The #CWC15 party goes Trans-Tasman with #AUSvNZ

By Jonno Simpson
Friday, 27 February 2015

Best of enemies Australia (@CricketAUS) and New Zealand (@blackcaps) do battle in an ODI for the first time in four years on Saturday, and with top spot in the #CWC15 group potentially on the line, the stakes are even higher than usual. It’s set to be one of the biggest matches of #CWC15, and Twitter has you sorted for the build up and beyond.

Just in time for the Trans-Tasman grudge match, hashflags are back, and they’re the perfect way to Tweet your support for your team! Currently available on Android and desktop (iOS available very soon), hashflags are a fun and easy way to add some color to your Tweets. Like the examples below, use a hashtag in front of the relevant three-letter country code, and that country’s flag will appear after the text.

The #CWC15 party goes Trans-Tasman with #AUSvNZ

The #CWC15 party goes Trans-Tasman with #AUSvNZ

On game day, if you aren’t lucky enough to be at Auckland’s Eden Park for the big match, Twitter is the place to get closer to the big moments as the #AUSvNZ match timeline comes alive with score updates and a curated timeline of Tweets related to the game from within your network or official accounts. Click here for the desktop and mobile web experience, or search #AUSvNZ on your iPhone or Android app to enjoy all the action.

The #CWC15 party goes Trans-Tasman with #AUSvNZ

Screenshots from the Twitter #CWC15 match and tournament timelines.

The Twitter Trans-Tasman Dream Team
Throughout the tournament and in the lead up to Saturday’s game, Twitter has been abuzz with chatter about both country’s performances and chances of victory. And despite the relative size difference between the two countries, the Kiwis have been more than holding their own, as this combined team made up of the most mentioned @CricketAUS and @blackcaps players shows:

The #CWC15 party goes Trans-Tasman with #AUSvNZ

When it comes to a comparison of Twitter conversation, the @blackcaps have again outdone their @CricketAus counterparts, toting up the most-mentioned players, matches and games moments.

Most mentioned #AUS and #NZ players during #CWC15

  1. Brendon McCullum - #NZ
  2. Tim Southee - #NZ
  3. Aaron Finch - #AUS
  4. Steve Smith - #AUS
  5. Kane Williamson - #NZ

Most-mentioned matches involving #AUS or #NZ

  1. #ENGvNZ
  2. #AUSvENG
  3. #NZvSL

Most-mentioned moments (measured in Tweets per minute) involving #AUS or #NZ

  1. #ENGvNZ - Brendon McCullum scores the fastest half-century in World Cup history (15:17)
  2. #ENGvNZ - Chris Woakes gets McCullum out for 77 off 25 balls (15:26)
  3. #AUSvENG - Steve Finn claims his hat-trick in the final ball of the innings (18:18)
  4. #AUSvENG - Steve Smith takes a stunning catch to put England at 92/6 (20:28)
  5. #AUSvENG - James Taylor is given out as Australia claim a 111 run victory (22:01)

One area where the teams have been truly equal is in using Twitter to give their fans a behind the scenes look at the build up to the potential group decider. Here’s a collection of some of our favourite Tweets from @CricketAUS and the @blackcaps during the build up to #AUSvNZ:

So which country is going to take the points, the Chappell-Hadlee trophy and a giant step towards top spot in the group by Saturday night? Only time and 100-ish overs of top quality cricket will tell, but Aussie fans will hope that our old friend@Predictaroo is on the money!