Hadlee trophy in India again."

Cricket Australia's chief executive, James Sutherland, said: "I'm delighted the teams will have a chance to compete for this great trophy, which underpins the trans-Tasman rivalry in the one-day game. There is plenty at stake in this game."

New Zealand have not won the trophy since 2006-07, when Michael Hussey captained a weakened Australian side in the lead-up to the 2007 World Cup and went down 3-0. However, the sides shared the honours in 2008-09 when they drew 2-2 in Australia, before Ricky Ponting's men narrowly got home last year.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

It would be safe to assume that the stadium will not be full, probably 15,000 people with most of them supporting New Zealand. Thankfully for the Aussies, nagpur will be a better batting pitch than some of the others where Australia has been playing including the wickets for the practice game and that should suit Australlia given Vettori"s presence. I think the New Zealand batting is a bit suspect and if Lee and Tait bowl as they can, Australia should win. Of course while New Zealand can take courage from their performances in the Chappel Hadlee tournaments, Australia can take confidence form their regular and consistent beating of New Zealand in all recent world cup games, not to forget the final of the Champions trophy played in India. Who knows Ponting is due for a big one and what better occasion than after smashing a TV screen!! sridhar

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

Go Black caps rock the stage....................

Posted by Matt on (February 24, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

Play hard for the people back home boys!!!...you will gone have to look at the flag flying at half mast to remember who you are playing for

Posted by hayden on (February 24, 2011, 4:47 GMT)

The reason for the trophy being on the line is just to add a bit more meaning to the match after the recent events in Christchurch. Well if you're going to state that goaussies then i'll state that in the 08-09 chappell-hadlee in Australia that was drawn 2-2, NZ were looking like winning the series for all money before the rain came.

Posted by Jacob on (February 24, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

time will tell evenflow_1990, go the kiwis

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 2:04 GMT)

To Bob Danger McMILLEN, where do you hail from? In OZ fannies are rather intimate parts of the female anatomy!!! I think it's a great initiative, playing for the Chappell/Hadlee trophy. Will add some spice to what has already been a very dull, colourless, and boring tournament. As an Aussie, my heart goes out to all in Christchurch that have been affected by the Quake. The vids and pics have been unbelievable. As part of a great historical alliance, I raise my glass of NZ sav Blanc to my cousins, across the ditch. Christchurch may you overcome your devastating losses and once again be the great city you have always been. And by the way, have Kenya got a bowling coach? S.O.S. Glenn McGrath.

Posted by Andrew on (February 23, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

@Trapper439/ jonesy2 - I 100% agree. Like to bag our "bro's" from across the ditch (particularly as the Super 15s Rugby has started), but that seems to be just not cricket now! So If Oz have to have their unbeaten run broken - I'd be happy enough it was the Black Caps.

Posted by Vishwanath on (February 23, 2011, 22:34 GMT)

this is the best chance they have a winning a trophy here, because rest assured they don't stand a chance for the world cup.

Posted by Rohanj on (February 23, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

One word...Bizarre! Wow well this is the big one then, forget India v England, they don't even have a trophy up for grabs!

Posted by Benedict on (February 23, 2011, 21:37 GMT)


Yes Australia did win the series with one match to play, but the series overall was still very close. In the 2nd ODI, in particular, New Zealand came very close to winning the match and taking a 2-0 lead, only to be bowled out within toucing distance of victory.

Am hoping for another close clash this year, though I think Australia will probably be too strong.

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