New Zealand silver fern cricket crest
|Nickname(s)||Black Caps, Kiwis|
|Association||New Zealand Cricket|
|Test status acquired||1930|
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Full Member (1926)|
|ICC region||East Asia-Pacific|
|First Test||v. |
|Last Test||v. |
|One Day Internationals|
|First ODI||v. |
|Last ODI||v. |
|World Cup appearances||12 (first in 1975 )|
|Best result||Runners-up (2015, 2019)|
|First T20I||v. |
|Last T20I||v. |
|T20 World Cup appearances||6 (first in 2007 )|
|Best result||Semi-finals (2007 and 2016)|
|As of 13 March 2020|
The New Zealand national cricket team represents New Zealand in men's international cricket. Nicknamed the Black Caps, they played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. From 1930 New Zealand had to wait until 1956, more than 26 years, for its first Test victory, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland.They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.
The current captain in all formats of the game is Kane Williamson, who replaced Brendon McCullum after the latter's retirement in December 2015. The national team is organised by New Zealand Cricket.
The New Zealand cricket team became known as the Black Caps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team.This is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.
As of 8 September 2019, New Zealand have played 1324 international matches, winning 505, losing 599, tying 12 and drawing 165 matches while 43 matches ended as no result. The team is ranked 2nd in Tests, 3rd in ODIs and 6th in T20Is by the ICC.New Zealand defeated South Africa in the semi final of the 2015 World Cup, which was their first win in the a world cup semi final and hence they made their maiden appearance in a World Cup Final, but they ultimately lost to Trans-Tasman rivals Australia. In the next World Cup in 2019, New Zealand again reached the final which they lost to the hosts England on boundary count after the match and the subsequent Super Over both ended as ties.
The reverend Henry Williams provided history with the first report of a game of cricket in New Zealand, when he wrote in his diary in December 1832 about boys in and around Paihia on Horotutu Beach playing cricket. In 1835, Charles Darwin and HMS Beagle called into the Bay of Islands on its epic circumnavigation of the Earth and Darwin witnessed a game of cricket played by freed Māori slaves and the son of a missionary at Waimate North. Darwin in The Voyage of the Beagle wrote:
several young men redeemed by the missionaires from slavery were employed on the farm. In the evening I saw a party of them at cricket.
The first recorded game of cricket in New Zealand took place in Wellington in December 1842. The Wellington Spectator reports a game on 28 December 1842 played by a "Red" team and a "Blue" team from the Wellington Club. The first fully recorded match was reported by the Examiner in Nelson between the Surveyors and Nelson in March 1844.
The first team to tour New Zealand was Parr's all England XI in 1863–64. Between 1864 and 1914, 22 foreign teams toured New Zealand. England sent 6 teams, Australia 15 and one from Fiji.
On 15–17 February 1894 the first team representing New Zealand played New South Wales at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. New South Wales won by 160 runs. New South Wales returned again in 1895–96 and New Zealand won the solitary game by 142 runs, its first victory. The New Zealand Cricket Council was formed towards the end of 1894.
New Zealand played its first two internationals (not Tests) in 1904–05 against a star-studded Australia team containing such players as Victor Trumper, Warwick Armstrong and Clem Hill. Rain saved New Zealand from a thrashing in the first match, but not the second, which New Zealand lost by an innings and 358 runs – currently the second largest defeat in New Zealand first-class history.
In 1927 NZ toured England. They played 26 first-class matches, mostly against county sides. They won seven matches, including those against Worcestershire, Glamorgan, Somerset and Derbyshire. On the strength of the performances of this tour New Zealand was granted Test status.
In 1929/30 the M.C.C toured NZ and played 4 Tests all of 3 days in duration. New Zealand lost its first Test match but drew the next 3. In the second Test Stewie Dempster and Jackie Mills put on 276 for the first wicket. This is still the highest partnership for New Zealand against England. New Zealand first played South Africa in 1931–32 in a three match series but were unable to secure Test matches against any teams other than England before World War II ended all Test cricket for 7 years. A Test tour by Australia, planned for February and March 1940, was cancelled after the outbreak of the war.
