T20 WORLD CUP PREVIEW – NEW ZEALAND

SQUAD: Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

The Black Caps come into this tournament off the back of a eventful calendar year. They made the ODI world cup final, only to be summarily rolled by Australia. They took it to England in a long, multi-formatted tour, came out on top in a tour against Zimbabwe and were just edged out in short-form games on South African soil. They then arrived in Australia at the end of 2015. Whilst it didnt end the way they were hoping, they showed that they can play in the big leagues like they used to, with this T20 World Cup, the ideal litmus test.

A strong squad, comprised of experience, talent and youth it marks the beginning of a new era for New Zealand, the post Brendan McCullum era. A titan of New Zealand cricket, they will now have to find grit and resolve in the batting order for years to come. Most likely to come from the likes of Williamson, Taylor and Guptill, arguably the three most important players on the team, they will struggle. Williamson, Taylor and Guptill must all make runs, in every game, and lots of them in New Zealand are any chance of being competitive given their lack-luster bowling unit.

With key quicks in Southee and Bolt, proven wicket takers are hard to come by, and with the tournament being played on the sub-continent, their sub-par spin brigade will struggle to make an impact. Much like the batting, Southee and Bolt will be relied upon to carry the load, much they did on the Australian tour. They fail to fire, New Zealand will fail to make an impression

 

 

Prediction:

Unsportsman: Group Stage

Sportsman: Group Stage

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