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Every pet has its day: Phil Tufnell’s brand New Zealand fantasy

Every pet has its day: Phil Tufnell’s brand New Zealand fantasy

ROB SMYTH recalls triumphant visit to New Zealand in 1991/92, forgotten whenever Tufnell felt along with the planet

An thing that is extraordinary in come july 1st’s World Cup last: England won a match against brand New Zealand that no one is ever going to forget. Frequently, just the defeats are recalled – landmarks within the latest existential crisis, each provided their particular shorthand that is evocative. The ‘sex, drugs and stone ‘n’ roll’ trip of 1983/84; Ilford 2nd XI in 1986; the team that is worst on earth in 1999.

It certainly claims lots concerning the psyche of English cricket plus the mindset towards New Zealand; a contradictory blend of entitlement, superiority, self-loathing and fatalism. When you look at the 1990s, England won four away from five Test show against New Zealand. However the just one anybody really discusses is the fact that defeat in 1999. That’s specially harsh in the teams that won therefore impressively, 2-0 each and every time, in brand brand New Zealand in 1991/92 and 1996/97.

Whenever England found its way to January 1992, New Zealand hadn’t lost a string in the home for 13 years. Sir Richard Hadlee had recently resigned, however they will be good adequate to draw 1-1 against an ever more solid australia per year later on. Yet England, enjoying an unusual amount of serenity in a tumultuous decade, beat these with simplicity.

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