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  • Live Cricket Score of Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi - Cricbuzz
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  • NZ withstand Pakistan comeback for narrow win - ESPNcricinfo.com
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  • Cricket: Two games left for NZ to find form - Otago Daily Times
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  • Phillip Hughes, Australian Cricketer, Dies After Being Hit by Ball - New York Times
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">New York TimesPhillip Hughes, Australian Cricketer, Dies After Being Hit by BallNew York TimesAs cricket fans mourned, the Australian flag was lowered to half-staff over cricket grounds in Sydney and Melbourne. Several scheduled games were suspended as far afield as Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan was playing New Zealand.Cricket: NZ to wear black armbands tonightNew Zealand HeraldAustralia Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, two days after being ...
  • Kiwis deep in grief over Hughes - Fox Sports
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Fox SportsKiwis deep in grief over HughesFox Sports... said Hesson of the spinner. “Brendon can play like that and he was going through a range of emotions today but that certainly showed the character of the man to play the way he did,” said Hesson of McCullum, who played alongside Hughes for New ...
  • cricket 'needs to calm down' - Stuff.co.nz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Stuff.co.nzcricket 'needs to calm down'Stuff.co.nzCrowe, regarded as New Zealand's best batsman and battling serious illness with a second bout of lymphoma, believed the sport needed to learn from an incident which has rocked the game to its very core. "The game needs to calm down," Crowe opined. ".Crowe says cricket 'needs to calm down'YahooXtra Blogs (blog)Cricket: Crowe shares thoughts on Hughes tragedyNew Zealand HeraldPhillip Hughes died at the age of 25 after being hit in the head by a bouncer ...
  • New Zealand look to stage familiar fightback - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comNew Zealand look to stage familiar fightbackESPNcricinfo.comPakistan broke their five-match losing streak with a thrilling win over New Zealand in Dubai. The bigger gain though, according to captain Misbah-ul-Haq, was the success of Haris Sohail's part-time left-arm spin as Pakistan look for options for the ...
  • Cricket World Cup: A 'unique and spectacular' show - New Zealand Herald
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Stuff.co.nzCricket World Cup: A 'unique and spectacular' showNew Zealand HeraldHosting the opening ceremony and the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 early next year will cement Christchurch's position as the sporting capital of New Zealand, Mayor Lianne Dalziel said today. A billion global cricket fans will tune in ...
  • PAK vs NZ - NZ Won - Cricbuzz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">PAK vs NZ - NZ WonCricbuzzSo, New Zealand's tour of the UAE comes to an end with this game. The Kiwis have shown great resolution throughout ... Shahid Afridi: 'First of all I would like to congratulate the New Zealand cricket team. The team has played great cricket over the ...

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.