New Zealand are entering this World Cup as under dogs. They haven’t proved their strength yet. Only thing they defeated the weaker Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and lost to India in their own backyard. The squad analysis for the black caps are as follows.
New Zealand World Cup Squad
Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi.
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New Zealand World Cup Schedule and Fixtures
|June 1, 2019||New Zealand vs Sri Lanka||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
|June 5, 2019||Bangladesh vs New Zealand||Kennington Oval, London|
|June 8, 2019||Afghanistan vs New Zealand||The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton|
|June 13, 2019||India vs New Zealand||Trent Bridge, Nottingham|
|June 19, 2019||New Zealand vs South Africa||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|June 22, 2019||West Indies vs New Zealand||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester|
|June 26, 2019||New Zealand vs Pakistan||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|June 29, 2019||New Zealand vs Australia||Lord’s, London|
|July 3, 2019||England vs New Zealand||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street|
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Story so far
Played 76 matches post 2015 World Cup. The Black Caps won 43 matches, lost 30 matches and 3 matches been No Result. On considering their performances, it is seen that this team is an average team, with 50-50 chances of qualifying to next stage.
The return of Martin Guptill after one year has been a big boost at the opening. But the other opener either Munro or Nicholls are not in their prime form. So, it’s a big concern for kiwis. The middle order looks solid in the form of captain Kane Williamson and ever dependent Ross Taylor. Both were in good forms and carried the team forward whenever they come into picture.
The team also has big hitting players like Grandhomme and Neesham who can bat explosively at the depth. Tom Latham can be more dangerous in the squad be it opener or middle order, he can give boost to the squad. Also he’s the keeper to the team. Tom Blundell is the new player scored a century against West Indies and also he’s a keeper.
Trent Boult form is very crucial to the team. He’s taken 8 wickets in two warm matches. He has taken 21 wickets in 10 matches this year. Along with him is Tim Southee, who can lend support and can partner with Boult in bowling new balls. Santner can bowl spin variations and may assist in bowling.
Ferguson can bowl at 140+, but not consistent in taking wickets. Neesham and Grandhomme can lend support in bowling as part timers, but cannot guarantee wickets. They just can provide economical bowling.
Players to watch out for
Ross Taylor – Very dependent and solid batting. He can rotate the strike and can also explode as per the situation demands. The kiwi batting is relying heavily.
Kane Williamson – Captain of the black caps and also can contribute at number 3. The most consistent player in the team.
Trent Boult – Boult can destroy any batting order with his fast bowling and can be lethal at the death overs.
X – factor
James Neesham is the X-factor for kiwis. He can bat with good strike rate and can be exploit at the depth overs.
New Zealand are not much contenders for the semi finals. They can give a tough fight but cannot move to Semi Finals.