New Zealand's first Test after the war was against Australia in 1945/46. This game was not considered a "Test" at the time but it was granted Test status retrospectively by the International Cricket Council in March 1948. The New Zealand players who appeared in this match probably did not appreciate this move by the ICC as New Zealand were dismissed for 42 and 54. The New Zealand Cricket Council's unwillingness to pay Australian players a decent allowance to tour New Zealand ensured that this was the only Test Australia played against New Zealand between 1929 and 1972.
In 1949 New Zealand sent one of its best ever sides to England. It contained Bert Sutcliffe, Martin Donnelly, John R. Reid and Jack Cowie. However, 3-day Test matches ensured that all 4 Tests were drawn. Many have regarded the 1949 tour of England among New Zealand's best ever touring performances. All four tests were high-scoring despite being draws and Martin Donnelly's 206 at Lord's hailed as one of the finest innings ever seen there.Despite being winless, New Zealand did not lose a test either. Prior to this, only the legendary 1948 Australian team, led by the great Don Bradman, had achieved this.
New Zealand played its first matches against the West Indies in 1951–52, and Pakistan and India in 1955/56.
In 1954/55 New Zealand recorded the lowest ever innings total, 26 against England. The following season New Zealand achieved its first Test victory. The first 3 Tests of a 4 Test series were won easily by the West Indies but New Zealand won the fourth to notch up its first Test victory. It had taken them 45 matches and 26 years to attain.
9, 10, 12, 13 March 1956
In the next 20 years New Zealand won only seven more Tests. For most of this period New Zealand lacked a class bowler to lead their attack although they had two excellent batsmen in Bert Sutcliffe and Glenn Turner and a great all-rounder in John R. Reid.
Reid captained New Zealand on a tour to South Africa in 1961–62 where the five test series was drawn 2–2. The victories in the third and fifth tests were the first overseas victories New Zealand achieved. Reid scored 1,915 runs in the tour, setting a record for the most runs scored by a touring batsman of South Africa as a result.
New Zealand won their first test series in their three match 1969/70 tour of Pakistan 1–0.
In 1973 Richard Hadlee debuted and the rate at which New Zealand won Tests picked up dramatically. Hadlee was one of the best pace bowlers of his generation, playing 86 Tests for New Zealand, before he retired in 1990. Of the 86 Tests that Hadlee played in New Zealand won 22 and lost 28. In 1977/78 New Zealand won its first Test against England, at the 48th attempt. Hadlee took 10 wickets in the match.
During the 1980s New Zealand also had the services of one of its best ever batsman, Martin Crowe and a number of good players such as John Wright, Bruce Edgar, John F. Reid, Andrew Jones, Geoff Howarth, Jeremy Coney, Ian Smith, John Bracewell, Lance Cairns, Stephen Boock, and Ewen Chatfield, who were capable of playing the occasional match winning performance and consistently making a valuable contribution to a Test match.
The best example of New Zealand's two star players (R. Hadlee and M. Crowe) putting in match winning performances and other players making good contributions is New Zealand versus Australia, 1985 at Brisbane. In Australia's first innings Hadlee took 9–52. In New Zealand's only turn at bat, M Crowe scored 188 and John F. Reid 108. Edgar, Wright, Coney, Jeff Crowe, V. Brown, and Hadlee scored between 17 and 54*. In Australia's second innings, Hadlee took 6–71 and Chatfield 3–75. New Zealand won by an innings and 41 runs.
8–12 November 1985
One-day cricket also gave New Zealand a chance to compete more regularly than Test cricket with the better sides in world cricket. In one-day cricket a batsman does not need to score centuries to win games for his side and bowlers do not need to bowl the opposition out. One-day games can be won by one batsman getting a 50, a few others getting 30s, bowlers bowling economically and everyone fielding well. These were requirements New Zealand players could consistently meet and thus developed a good one-day record against all sides.
Perhaps New Zealand's most infamous one-day match was the "under arm" match against Australia at the MCG in 1981. Requiring six runs to tie the match off the final ball, Australian captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to "bowl" the ball underarm along the wicket to prevent New Zealand batsman Brian McKechnie from hitting a six. The Australian umpires ruled the move as legal even though to this day many believe it was one of the most unsporting decisions made in cricket.
