ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: New Zealand

Posted: 30 May 2019 10:35 am News

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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.

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank Bowling rank All-rounder rank
Kane Williamson (c) 28 139 Batsman 11 >100 34
Tim Southee (vc) 30 139 Bowler >100 40 64
Tom Blundell (wk) 28 0 Wicket-keeper-batsman >100 >100 >100
Trent Boult 29 79 Bowler >100 2 25
Colin de Grandhomme 32 28 All-rounder 91 56 23
Lockie Ferguson 28 27 Bowler >100 21 72
Martin Guptill 32 169 Batsman 8 >100 69
Matt Henry 27 43 Bowler >100 14 44
Tom Latham (wk) 27 85 Wicket-keeper-batsman 27 >100 >100
Colin Munro 32 51 Batsman 65 >100 68
James Neesham 28 49 All-rounder 60 90 28
Henry Nicholls 27 41 Batsman 40 >100 >100
Mitchell Santner 27 59 All-rounder 80 23 5
Ish Sodhi 26 30 Bowler >100 39 86
Ross Taylor 35 218 Batsman 3 >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.

Stage Match Date Start time (AEST) Team A Team B Venue Where to watch
Group 3 Saturday 1 June 19:30 New Zealand Sri Lanka Sophia Gardens Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 9 Wednesday 5 June 22:30 Bangladesh New Zealand Kennington Oval Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 13 Saturday 8 June 22:30 Afghanistan New Zealand County Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 18 Thursday 13 June 19:30 India New Zealand Trent Bridge Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 25 Wednesday 19 June 19:30 New Zealand South Africa Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 29 Saturday 22 June 22:30 West Indies New Zealand Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 33 Wednesday 26 June 19:30 New Zealand Pakistan Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 37 Saturday 29 June 22:30 New Zealand Australia Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group 41 Wednesday 3 July 19:30 England New Zealand Riverside Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Semi-finals SF 1 Tuesday 9 July 19:30 1st 4th Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finals SF 2 Thursday 11 July 19:30 2nd 3rd Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Final F Sunday 14 July 19:30 Winner semi-final 1 Winner semi-final 2 Lord's Kayo 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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