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New Zealand's Indomitable Duo

John Heads | 12:41am gmt 22 Mar 2010
New Zealand
Vettori taking a blow to the body for his country.
The 4th day of the first Test of Australia's tour of New Zealand seemed like a case of business as usual in Wellington. The city was showing off its famous gale force winds and the Australian cricket team was trouncing New Zealand. After being forced to follow on after a paltry first innings of 157 and already having already lost 5 wickets for 187 in their second, New Zealand was staring down the barrel of an embarrassing innings defeat. Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum however weren't going to go down without a fight.

In the first over of the day Vettori hit Bollinger for a majestic boundary through the cover region. In retaliation to this Bollinger bounced one in short at the New Zealand skipper's body who easily ducked out of the way. For a majority of the day this would be the case, Australia's attack being unable force any dominance upon the Kiwi batsman. McCullum and Vettori accumulating a record in the process, reaching New Zealand's highest 6th wicket partnership against Australia in the second innings with their 126 run stand.

This however isn't the first time McCullum and Vettori have saved New Zealand from embarrassment and a crushing defeat; their figures together are nothing short of remarkable.

The indomitable duo have batted together a total of 29 times in Test matches putting together 1312 runs @ 45.24 with 4 hundreds and 6 fifties.

Since the 1st of January 2004 (the year of McCullum's debut) they have been far and away New Zealand's most prolific partnership.

BB McCullum, DL Vettori29131245.2446
JDP Oram, DL Vettori1676147.5632
BB McCullum, JDP Oram1757138.0605
JD Ryder, LRPL Taylor952858.6612
SP Fleming, SB Styris1348237.0712

Besides dominating proceedings for the New Zealand Test team in recent years they also hold up quite well to the all-time great New Zealand batting duos. If age is taken into account this could potentially improve their figures even more, McCullum being only 28 and Vettori 31.

NJ Astle, SP Fleming58195133.63215
MD Crowe, AH Jones28180364.3946
BA Edgar, JG Wright60176031.42112
TJ Franklin, JG Wright28154355.1055
AH Jones, JG Wright33149049.6664
NJ Astle, CD McMillan35131941.21210
BB McCullum, DL Vettori29131245.2446

However one of the most remarkable things about their partnerships is that they have almost entirely game for the 6th, 7th or 8th wickets. Making them one of the all-time greatest lower order batting partnerships.

IA Healy, SR Waugh (Aus)57219839.9666
AC Gilchrist, DR Martyn (Aus)22148774.3553
MV Boucher, SM Pollock (SA)43130632.6525
BB McCullum, DL Vettori (NZ)28130546.6046
AW Greig, APE Knott (Eng)35130437.2546
N Kapil Dev, SMH Kirmani (Ind)26112645.0427
A Flintoff, GO Jones (Eng)19108560.2753

A common feature for these partnerships is of a wicket-keeper batsman and top class all-rounder combination which is most certainly the case for McCullum and Vettori.

With their complimentary unorthodox styles and the sheer tenacity they use to stave away defeat, Vettori and McCullum will almost certainly go down as one of New Zealand's if not the world's greatest batting partnerships.

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nice one john........

A nicely constructed article Athlai, was a good read. :)

Very nicely written article. Good stuff.

An article praising McCullum for being a gutsy fighter?

Nice article.

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