NZ’s Eden Park T20 record
Not flash. New Zealand have won five of 14 and lost the only previous match against Australia: the retro night in 2005 — the first international T20 — when New Zealand went beige and played it partly for laughs. Ricky Ponting chuckled away, then went to work with his finest T20 innings, 98, which was remarkable at the time because no one had really conceived of the idea one player could score a century in the format. What’s more, New Zealand have lost their last three T20s on cricket’s oddest-shaped international ground — twice to Pakistan and once to South Africa, when New Zealand looked as if they were batting in a telephone box against legspinner Imran Tahir.