New Zealand cricket team is yet to enter in a cricket world cup final but their wish can come true this year as they are playing world cup in their home conditions. They have got big advantage of playing the mega event in front of home support and crowd. Brendon McCullum will be leading Kiwi team in 2015 ICC world cup beginning from 14 Feb.
Kiwi side is in great form these days as they defeated Sri Lanka in an ODI series and test series. NZ also beat Pakistan in two One-Day series by 2-0. So they are in good touch and has capabilities to claim first world cup title.
NZ world cup squad:
Brendon McCullum (Captain), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Mitch McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi and Ross Taylor.
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Key Players: Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori.
At the top of order New Zealand has destructive opener Brendon McCullum who can put pressure on opponent from the very first ball of match. On the other hand Martin Guptil can play in both roles as a steady & defensive batsman and at the same time he can be dangerous. Kiwi team’s one of the most key players of 2015 world cup Kane Williamson bats at no 3 and it’s perfect for him. So New Zealand’s top order looks perfect.
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In the middle order NZ has got Ross Taylor at number 4, then Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi to follow. Middle order had some issues but Ross’s hundred runs inning against Pakistan in last ODI match, makes New Zealand batting line up and strong candidates of world cup. Corey Anderson down to the order can be very helpful for them or team management can do experiment with Anderson to promote him at the top.
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New Zealand has got some serious bowling line-up in these bowling favoring conditions. Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne and Mitch McClenaghan are the regular fast bowlers in the squad. Except these bowlers Kiwi team has good all-rounders like Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott who can help in the bowling as well. In the spin department NZ has one of the most experienced world class bowlers Daniel Vettori. Hence they got good bowling attack in this world cup.
What do you think about New Zealand, can they become world cricket champions?