ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand team profile

first_img SL Lockie Ferguson Lockie Ferguson IND Bowler Caught – 43 NZ Tom Latham Tom Latham Bowler Team Profile 2154 Total runs scored New Zealand The left-hander is only one of three players to have scored three or more Twenty20 international centuries and has a world class average of 33.59. However, he has yet to pass three figures in 51 one-day internationals, where he averages just 24.91.He has also been dismissed for single figures in 10 of his last 21 innings, prompting Stead to promote Henry Nicholls to open with Martin Guptill in most recent matches.Another hint at the change in tactical focus was the recall of Tom Blundell from the international wilderness as a second wicketkeeper at the expense of Tim Seifert.The agressive Seifert can float up and down the order and has opened in Twenty20 internationals but failed to convince with the gloves.There is still some top quality batting in the line-up with captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor able to build a platform which allows power-hitting all-rounders James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme to provide the fireworks at the death.advertisementConditions at the tournament are expected to be batsmen-friendly after 300 runs were scored on 28 occasions, and 400 three times, in ODIs in England over the last four years.Bowling sides out will therefore be imperative from their opener against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1 if Williamson’s team are to advance out of the 10-team round-robin format and make their eighth semi-final.”The word is it will be a high-scoring World Cup, but the best chance with the ball is certainly if we can bowl teams out and be aggressive in that,” Stead said.”I think that will be a critical factor.”That responsibility will rest largely on the shoulders of Trent Boult, the joint highest wicket-taker at the last World Cup with 22, with the quick looking to exploit what seam and swing he can extract from the wickets.There is, however, a huge question mark over his new ball partner Tim Southee, whose performances in the format are on a downward trajectory.Virtually unplayable when he destroyed England with 7-33 at Wellington four years ago, Southee has played just 45 of New Zealand’s 76 games since the last World Cup.His 51 wickets since have come at a cost of 41.46 runs each making his place in the expected three-pronged pace attack with Boult, Lockie Ferguson or Matt Henry far from assured. The all-out attack with the bat that propelled New Zealand to their maiden World Cup final four years ago has been modified by coach Gary Stead for this year’s tournament after a successor to Brendon McCullum failed to emerge.McCullum, who captained the side in 2015 and retired a year later, helped New Zealand redefine the way one-day cricket was played and inspired England’s transformation in the wake of their embarrassingly early exit from that tournament.The Black Caps, however, have apparently abandoned the tactic of attacking from ball one largely because of a lack of an opening batsmen who can produce the sort of assault McCullum was able to.Colin Munro’s failure to replicate his Twenty20 form in the longer format must be at least partly responsible for the tactical switch. Kane Williamson Captain Henry Nicholls Henry Nicholls Total runs in each powerplay Total 50’s/100’s 11/2 All-Rounder ENG All-Rounder BAN Jimmy Neesham Jimmy Neesham PAK 66 Total Wickets Tim Southee Tim Southee SA Matt Henry Matt Henry AFG Run Outs – 5 Batsman AUS Colin Munro Colin Munro Bowler STUMPED – 1 The New Zealand cricket team, also known as the Black Caps, played its first Test in 1929-30 against England. However, it was only in the 1955-56 season that the team won its first Test against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. Pakistan was its first ODI opponent in a match played at Christchurch in the 1972-73 season.The Kiwis, as the team members are also referred to, have produced some top-class international cricketers. Foremost among them is Sir Richard Hadlee, one of New Zealand’s and the world’s best all-rounders. He took the then world record for most Test wickets (374) against India at Bangalore in 1988. He lost the record to Kapil Dev eventually and of course, other bowlers who have surpassed them by now. Hadlee was the first bowler to reach 400 Test wickets, again getting there while playing versus India at Christchurch in 1990. Martin Crowe, John Reid, Chris Cairns, Adam Parore, Craig McMillan, John Wright, Ken Rutherford and a host of others have notably served New Zealand cricket over the years.Stephen Fleming is one name that stands out when it comes to the most successful captains of New Zealand. He led the team to 28 Test victories, more than twice as many as any other captain. Replacing him was Daniel Vettori, whose name was synonymous with New Zealand Cricket for a long time. The team has been quite unlucky with regard to its World Cup campaigns. They have made it to the semi-finals six times but have failed to qualify further each time.That all soon changed though. In the 2015 World Cup, under Brendon McCullum’s inspirational leadership, New Zealand made it to their first-ever final, although they eventually ended up losing to Australia. Soon after that, Kane Williamson was given the command of the Kiwi team. New Zealand prospered under the able captaincy of Kane Williamson and winning a Test series against Pakistan in the U.A.E. was one of his biggest achievements. The Black Caps, wearing the underdogs tag, once again performed supremely in the 2019 World Cup but failed to cross the last hurdle in a thrilling final at Lord’s. Batsman 3 – Lost Mitchell Santner Mitchell Santner Colin de Grandhomme Colin de Grandhomme Kane Williamson Kane Williamson Bowler Batsman LBW – 7 4s-176 6s-23 Ross Taylor Ross Taylor Wicket Keeper 11 Matches Played Tom Blundell Tom Blundell Wicket Keeper Batsman Ish Sodhi Ish Sodhi WI All-Rounder 842 runs in boundries New Zealand Martin Guptill Martin Guptill Bowled – 10 Bowler All-Rounder Trent Boult Trent Boult 6 – WONlast_img read more