When New Zealand next played in the tri-series in Australia in 1983, Lance Cairns became a cult hero for his one-day batting. In one match against Australia, he hit six sixes at the MCG, one of the world's largest grounds. Few fans remember that New Zealand lost this game by 149 runs. However, Lance's greatest contribution to New Zealand cricket was his son Chris Cairns.
Chris Cairns made his debut one year before Hadlee retired in 1990. Cairns, one of New Zealand's best all-rounders, led the 1990s bowling attack with Danny Morrison. Stephen Fleming, New Zealand's most prolific scorer, led the batting and the team into the 21st century. Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan also scored plenty of runs for New Zealand, but both retired earlier than expected.
Daniel Vettori made his debut as an 18-year-old in 1997, and when he took over from Fleming as captain in 2007 he was regarded as the best spinning all-rounder in world cricket. On 26 August 2009, Daniel Vettori became the eighth player and second left-arm bowler (after Chaminda Vaas) in history to take 300 wickets and score 3000 test runs, joining the illustrious club. Vettori decided to take an indefinite break from international short form cricket in 2011 but continued to represent New Zealand in Test cricket and returned for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
On 4 April 1996, New Zealand achieved a unique world record, where the whole team was adjudged Man of the Match for team performance against 4 run victory over the West Indies. This is recorded as the only time where whole team achieved such an award.
New Zealand started the new millennium by winning the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya to claim their first ICC tournament. They started with a 64-run win over Zimbabwe then proceeded to beat Pakistan by 4 wickets in the semi-final. In the final against India, Chris Cairns scored an unbeaten 102 in New Zealand's run chase helping them win the tournament.
15 October 2000
264/6 (50 overs)
265/6 (49.4 overs)
Shane Bond played 17 Tests for NZ between 2001 and 2007 but missed far more through injury. When fit, he added a dimension to the NZ bowling attack that had been missing since Hadlee retired.
The rise of the financial power of the BCCI had an immense effect on NZ cricket and its players. The BCCI managed to convince other boards not to pick players who had joined the rival Twenty-20 Indian Cricket League. NZ Cricket lost the services of Shane Bond, Lou Vincent, Andre Adams, Hamish Marshall and Daryl Tuffey. The money to be made from Twenty-20 cricket in India may have also induced players, such as Craig McMillan and Scott Styris (from Test cricket) to retire earlier than they would have otherwise. After the demise of the Indian Cricket League Bond and Tuffey again played for New Zealand.
Vettori stood down as Test captain in 2011 leading to star batsman Ross Taylor to take his place. Taylor led New Zealand for a year which included a thrilling win in a low scoring Test match against Australia in Hobart, their first win over Australia since 1993. In 2012/13 Brendon McCullum became captain and new players such as Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham emerged as world-class performers. McCullum captained New Zealand to series wins against the West Indies and India in 2013/14 and both Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2014/15 increasing New Zealand's rankings in both Test and ODI formats. In the series against India McCullum scored 302 at Wellington to become New Zealand's first Test triple centurion.
In early 2015 New Zealand made the final of the Cricket World Cup, going through the tournament undefeated until the final, where they lost to Australia by seven wickets.
In 2015 the New Zealand national cricket team played under the name of Aotearoa for their first match against Zimbabwe to celebrate Māori Language Week.
In mid-2015 New Zealand toured England,performing well, drawing the Test series 1–1, and losing the One Day series, 2–3.
