New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Dunedin, 5th day December 14, 2015

NZ's second-longest unbeaten streak at home


New Zealand's unbeaten streak at home continues © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

2012 The last time New Zealand lost a Test at home, to South Africa in March in Hamilton. Since then, they haven't lost in 12 Tests. This is their joint-second longest streak of Test wins at home and another win (or even a draw) in the next Test on Friday will equal their longest streak of 13 unbeaten Tests, between March 1987 and March 1991 (excluding an abandoned Test). In fact, during a 12-year period from 1979 to 1991, New Zealand had lost just two of the 37 Tests they played at home.

10 Test wins for New Zealand under Brendon McCullum in 28 matches. He is only the third captain to win 10 or more Tests for New Zealand after Stephen Fleming (28) and Geoff Howarth (11). Since he took over in January 2013, only three captains have won more Tests than McCullum - Michael Clarke, Alastair Cook (13 each) and Misbah-ul-haq (11).

2 Man-of-the-Match awards for Martin Guptill in his 37-Test career. Dunedin was his second, and his first was against Bangladesh in Hamilton in 2009-10. These are the only two Tests where he has scored 150-plus in an innings and aggregated over 200 runs in the match. He has been named Player of the Match 11 times in ODIs and five times in T20Is.

3 Wicketkeepers to take nine or more catches in a Test on two occasions - BJ Watling joins Mark Boucher and Brad Haddin.

3 Times New Zealand have won a Test without any bowler taking more than three wickets in an innings. Dunedin is the latest entry, where Tim Southee took 3 for 71 and 3 for 52, while Neil Wagner finished with 3 for 87 in the second innings. Southee's figures in the second innings ended up as the best for them in this Test, but it is the least-best innings figures in a New Zealand victory. Southee also held the previous record - 3 for 41 in the Hamilton Test against Bangladesh in 2009-10. The last Test win for New Zealand with no one taking more than three wickets in an innings was against Pakistan in Lahore in 1969-70 where Vic Pollard and Dayle Hadlee took 3 for 27. The least-best for any team is 3 for 107 by David Brown for England against West Indies in Port of Spain in 1967-68. However, there has been a Test where no bowler from the winning side had taken more than two wickets in an innings: the Centurion Test of 1999-00, when South Africa had forfeited one of their innings against England to produce a result.

3 Times Dinesh Chandimal has scored 50 or more in both innings of a Test. His 83 and 58 in Dunedin follow the twin fifties on his Test debut against South Africa in Durban in 2011 and those against India in Galle earlier this year. As a wicketkeeper, only three players have scored fifty-plus in both innings of a Test on more occasions than Chandimal - Andy Flower (seven), Alan Knott (five) and MS Dhoni (four). Tatenda Taibu and Matt Prior also have three such instances.

6 Wicketkeepers to score fifty-plus in both innings of a Test in New Zealand. Incidentally, five of them have been visitors - Alan Knott, Andy Flower, MS Dhoni, Matt Prior and now Chandimal. The only New Zealander on the list is Jock Edwards way back in 1977-78. Apart from Edwards, Watling is the only other New Zealand gloveman to get twin fifties in a Test. He has done it twice, but both came overseas. Of the four instances when Sri Lanka wicketkeepers have made two fifty-plus scores in a Test, three have been by Chandimal.

30 Wickets for Southee in the fourth innings of Test matches, his best being 3 for 28 against West Indies in 2014. He has never taken more than three wickets in the final innings from 20 tries. Although his 3 for 52 in Dunedin was his fifth such three-wicket haul and only Daniel Vettori (36) and Richard Hadlee (32) have taken more fourth-innings wickets than Southee's 30. New Zealand have also won all five Tests in which Southee has taken three wickets in the fourth innings. But he is the only bowler in Test history with 30 or more wickets in the final innings, without ever taking more than a three-for. Peter Siddle comes closest with 30-plus wickets although he has taken a four-for.

