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New Zealand Team Review for World Cup 2015

The most underrated side in this World Cup with good reason - their recent form has been so abysmal that it would take multiple acts of inspiration to get them out of it. But the table above suggests that they have the raw ammunition to achieve that packed with dual skill players and batting deeper than anybody, with good Career figures - and to play very competently as a team, if they can lift themselves. If they can achieve the motivation and the discipline, could well reach the semifinals.

Kiwi cricket is going through a transitional period. Lot will depend on experience guys like Styris, Mccullum, and Taylor to bat well and they'll also require Vettori's all round performances. Chris Martin did well against India & also youngster Kane williamson. But they are famous for choking in pressure situation. It'll require both talent together with a good game plan to overcome the Quarter final barrier.

Captain: Brendon McCullum
Prior to being awarded the captaincy in late 2012, the perception of the extra-aggressive batsman was as the ultimate individual, playing the way he wanted rather than what the team needed. Since then, the shift towards a 'team first' focus has stemmed from the top down with McCullum's actions speaking louder than his words.

Coach: Mike Hesson
A surprise selection, Hesson's first big decision polarised the country with the handling of Ross Taylor's replacement as captain bungled by team management and New Zealand Cricket administrators. The analytical Hesson, however, has quietly overseen a change in team culture that permeates into greater consistency on the field and is winning back the support of a fickle New Zealand public, while most of his 'left field' selections are justifying his faith in them.


  • Key batsmen: Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum
  • Key bowlers: Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori
  • The best among the major sides to absorb pressure.
  • Third best Strike Rate amongst all teams.
  • Third best Economy amongst all teams.
  • The best batting depth amongst all teams.
  • Consistent career performers.


  • Lack of big match-winners.
  • Like India, wicket-taking bowling is not their strength, but high Economy may help make up for that.
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