From October to November 2015, and in February 2016, New Zealand played Australia in two Test Series, in three and two games a piece
With a changing of an era in the Australian team, New Zealand was rated as a chance of winning especially in New Zealand. New Zealand lost both series by 2-Nil
Players in bold have a central contract for 2019–20.Players underlined were 2019 Cricket World Cup squad members.
|Name||Age||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Domestic Team||Formats||Shirt||Notes|
|Tom Blundell||29||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Wellington||Test, ODI||66|
|Martin Guptill||33||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Auckland||ODI, T20||31|
|Colin Munro||33||Left Handed||Right Arm Medium||Auckland||T20||82|
|Henry Nicholls||28||Left Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Canterbury||Test, ODI||86|
|Jeet Raval||31||Left Handed||Right Arm Leg Spin||Auckland||Test||1|
|Tom Bruce||28||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Central Districts||T20||76|
|Mark Chapman||25||Left Handed||Slow Left Arm Orthodox||Auckland||ODI||80|
|Glenn Phillips||23||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Auckland||Test||23|
|Ross Taylor||36||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Central Districts||Test, ODI, T20||3|
|Kane Williamson||29||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Northern Districts||Test, ODI, T20||22||Captain|
|Wicket Keeper Batsman|
|Tom Latham||27||Left Handed||Right Arm Medium||Canterbury||Test, ODI||48||Test, ODI Vice Captain|
|Tim Seifert||25||Right Handed||—||Northern Districts||T20||43|
|Bradley John Watling||34||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Northern Districts||Test||47|
|Todd Astle||33||Right Handed||Right Arm Leg Spin||Canterbury||Test, T20||60|
|Colin de Grandhomme||33||Right Handed||Right Arm Fast Medium||Northern Districts||Test, ODI, T20||77|
|Daryl Mitchell||28||Right Handed||Right Arm Medium||Northern Districts||Test, T20||75|
|James Neesham||29||Left Handed||Right Arm Fast Medium||Wellington||ODI, T20||50|
|Mitchell Santner||28||Left Handed||Slow Left Arm Orthodox||Northern Districts||Test, ODI, T20||74|
|Ajaz Patel||31||Left Handed||Left Arm Slow Left Arm Orthodox||Central Districts||Test||24|
|Ish Sodhi||27||Right Handed||Right Arm Leg Spin||Northern Districts||ODI, T20||61|
|William Somerville||35||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Auckland||Test||28|
|Hamish Bennett||33||Left Handed||Right Arm Fast||Wellington||ODI, T20||52|
|Trent Boult||30||Right Handed||Left Arm Fast Medium||Northern Districts||Test, ODI, T20||18|
|Lachlan Ferguson||28||Right Handed||Right Arm Fast||Auckland||Test, ODI, T20||87|
|Matt Henry||28||Right Handed||Right Arm Fast Medium||Canterbury||Test, ODI||21|
|Kyle Jamieson||25||Right Handed||Right Arm Fast Medium||Auckland||ODI||12|
|Scott Kuggeleijn||28||Right Handed||Right Arm Fast Medium||Northern Districts||T20||68|
|Tim Southee||31||Right Handed||Right Arm Medium Fast||Northern Districts||Test, ODI, T20||38||T20I Vice Captain|
|Blair Tickner||26||Right Handed||Right Arm Fast Medium||Central Districts||T20||13|
|Neil Wagner||34||Left Handed||Left Arm Fast Medium||Northern Districts||Test||10|
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Sponsor (chest)||Sponsor (sleeves)|
|1993-1994||Bank of New Zealand|
|1997||Bank of New Zealand|
|2001-2005||National Bank of New Zealand||TelstraClear|
|2009||Dheeraj & East Coast|
New Zealand's kit is manufactured by Canterbury of New Zealand, who replaced previous manufacturer WStar in 2009. When playing Test cricket, New Zealand's cricket whites feature the silver fern badge on the left of the shirt, the name and logo of the sponsors Amul on the right, the Ford logo on the left sleeve and the Canterbury logo on the right sleeve. New Zealand fielders may wear a black cap (in the style of a baseball cap rather than the baggy cap worn by some teams) or a white sun hat with the New Zealand Cricket logo in the middle. Helmets are also coloured black (although until 1996, they used to be white with the silver fern logo encased in a black circle).
In limited overs cricket, New Zealand's ODI and Twenty20 shirts feature the ANZ logo across the centre, with the silver fern badge on the left of the shirt, Canterbury logo on the right sleeve and the Ford logo on the right. In ODIs, the kit comprises a black shirt with blue accents and black trousers, whilst the Twenty20 kit comprises a beige shirt with black accents and black trousers. In ICC limited-overs tournaments, a modified kit design is used with sponsor's logos moving to the sleeve and 'NEW ZEALAND' printed across the front.
