New Zealand Squad list of Probable Players to be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
The New Zealand National Cricket Team, nicknamed the Black Caps due to their all-black attire, is organized by New Zealand Cricket Board to represent the country in all formats of the game. With their current squad, they are the frontrunners for a chance to lift the trophy. Captained by Kane Williamson ever since the retirement of Brendon McCullum, the national side has been winning series all over the world. Their recent performances have earned the No. 3 spot in the ICC ODI rankings. The New Zealand team has yet to win an international event and have only been able to play one WC final in 2015. They eventually lost to Australia by a considerable margin. The runner-ups of last WC look forward to lifting the trophy.
Odds-on Squad for WC:
Coached by Gary Stead, New Zealand management is reviewing potential candidates to be selected to play at the international event before the deadline. It seems that New Zealand will announce their WC squad after the ongoing series against Bangladesh. The team will most certainly be captained by Kane Williamson. Their potential WC squad includes:
- Martin Guptill
- Colin Munro
- Kane Williamson (C)
- Ross Taylor
- Tom Latham (W)
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Mitchell Santner
- Trent Boult
- Tim Southee
- James Neesham
- Corey Anderson
- Adam Milne
- Lockie Ferguson
- Tim Seifert
- Ajaz Patel
This squad is the most probable but not final. It is based upon the recent performances. New Zealand looks like one of the most formidable sides of the tournament. Their well-balanced squad makes them a threatening opposition. New Zealand wasn’t impressive in their last ODI tournament. They were unable to earn their spot in the semi-finals of Champions Trophy 2017 and were knocked out in the group stages. Since CT 2017, they have been in spectacular form in limited overs cricket. They have shown promise with their batting and bowling.
New Zeland’s all matches against teams in ICC World Cup 2019
- New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Match 3, Saturday 1 June
- Bangladesh vs New Zealand, Match 9, Wednesday 5 June
- Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Match 13, Saturday 8 June
- India vs New Zealand, Match 18, Thursday 13 June
- New Zealand vs South Africa, Match 25, Wednesday 19 June
- Windies vs New Zealand, Match 29, Saturday 22 June
- New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match 33, Wednesday 26 June
- New Zealand vs Australia, Match 37, Saturday 29 June
- England vs New Zealand, Match 41, Wednesday 3 July
Although New Zealand lost their recent series against India, they are right back on track with their recent whitewash victory against Bangladesh. They are attempting to settle in their final squad before the World Cup. This series is the last chance for players to earn their spot in the WC squad. If New Zealand wishes to win the tournament, they’ll have to bring their A-game to the event. A set game plan will be crucial for their victory.
Expected Batting and Bowling Strategy:
Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will most definitely be opening the batting for New Zealand. They’ll have to bat really well and score with a decent rate in the initial mandatory power-play. If wickets fall then it’ll be up to the experienced Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson to bat through the middle overs and score a decent total. Something that they believe their bowlers can defend. Lower middle order would be reinforced by the likes of Corey Anderson and Tom Latham to set up a strong score. Then it’ll be up to the bowlers to restrict the batting side at the lowest total possible.
Time Southee and Trent Boult would most likely open the bowling for New Zealand as a left-hand right-hand combination. Spinners like Santner and Patel would be introduced in the middle to pick up wickets. Medium pacers like de Grandhomme and Ferguson will provide variations to the bowling line-up and Adam Milne can act as back-up for pace attack. New Zealand has displayed impressive performance against Bangladesh and if they carry on this momentum to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 they might be lifting that trophy for the very first time.