ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: New Zealand

Posted: 30 May 2019 10:35 am
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New Zealand has a balanced side greater than the sum of its parts. Can the Black Caps go one better and win the 2019 Cricket World Cup?

Also read: Our ICC Cricket World Cup guide

In 2015, New Zealand looked like they would win the Cricket World Cup. The Black Caps beat all in their path before coming undone against Australia in the final. This year, without the pressure of expectation that comes with playing at home and English conditions that will suit them, New Zealand have an outside chance for glory.

Will New Zealand win the Cricket World Cup?

Led by unflappable captain Kane Williamson, New Zealand have a bowling attack that will put fear into many a top order, especially if the ball is swinging. Trent Boult and Tim Southee know their craft well and will be dangerous, as they showed recently in a warm-up match against India. If the batsmen can do the job with the bat then the bowlers will be a force to be reckoned with.

A lot of that comes down to Williamson, the team's best player, and the experienced duo of Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor, New Zealand's all-time leading ODI runscorer.

The Black Caps are certainly in with a good chance of progressing through the group stage and into the semi-finals. They might not have the same depth as some of the more favoured teams, but they're a team that will work together and hope to over-achieve again, as they always do for such a small nation.

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How to watch New Zealand's Cricket World Cup matches

The good news is you can watch every single delivery of New Zealand's Cricket World Cup campaign live (or on demand) through two services: Foxtel and Kayo Sports. We've put together a detailed comparison of these two live sports streaming services, alongside more information in our where to watch the Cricket World Cup guide.

New Zealand Cricket World Cup squad

Here is New Zealand's 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. This can be changed up until 30 May in case of injuries, so we'll update this list as required. New Zealand's squad features one debutant in Tom Blundell and has had no squad changes since the initial announcement.

PlayerAgeCapsPositionBatting rankBowling rankAll-rounder rank
Kane Williamson (c)28139Batsman11>10034
Tim Southee (vc)30139Bowler>1004064
Tom Blundell (wk)280Wicket-keeper-batsman>100>100>100
Trent Boult2979Bowler>100225
Colin de Grandhomme3228All-rounder915623
Lockie Ferguson2827Bowler>1002172
Martin Guptill32169Batsman8>10069
Matt Henry2743Bowler>1001444
Tom Latham (wk)2785Wicket-keeper-batsman27>100>100
Colin Munro3251Batsman65>10068
James Neesham2849All-rounder609028
Henry Nicholls2741Batsman40>100>100
Mitchell Santner2759All-rounder80235
Ish Sodhi2630Bowler>1003986
Ross Taylor35218Batsman3>100>100

New Zealand Cricket World Cup fixtures

Here are the scheduled matches for New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This includes a guide on where to watch a live stream of New Zealand's matches.

StageMatchDateStart time (AEST)Team ATeam BVenueWhere to watch
Group3Saturday 1 June19:30New ZealandSri LankaSophia GardensKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group9Wednesday 5 June22:30BangladeshNew ZealandKennington OvalKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group13Saturday 8 June22:30AfghanistanNew ZealandCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group18Thursday 13 June19:30IndiaNew ZealandTrent BridgeKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group25Wednesday 19 June19:30New ZealandSouth AfricaEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group29Saturday 22 June22:30West IndiesNew ZealandOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group33Wednesday 26 June19:30New ZealandPakistanEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group37Saturday 29 June22:30New ZealandAustraliaLord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group41Wednesday 3 July19:30EnglandNew ZealandRiverside GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel
Semi-finalsSF 1Tuesday 9 July19:301st4thOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finalsSF 2Thursday 11 July19:302nd3rdEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
FinalFSunday 14 July19:30Winner semi-final 1Winner semi-final 2Lord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine

New Zealand Cricket World Cup team news

Uncapped Blundell could start in New Zealand's opener

29.5.19 – Despite being uncapped and plucked from relative obscurity to make the World Cup squad, back-up wicketkeeper Tom Blundell has done his selection chances no harm by scoring 106 in New Zealand's final warm-up match against West Indies. Blundell is yet to make his ODI debut but the selectors will feel relaxed knowing they have depth behind the stumps if Tom Latham doesn't recover from a broken finger in time to face Sri Lanka in New Zealand's opening match.

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