In the head-to-head 46 Test contests between New Zealand and Windies, the Blacks Caps edged past the Caribbean side for the first time since 1952 regarding more wins than the opposition.
With the convincing win over Jason Holder-led Windies by an innings and 67 runs on day four, the hosts Kiwis took an unassailable lead of two-match Test series 1-0 following the all-round show at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Before the Wellington Test, New Zealand-Windies were sitting at 13 wins each in 47 Tests.
As of now, New Zealand has no achieved more Test wins over Windies which reads the Windies won the scoreline of 14 in favour of the Kane Williamson-led side and 13.
However, since 1999, as Windies struggled to perform like they did before and dominated the World cricket in 1970’s and 1980’s while banking on all-round performances.
In 18 head-to-head fixtures, in past 18 years, New Zealand won 10 Test matches and Windies claimed three wins, as five Test matches ended on a no-result.
Even though, the Windies have tried to replicate what they were better known off in the past further turned out to be unimpressive particularly against the Kiwis post-2000.
Pertinently, Windies have dominated New Zealand team thoroughly until 1996 in the traditional format, as they won 10 in 28 Tests, as the Black Caps managed to win just four.
With the emergence of Twenty20 professional leagues in the cricketing globe, Test cricket seemingly has had taken a toll, as Windies played just 18 Test in 18 years which reflects how the traditional format has panned out of late in the gentleman’s game.
And in between 1952 and 1996, in the space of 44 years, New Zealand faced Windies in 28 Test matches.
Interestingly, Windies won 168 Tests in 529 Test fixtures, lost 175, as 186 matches were drawn games.
On the other side, New Zealand managed to win just 90 Test in 423 Test matches, as 163 games were drawn which further saw them losing 170 matches.
Concluding, with the Test cricket witnessing the sparse crowds at distinct venues apart from the traditional Ashes series between Australia and England, the world cricket body International Cricket Council (ICC) has already approved the Test Championship which will commence post-2019 50-over World Cup.
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