New Zealand, fifty World Cup finalists two years ago, is appearing as often at the T20 World Cup with a team looking extremely well-groomed.
The Black Caps have wonderful depth of fast bowling, as exemplified by Adam Milne – an English summer star – which makes them a traveling reserve in a way. Lockie Ferguson is among the best limited quick overs in the world, while Trent Boult’s enduring class will be a powerhouse asset.
They also look well-supplied with spin, whether that’s through all-rounders like Mitchell Santner or specialized legs Ish Sodhi and Todd Astle.
Some generational shift has been seen in the stick, with the likes of Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway – who flies in all three formats – around but Ross Taylor and Colin Munro absent. Daryl Mitchell also sneaks past Colin de Grandhomme as an all-rounder. Still, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham remain, offering experience.
Key Man – Lockie Ferguson
Long sleeves and black sneakers may not be standard clothing for a fast bowler (although his facial hair often did the trick). But without much fanfare, Ferguson has become one of the slickest rapids on the planet. Fast.
The entire New Zealand team
Kane Williamson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee
New Zealand matches
- Pakistan vs New Zealand (3 p.m., Tuesday October 26)
- India vs New Zealand (2 p.m., Sunday October 31)
- New Zealand Qualifier vs B1 (10 a.m., Wednesday 3 November)
- New Zealand Qualifier vs A2 (10am, Friday November 5th)
- New Zealand vs Afghanistan (10 a.m., Sunday November 7)
View full T20 World Cup matches, results and standings here.