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Hopes are again high but history says New Zealand will choke in Australia | Geoff Lemon

The Kiwis will venture across the Tasman full of confidence for their Test series against Australia. But on past experience, this New Zealand team will suffer stage fright like the ones before

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A spirited group of New Zealanders have strung together some impressive Test results. They are punching above their weight on the ICC world rankings, and similarly global admiration for their leader. They have a reputation for decency and decorum while playing a tough and skilful game. They are perfectly placed to come to Australia and win for the first time since Richard Hadlee was running amok and The Cure started becoming a mainstream hit.

The sentiments above have been broadly expressed over the past couple of weeks. They could equally have been copy-pasted back four years to the November of 2015, the last time that New Zealand reached the final stages of preparation for an Australian tour.

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