Cricket in New Zealand

Cricket in New Zealand

New Zealand’s cricketers are known as the Black Caps. Cricket was one of the first sports that the country played, but it was not until 1930, until they played their first Test Match, and the first victory against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland did not come until 1956. Venues Cricket is played […]

For a country with few people, why is NZ so strong at sport – Part 2

For a country with few people, why is NZ so strong at sport – Part 2

The Second World War played a massive role in New Zealand’s impetus in its search for a sense of national identity. At that time, the population was only 1.6 million, yet 140,000 served in the war and 11,928 lost their lives. The ratio of killed people per million (6684) was the largest among the Commonwealth […]

For a country with few people, why is NZ so strong at sport? – Part 1

For a country with few people, why is NZ so strong at sport? – Part 1

New Zealand is a small country with a population of only 4 million people. Considering the small population, it produces a disproportionately high number of individual sports for men and women, plus world class sports sides. What is it about this country at the bottom of the world that enables it to compete with much […]

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