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What did the world look like when West Indies last won a Test in New Zealand?



Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

The wait continues for disappointing West Indies.

They played promising cricket in England and Zimbabwe, and raised hopes of a revival. However, West Indies came to New Zealand without a Test win in the country since 1996 and it was fair to say that this series would give us an accurate representation of where the West Indies are at.

Can we say they have improved significantly? No.

They have no achieved the same series result (2-0 loss) in their last three tours to New Zealand, and have not even won a Test match there since 1996.

It’s been so long and the world has changed so much, so it is of interest to me to share how the world looked back then and how much its changed since.

The big events in 1996, the year West Indies last won a Test in New Zealand:

  • Spice Girls released their first single “Wannabe”, which was the number one song in 37 countries. To paint a picture of how long it’s been since the West Indies won a Test in NZ, the Spice Girls were done by 2000 and came back for stints in 2007-08 and 2012.
  • Seinfeld, Frasier and Friends were some of the top TV shows in the world. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, starring Will Smith, aired its final show.
These guys were doing their thing when West Indies last won in NZ…
  • In 1996, there was said to be 257,601 websites, with about 36 million internet users across the globe. Since West Indies last won a Test in NZ, another 1.2 billion websites and 3.4 billion internet users have changed the world. Facebook itself has over 2 billion users.
  • The “Macarena” was the number one song in 1996!
  • Independence Day was the biggest film and Nintendo 64 was just released…
  • Bill Clinton was President of the United States of America.
  • The Nokia 8110 was the phone to have!
This phone was considered revolutionary the last time WI won a Test in NZ

The world has changed significantly since 1996, but unfortunately for West Indies, their poor record in New Zealand hasn’t. 
I shouldn’t take away from a good result for New Zealand. From this series, here are some of the key highlights that will make New Zealand fans smile:
  • Trent Boult became the second fastest New Zealander to 200 Test wickets, reaching the mark in his 52nd Test. Only Richard Hadlee is ahead, reaching the figure in 44 Tests.
  • Ross Taylor now has the equal most Test centuries by a New Zealand player (17). He has equalled Martin Crowe and Kane Williamson.
  • Since 2012, New Zealand have won 100% of their Test series against teams ranked fourth or lower (5/5).
  • Colin de Grandhomme scored the fastest maiden Test century in history. This was also the second-fastest by a New Zealander (fastest – 54 balls by Brendon McCullum).
  • Neil Wagner took 14 wickets in this series, which the fifth highest by a New Zealander in a two match series. Daniel Vettori tops this list (20 v Bangladesh in 2004/05), followed by Chris Martin (18) and Chris Cairns (17).
All in all, a series that was important for both teams ending with an easy New Zealand win. It is a shame for New Zealand that their next Test won’t be until March against England, as this win would have created some nice momentum. For West Indies, their wait for a Test win in New Zealand continues. Can they turn things around in the limited overs series?
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Charbel Coorey
Charbel Coorey
Charbel is the owner & founder of, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at

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