New Zealand love to counter their trans-tasman rivals Australia in their backyard but the fact remains ~ Kiwis have not won a test match against Australia for 18 long years, with their last win coming at Auckland back in March 1993, 15 defeats and 6 draws ago. For a New Zealand test match win over Australia in Australia, we've go as far as 26 years back to 1985 when visitors won at Perth..
Will 2011 be New Zealand's year? Yes, if captain Ross Taylor is to be believed who issued a warning to their neighbours recently, saying his young team has the talent to taste victory away from home.
Aussies will be starting a new and long home season in which they later host India followed by tri-series including Sri Lanka but first up, are Kiwis, who've made the first move by canceling one of their two warm-up games, allowing players to feature in domestic competition back home.
New Zealand will play just one warm-up game, against Australia A at Allan Border Field in Brisbane before they indulge in first test match starting 1st December at Gabba. Second test match will be at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, from 9th December.
New Zealand won't be playing any one day or twenty20 matches on this tour.