In ODI, New Zealand wore Beige and brown between 1980 World Series Cricket and 1988 World Series Cricket. The 1983–1984 version was made popular by the Black Caps supporter group Beige Brigade, who sells the version of this uniform to the general public together with a "moral contract" which explains the expectations that come with being a Beige Brigadier. and was also worn in the inaugural Twenty20 international between New Zealand and Australia. Between 1991 and 1997 grey or silver (with some splashes of black or white) was worn instead. Until 2000, the ODI uniform was teal with black accents.
Previous suppliers were Adidas (World Series Cricket 1980–1990), ISC (World Cup World Cup 1992 and 1996, World Series 1993–97) Canterbury (1998–1999), Asics (who supplied all the 1999 Cricket World Cup participating teams) and WStar (2000–2009).
Previous sponsors were DB Draught (1990–1994 in the front, 1995–1997 in the sleeve), Bank of New Zealand (1993–94 and 1997–99 in the front), Clear Communications, later TelstraClear (1997–2000 in the front, 2001–2005 in the sleeve), National Bank of New Zealand (2000–2014) and Dheeraj and East Coast (2009–2010),since 2014 ANZ is the current sponsor, due to National Bank's rebranding as ANZ. As of May 2017, Amul became the new sponsor.
|ICC Cricket World Cup record|
|Host(s) & Year||I Round (Group/League/Pool)||II Round (QF, S6,S8)||Semi-finals||Final||Final Position|
|2/4||3||2||1||0||0||4||Top two teams in each group progressed to the semi-finals||Lost by 5 wickets||Did not qualify||4/8|
|2/4||3||2||1||0||0||8||Lost by 9 runs||3/8|
|3/4||6||3||3||0||0||6||Top two teams in each group progressed to the semi-finals||Did not qualify||5/8|
|1/9||8||7||1||0||0||14||Top four teams in the league stage progressed to the semi-finals||Lost by 4 wickets||Did not qualify||3/9|
|3/6||5||3||2||0||0||6||Lost by 6 wickets||Did not qualify||7/12|
|3/6||5||3||2||0||0||6||4/6||3||1||1||0/1||2||5||Lost by 9 wickets||Did not qualify||4/12|
|3/7||6||4||2||0||0||16||5/6||3||1||2||0||4||8||Did not qualify||5/14|
|1/4||3||3||0||0||0||6||3/8||6||4||2||0||2||10||Lost by 81 runs||Did not qualify||3/16|
|4/7||6||4||2||0||0||8||Won by 49 runs||Lost by 5 wickets||4/14|
|1/6||6||6||0||0||0||12||Won by 143 runs||Won by 4 wickets (DLS method)||Lost by 7 wickets||2/14|
|4/10||9||5||3||0||1||11||Top four teams in the league stage progressed to the semi-finals||Won by 18 runs||Lost by 9 boundaries||2/10|
|As of 15 July, 2019|
|ICC T20 World Cup record|
|Host(s) & Year||Group stage||Super 8/10/12 stage||Semi-finals||Final||Final Position|
|2/3||2||1||1||0||0||0||2||2/4||3||2||1||0||0||0||4||Lost by 6 wickets||Did not qualify||4/12|
|2/3||2||1||1||0||0||0||2||3/4||3||1||2||0||0||0||2||Did not qualify||5/12|
|Automatically progressed to the Super 10 stage||3/5||4||2||2||0||0||0||4||6/16|
|Automatically progressed to the Super 10 stage||1/5||4||4||0||0||0||0||8||Lost by 7 wickets||Did not qualify||3/16|
|As of 28 March, 2016|
|ICC World Test Championship record|
|Final Host(s) & Year||League stage||Final||Final Position|
|Last updated: 22 October 2019|
* – Indication that team is currently playing a test match/series.
