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  • England v New Zealand, first Test: as it happened - Telegraph.co.uk
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  • John Parker backs former selector Bruce Edgar's call for New Zealand Cricket ... - Stuff.co.nz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Stuff.co.nzJohn Parker backs former selector Bruce Edgar's call for New Zealand Cricket ...
  • Worcestershire v New Zealanders, Tour match, New Road, 4th day May 17, 2015 - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comWorcestershire v New Zealanders, Tour match, New Road, 4th day May 17, 2015ESPNcricinfo.comAs is the increasing custom of many warm-up games played by touring sides, this was not a first-class match - New Zealand utilised 14 players; Worcestershire 15 - and there was, at times, a lack of intensity to proceedings. Moeen Ali missed the final ...
  • Jonathan Millmow: Bruce Edgar's departure a bad look for New Zealand Cricket - Stuff.co.nz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Stuff.co.nzJonathan Millmow: Bruce Edgar's departure a bad look for New Zealand CricketStuff.co.nzHe has highlighted New Zealand Cricket as the Frank Spencer of sports administration. An organisation unable to find him a suitable ticket to watch the first game of the World Cup and still only worried about themselves and their partners by the time ...
  • NZ propped up by Watling knock - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comNZ propped up by Watling knockESPNcricinfo.comThis was a far slower pace of play than the last occasion New Zealand took the field but for a while, at 133 for 6, they did not look likely to better their total in the World Cup final. But while the Black Caps were making their run through the ...
  • New Zealand cricketers not so keen on day-night Tests - Daily Maverick
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Daily MaverickNew Zealand cricketers not so keen on day-night TestsDaily MaverickThat's if the New Zealand Cricket Players Association have got anything to do with it. The Association said on Thursday that its players are mostly against the idea due to fears that it might "devalue" the game. New Zealand is due to tour Australia ...
  • Cricket authorities wary that Essel Group wants to take over game - Sydney Morning Herald
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Sydney Morning HeraldCricket authorities wary that Essel Group wants to take over gameSydney Morning HeraldIn Australia Essel have registered the company Australian Cricket Control Pty Ltd with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, in New Zealand they have attempted to register the name New Zealand Cricket Limited and in other full and ...Fears of new split in world cricket after 'rival' boards are registeredThe GuardianICC addresses threat to world cricket3News NZall 30 news articles »
  • Cricket legend Martin Crowe wants Bruce Edgar back as Black Caps selection ... - Stuff.co.nz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Stuff.co.nzCricket legend Martin Crowe wants Bruce Edgar back as Black Caps selection ...
  • Stuart Broad: Victory over New Zealand vital after Pietersen furore - The Guardian
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">The GuardianStuart Broad: Victory over New Zealand vital after Pietersen furoreThe GuardianAnd if we win games, people will want to watch us. “It's vital to win this series against New Zealand. It's a good opportunity going into the first Test for us to concentrate on the actual cricket, how we are going to up our game, get results and how ...

New Zealand ICC World Cup 2011 Profile

New Zealand national cricket team
New Zealand national cricket team

Strength

New Zealand is the one side that epitomises a fighting culture. Individually, they may possess the best of talents given that cricket is not the favourite sport in the country – others like rugby and soccer take precedence. However, the New Zealand side is known to give some of the opposition a run for their money with their ability to fight tooth and nail as a unit.

 

Weakness

Unfortunately for New Zealand, apart from their captain Daniel Vettori and a couple others, the lack of talent is a serious issue. The bowling hasn’t done much to earn itself too many brownie points in recent times and Vettori is a one-man army. On tracks that will be a far cry from those found back home, the Kiwi pace bowlers may not do too well and that is where the oppositions will have a good time against the New Zealand team.

Opportunity

New Zealand’s best opportunity is to get to the quarter-final and hope that they play as a unit and the opposition allows a little bit of complacency to set in. Apart from that, they need their top-order to fire away in order to allow the inexperienced bowling to get a buffer of runs.

Threat

New Zealand had recently lost an ODI series to Bangladesh 0-4, a shocking defeat in every aspect of the word. Bangladesh isn’t a side which is known to win too many matches let alone series and the Kiwi captain Vettori had been cocky enough to say that if they played to their potential, there was a good chance to win the series 5-0. As it turned out, New Zealand were woeful and lost 0-4. One of the major reasons for the loss was the batsmen’s inability to play spin bowlers on the slow and low wickets. Such a scenario could repeat in the World Cup given that it is going to be played in the sub-continent and could be their biggest threat.

Previous Record

Much like South Africa, New Zealand have never entered the final of the World Cup despite featuring in all of them. Their best standing in any of the World Cups is a semi-final berth that they had achieved in each of the 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999 and 2007. Unfortunately for them, they were always outplayed by a better team and never got to the final. In the rest of the tournaments, their best performance came in the 1996 World Cup when they got to the quarter-final and amassed 289 in the 50 overs before being ousted by a spirited Australian chase.

Expected Captain

Daniel Vettori will lead the side through to the World Cup.

Players to look out for

How the likes of Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder bat in the tournament will go a long way in deciding the manner in which the Kiwis will play. All three are aggressive and have played in the Indian conditions during the IPL which should keep them in good stead for the tournament.