New Zealand and India, now competing for the first World Test Final, were both latecomers to the Top Table. India was surely always going to get there, but New Zealand? They were poor relations. As far as their nearest cricketing neighbour was concerned, they were relations to be ignored. Australia simply could not be bothered to play them.

There was a Test in New Zealand in March 1946. Playing on a rain-affected pitch, Australia won by an innings and 103 runs. Australia’s 199 for eight declared was enough to secure victory, and that was that for another 20 years.