|ICC KnockOut Trophy record|
|Host(s) & Year||Pre-Quarter finals||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final||Final Position|
|beat ZIM by 5 wickets||Lost to SL by 5 wickets||Did not qualify||7/9|
|Bye||beat ZIM by 64 runs||beat PAK by 4 wickets||beat IND by 4 wickets||1/11|
|ICC Champions Trophy record|
|Host(s) & Year||Group stage||Semi-finals||Final||Final Position|
|2/3||2||1||1||0||0||0.030||2||Did not qualify||8/12|
|2/4||3||2||1||0||0||0.572||4||Lost to AUS by 34 runs||Did not qualify||4/10|
|1/4||3||2||1||0||0||0.782||4||beat PAK by 5 wickets||Lost to AUS by 6 wickets||2/8|
|3/4||3||1||1||0||1||0.777||3||Did not qualify||5/8|
|In April 2018, the ICC announced that the tournament was scrapped, keeping in line their goal of having only one pinnacle tournament for each of the three formats in international cricket making the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy the last of its kind.|
|Commonwealth Games record|
|Semi-finalists (Bronze Medal)||3/16||5||4||1||0||0||80 %|
|Overall||Semi-finals (bronze medal)||3rd||5||4||1||0||0||80 %|
|World Championship of Cricket record|
|Last updated: 2 March 2020 Source:ESPNCricInfo|
|Last updated: 11 February 2020. Source:ESPNCricInfo|
* Only bilateral series wherein a minimum of 2 matches were played have been included here. One-off matches are not credited as a bilateral series.
* "Tie+W" and "Tie+L" indicates matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over").
* The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.
* Forfeited matches are not included.
|Last updated: 2 February 2020. Source:ESPNCricInfo|
* Only bilateral series wherein a minimum of 2 matches were played have been included here. One-off matches are not credited as a bilateral series.
* "Tie+W" and "Tie+L" indicates matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over")
* The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.
Christopher Lance Cairns is a former New Zealand cricketer and former ODI captain, who played for the New Zealand cricket team as an all-rounder. Cairns finished his Test career with a batting average of 33.53 and a bowling average of 29.40. In 2000, he was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
The Chappell–Hadlee Trophy in cricket is a One Day International cricket series between Australia and New Zealand. It is named after legendary cricketing families from the two countries: the Chappell brothers of Australia, and Walter Hadlee and his three sons of New Zealand.
Craig Douglas McMillan is a New Zealand cricket coach and former cricketer who played all forms of the game. He was a right-handed batsman and useful right-arm medium pace bowler and played for Canterbury in New Zealand first-class cricket. He also played English county cricket for Hampshire and Gloucestershire.
Brendon Barrie McCullum is a New Zealand cricket coach, commentator and former cricketer, who played all formats, and also a former captain in all forms. McCullum took quick scoring to Test matches as well, notably recording the fastest test century of all time. He is considered as one of the most successful batsmen and captains of New Zealand cricket. He retired from all forms of cricket in August 2019.
Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor is a New Zealand cricketer who plays predominantly at number four in all formats of the game. Taylor is a former captain of New Zealand in all formats. In February 2017 he became the leading century maker for New Zealand in ODIs and in January 2019 scored his 20th century in ODIs, becoming the first New Zealand player to reach 20 centuries in any format of the game. In January 2020, during the third Test against Australia, Taylor passed Stephen Fleming's career total of 7,172 runs to become the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in Test cricket.
Adam Charles Voges is an Australian cricket coach and former cricketer who played for the Australian national team at Test, One Day International (ODI), and Twenty20 International (T20I) level, and also captained Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in domestic cricket. Voges' test match batting average of 61.87 is second behind Don Bradman among batsmen who have finished their career and played a minimum of 20 innings. Voges was included in the 2016 ICC Test Match Team of the Year.
Colin Munro is a South-African born New Zealand international cricketer, who plays limited overs formats of the game. He was a member of the New Zealand Under 19 side and is currently a member of the Auckland cricket team. He is the first player to score three Twenty20 International centuries.