9 Tests Sri Lanka have lost in New Zealand. Only West Indies have fared worse. Sri Lanka's win-loss ratio in this country is 0.22, the third-worst after Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who are yet to win a Test here.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • rob on December 16, 2015, 7:18 GMT

    It's all gearing up for a great end of season crescendo. This is one of the strongest NZ sides I've ever seen and our team is a million miles (sorry, Km's) from the settled and experienced unit we normally put on the park. I'd be happy with 1-1, or 0-0. I could live with 0-1 but not too impressed with 0-2. .. As a bit of a stab in the dark I'd like to see young Joel Paris get a run if any of the incumbents (Patto, Haze & Sids) get injured, lose form or retire in the interim. I know Paris is only a kid with very little f/c experience but I can't shake the feeling he'd be a real handful in NZ. .. @ John_BNSA: All I've ever seen from you is anti-Oz stuff. Nothing else. Not a thing. You hate Australia, I get that, but how about declaring your allegiance? Who do you support? My guess is South Africa but it's only a guess. C'mon, put your cards on the table.

  • john on December 16, 2015, 5:48 GMT

    the only reason the pitches are being blamed is because Johnson got hammered.

  • Peter on December 15, 2015, 19:44 GMT

    @JOHN_BNSA. Yeah, you're right about the 2 different pitches last season & the one before. They were TOTALLY different or did you not see any games? The pitches against the Poms were typical quick Aussie pitches, last season against India, perhaps the Gabba was less so, were nothing like the ones previously & the scores confirmed it. That said, NZ have shown in away series in UAE & England that they are a formidable side & this talk about them going down is pure bravado. Make no mistake, if we win in NZ it will be an extremely good accomplishment against what is a very very good team. I have plenty of time for the Kiwis & IMHO, in Williamson, they have the premier batsman in test cricket. On their pitches, Boult & Co are as equal to any bowling attack in Test cricket, if not better than nearly all. It will be both a tough & keenly anticipated series.

  • Paul on December 15, 2015, 14:50 GMT

    @John_Bnsa I don't really see how your comments relate to my observation.

  • Shane on December 15, 2015, 7:27 GMT

    I see the usual Aussie suspects on here, getting in early to declare their superiority. That's reasonably unusual, so I have to presume they are a wee bit concerned about the coming series.

  • Paul on December 15, 2015, 3:05 GMT

    @STEVIES In the cold you wear a jumper. In the heat, what do you do? Going from cold to hot is always harder than the other way round.

  • Warks on December 15, 2015, 1:41 GMT

    How about McCullum equalling the sixes record of Gilchrist? It was mentioned in the report but not this article.

  • john on December 14, 2015, 21:12 GMT

    Cantbat_cantbowl, Australia were also pushed by India in 2014, even closer with West indies in 2009. They started blaming the pitches when the weakest away team in the world was scoring against the so called best bowler of all time. Yet in the 2013 ashes when they blew England away the pitches were fine. Lets see how Australia performs away, just like in the 2015 ashes steve smith said, "England wont even come close", and look what happened. NZ has similar conditions to England, lets see how Australia holds up in swinging conditions. Truth be told starc still cant handle a test series.

  • David on December 14, 2015, 20:14 GMT

    Johnthekiwi, that series of undefeated games includes three drawn matches against England in March 2013.

  • Wayne on December 14, 2015, 20:03 GMT

    Ahhh the interesting skew on stats. Looks impressive on face value but dig deeper on the opposition and more is revealed. Australia in the same period has a home record of 16 tests for 13 wins and only 3 draws against similar opposition however a 5-0 whitewash of the poms is buried in that. Our last home loss was to SA in Nov 2012. You Kiwi guys seem to rate your chances better in Feb without Starc touring but I'd have a little look at some of the work Pattinson & Hazelwood put in during the recent test in Hobart all be it against a very ordinary opposition. Pattinson in particular is working back up to good pace and his lines were very good. I'd rate our chances highly of bringing another NZ record to an end in this series just as we did in Adelaide.

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