Blackcaps v Australia: New Zealand worst touring test side in 139 years

New Zealand's tour of Australia offered the Blackcaps a chance to prove their credentials as one of the very best sides of all time.

Ultimately, it ended in humiliation, with statistics showing Kane Williamson's side was the worst to tour Australia in 139 years.

Ninety-four international teams have played three tests or more in Australia since 1881 and this New Zealand side was the most unproductive with the bat.

The Blackcaps scored 166, 171, 148, 240, 256 and 136 across all three tests, with the highest partnership being only 76, between Williamson and Ross Taylor under lights in Perth. 

According to Cricinfo, New Zealand's 19.25 runs per wicket was the second-lowest since 1931, while the 256 scored in Sydney, which included five bonus runs, is the lowest best innings of any of the 94 touring sides. 

Tom Blundell (172) was the only New Zealander to feature on the top five runscorers in the series and the only Kiwi to pass 100.

Australia had three centurymakers - Marnus Labuschagne (two), David Warner and Travis Head.

Embarrassingly for New Zealand's premier test batsman, Kane Williamson, his four innings tally of 57 runs was less than Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who scored 76 runs in his four turns at bat. 

The only shimmer of light was tireless workhorse Neil Wagner, who finished with 17 wickets, behind only Nathan Lyon, but his 157.3 overs was 41 more than any other bowler in the series.

New Zealand is now fifth in the world test championship on 60 points, but a victory for England in the second test against South Africa would drop them to sixth.

ICC World Test Championship points
(Each series carries a collective 120 points) 

India 360, Australia 296, Pakistan 80, Sri Lanka 80, New Zealand 60, England 56, South Africa 30, West Indies 0, Bangladesh 0