Timothy Grant Southee better known by Tim Southee, is a New Zealand international cricketer who plays all forms of the game. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and a hard-hitting lower order batsman. He is also the current vice-captain of the international team. He was one of New Zealand's youngest cricketers, debuting at the age of 19 in February 2008. On his Test debut against England he took 5 wickets and made 77 off 40 balls in the second innings. He plays for Northern Districts in the Plunket Shield, Ford Trophy and Super Smash as well as Northland in the Hawke Cup. He was named as New Zealand's captain for the first T20I against West Indies in place of Kane Williamson, who was rested for that game. The Blackcaps won that match by 47 runs.
Shakib Al Hasan is a Bangladeshi international cricketer who has played all three formats of the game. Internationally, Shakib has been recognised as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He was ranked as one of the world's most famous athletes by ESPN WORLD FAME 100 in 2019. His aggressive left-handed batting style in the middle order, controlled slow left-arm orthodox bowling, and athletic fielding has helped him win trophies in top leagues across the world.
Luke Ronchi is a New Zealand cricket coach and cricketer. He represented both the Australia national cricket team and New Zealand national cricket team in international cricket. Ronchi is the only player to have played for both Australia and New Zealand in cricketing history and was part of the New Zealand World Cup side that finished runners-up in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, after their defeat in the final to Australia. He plays for Wellington in New Zealand domestic matches, Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League and has played Twenty20 matches for a range of sides.
Kane Stuart Williamson is a New Zealand international cricketer who is currently the captain of the New Zealand national team in all formats. He is a right-handed batsman and an occasional off spin bowler. Williamson made his first-class cricket debut in December 2007. He made his U-19 debut against the touring Indian U-19 team the same year and was named captain of the New Zealand U-19 team for the 2008 U-19 Cricket World Cup. He made his international debut in 2010. Williamson has represented New Zealand at the 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions of the Cricket World Cup and 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions of the ICC World Twenty20. He made his full-time captaincy debut for New Zealand in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India. He captained New Zealand national team in 2019 Cricket World Cup and led the team to the finals. He was then awarded the Player of the Tournament award.
Trent Alexander Boult is a New Zealand international cricketer who plays as a bowler for Northern Districts in New Zealand's domestic cricket, and New Zealand internationally.
Mitchell Aaron Starc is an Australian international cricketer who plays for the Australian national team and New South Wales in domestic cricket. He is a left-arm fast bowler and a capable lower order left-handed batsman. He was a prominent member of the victorious Australian squad that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup and was declared Player of the Tournament as a result of his consistent performances. With 49 World Cup wickets, he is the joint 5th highest wicket taker in tournament's history.
Thomas William Maxwell Latham, known as Tom Latham, is a New Zealand cricketer, who represents New Zealand in all formats of the game and is vice-captain of the national team in Test and One Day International (ODI) formats. In January 2020, Latham captained the New Zealand Test squad for the first time.
Jason Omar Holder is a Barbadian cricketer and the current Test match captain of the West Indies cricket team and former ODI captain. ￼Holder made his One Day International (ODI) debut in January 2013 and Test debut in June 2014. In June 2019, Holder played in his 100th ODI match for the West Indies, during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. In January 2019, he was ranked as the number one all rounder in the world according to the official ICC Test rankings. In August 2019, Cricket West Indies named him as the Test Player of the Year.
The India cricket team toured New Zealand, playing a five-match One Day International (ODI) series and two Test matches against the New Zealand national team from 19 January to 18 February 2014.
The Sri Lankan national cricket team toured New Zealand from 26 December 2014 to 29 January 2015 for a tour consisting of two Test matches and seven One Day Internationals. New Zealand won the Test series 2–0 and the ODI series 4–2.
Pool A of the 2015 Cricket World Cup took place from 14 February to 14 March 2015. The group consisted of co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, and along with them, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland. This phase of the tournament was played as a full round-robin between all seven teams, with the top four teams, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, advancing to the quarter-finals.
The Australian cricket team toured New Zealand from 3 to 24 February 2016. Originally the tour was going to consist of three Test matches. In June 2015, New Zealand Cricket were in talks with Cricket Australia to have a tour consisting of two Tests and three One Day Internationals (ODIs). In August 2015, the fixtures were announced which contained the reduction of Tests from three to two and the addition of the three ODIs.
The Australian cricket team toured New Zealand in January and February 2017 to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs).