ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: New Zealand
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.
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|
|Colin de Grandhomme||32||28||All-rounder||91||56||23|
|Tom Latham (wk)||27||85||Wicket-keeper-batsman||27||>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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