Cricket: NZ to win more trophy matches

More regular Chappell-Hadlee Trophy cricket against Australia is in the pipeline.

And sheet that back to a large extent to New Zealand's World Cup performances which have captured the imagination of the cricket world and taken the eye of the game's powerbrokers.

New Zealand last played Australia in a Chappell-Hadlee match at the World Cup in Auckland last month, the thriller won by New Zealand by a solitary wicket.

Previous to that, there was a five-game series in New Zealand in 2010, won 3-2 by Australia. But now hopes are high that there will be more frequent meetings between the transtasman rivals.

The trophy, named after two of the most prominent cricket families in the respective countries, began in 2004-05 with high hopes of being inked in each year, but then quietly disappeared under the weight of more tempting, and more frequent, series for Australia with other higher-profile countries.

"We'd like to think we might be playing Australia every year or every second year," New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said yesterday. "We are in serious conversations with [Cricket Australia chief executive] James Sutherland about bringing forward more regularity on the Chappell-Hadlee."

Part of New Zealand's problem is that they are not seen as a drawcard, either financially or in terms of being consistently strong opposition.

The World Cup has changed that thinking, and the manner in which New Zealand have gone about their cricket, with boldness and an aggressive mindset, hasn't hurt.

"That certainly helps," White said of the playing performance of Brendon McCullum's team. "These negotiations have been going on for the last 12 months but there's no question that, with the outstanding performances from the team, we have more clout and credibility."

Australia are hosting New Zealand in three tests later this year, expected to be Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart, and they meet again a couple of months later in New Zealand. Six tests should certainly whet the New Zealand appetite.

Tours already locked in years ahead make it tricky working in extra fixtures at relatively late notice, but New Zealand may be about to find it is less tricky on the back of the World Cup showing.

White is enthusiastic about the programme being mapped out for the next eight years, labelling it, "better than we've ever had before".

It includes home-and-away series against the other two members of the Big Three of the international game, India and England.

"You will not be disappointed," White said.


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