HomeAnalysisAnalysis Of New Zealand's 15-member Squad For ICC World...

Analysis Of New Zealand’s 15-member Squad For ICC World Cup 2019

- Advertisement -

For ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 New Zealand was the first nation to announce a 15-man squad for to be held in England and Wales from May 30 onwards.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 New Zealand Squad

Kane Williamson will lead the side and a lot revolves around the sturdy cricketer. Veteran Ross Taylor is set to be the seventh New Zealand player to feature in four Cricket World Cups. That’s a massive achievement.
Meanwhile, Williamson, Tim Southee, and Martin Guptill will be playing in their third World Cup tourney. All three are currently plying their trades in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The biggest surprise came in the form of wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, who is yet to play an ODI. Tim Seifert, a regular back-up in recent times to Tom Latham, was excluded.
This was partly due to a broken finger which has kept him out of action for the past month.
Blundell’s List A record is decent – he has averaged 23.81 with three half-centuries in 40 games so far, though he has a Test hundred. He is considered as a talented keeper behind the stumps.
Seamer Doug Bracewell, who featured in New Zealand’s home season, was handed the axe.
There were several other fast bowlers competing for spots, which led to Bracewell missing out.
Coach Gary Stead said that there were some tough calls during the selection process, but felt the right balance has been struck.
“The World Cup is the pinnacle of cricket, and to be the first nation to name a squad for the tournament is really exciting.
I’d like to congratulate all the players selected. To represent your country at a World Cup is a huge honor, and I know the entire squad and support staff are looking forward to the challenges ahead,” he said.
“As with any squad named for a major tournament, there’s had to be some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players.
The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup,” the Kiwi coach added.
New Zealand opens their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on June 1 in Cardiff. Here we analyze ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 New Zealand squad.

- Advertisement -

Williamson will need to handle the top order

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 New Zealand
Skipper Kane Williamson will need to shoulder the responsibility well. (Image: Twitter @BlackCaps)

New Zealand have experience in the opening department to start with. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are the household names.
They will be the main openers and both provide the base of getting off to brisk starts. They can take the game away in a flash and that can set the tempo for the Kiwis. Although, both these players can be guilty of being inconsistent at times.
Guptill, who scored 423 runs in ODIs last year, was wayward against India at the start of 2019. He got back to form against Bangladesh and scripted two successive centuries.
He has the desired quality to come strong. Munro will need to play smart cricket and make his selection count. The southpaw has all the shots in his book, but he has a poor average.
So the onus lies on Williamson to make it count for the side in an event as big as the World Cup. He will be the cynosure of all eyes.
The world class batsman’s role is massive at number three. When you look at other sides, they have their best batters in this position.
Virat Kohli (India), Joe Root (England), Steve Smith (Australia) and Babar Azam (Pakistan) are some of the biggest names donning the role.
Williamson was massive in 2018 and scored 468 runs in 11 matches last year that included two tons. His consistency will be beneficial for the side.

Taylor powers the Kiwis middle order

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 New Zealand
Ross Taylor was New Zealand’s best batsman in 2018. (Image: Twitter @BlackCaps)

Ross Taylor was New Zealand’s best batsman in ODIs last year.
He smashed 639 runs in 11 matches and was included in the ICC ODI Team of the Year. The veteran has plenty of experience under his belt.
He has smashed 8,026 runs in 218 ODIs for New Zealand. Taylor’s quality will benefit NZ in the middle order. He has the knack of getting those big scores and steering the side.
Henry Nicholls provides immense quality and depth. He is one of the rising stars of this unit. Nicholls has eight fifties and a ton in ODI cricket.
Tom Latham is a serious customer, who provides the authority in the middle. The southpaw has grown to become a quality name over the last five years.
The wicket-keeper batsman’s aggression will be crucial for the side.
Jimmy Neesham is a powerful all-rounder and his exploits with the bat in the lower middle order will serve purpose. He has the credentials to go long and strong at the death.
The side will be bolstered by his presence as there is a sense of cushion with him. Colin de Grandhomme has risen as a renowned cricketer. He can produce the fireworks and is a superb fielder as well.
28-year-old debutant Blundell will provide the cushion from the bench. He has been decent in domestic cricket.

NZ bowlers have the essentials to thrive

Trent Boult has been a top entity for New Zealand. (Image: Twitter @BlackCaps)

The Black Caps have a solid bowling line-up at their disposal.
The conditions in England and Wales will be supportive of their gameplay and one expects the bowlers to join the party.
Trent Boult, who is a master of swing bowling, could be the one to light up the show for the Kiwis. He was their star player in the 2015 World Cup.
Boult is a big match player and one expects him to stand up and deliver for the Black Caps.
Boult has 147 wickets in 79 ODIs at an economy-rate of 5.07. The left-arm speedster will have the experienced Tim Southee to support him.
Southee was superb in the previous edition of the World Cup and the two bowlers did well with the new ball. Lockie Ferguson brings great pace on offer.
He has the tendency to go for runs, but the right-arm fast bowler can give you wickets. So far he has been solid for New Zealand.
Matt Henry is the fourth pacer of the side. The 27-year-old is a polished cricketer and brings genuine wicket-taking abilities.
He has had a fruitful career with 78 wickets in just 43 matches. The bowler can clock consistently over 140 kph.
Ishant Sodhi got the over Todd Astle as the second main spinner. Sodhi is experienced and has played 63 limited-overs internationals.
He will be effective with his leg-spin on offer. Left-arm spinner Santner will lead the line. The versatile all-rounder is quite a utility player in the ranks for NZ.
Neesham and Grandhomme provide the cushion as pace-bowling all-rounders.
The Kiwis have lots of variety in their bowling and that makes them a solid side.

New Zealand World Cup fixtures list and squad

June 1: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
June 5: Bangladesh v New Zealand, The Oval
June 8: Afghanistan v New Zealand, Taunton
June 13: India v New Zealand, Trent Bridge
June 19: New Zealand v South Africa, Edgbaston
June 22: West Indies v New Zealand, Old Trafford
June 26: New Zealand v Pakistan, Edgbaston
June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord’s
July 1: England v New Zealand, Chester-le-Street
NZ squad: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.
 

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -