ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is scheduled to start from May 30 and will end on July 14. This will be the 12th edition of the World Cup taking place in England and Wales for the 5th time.

New Zealand’s World Cup History and Background

The Blackcaps have never been strong enough to beat the best in the world and win the world cup. They have played only one final in the ICC World Cup 2015. However, they have reached the semifinals five times in 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999 and 2007.

ICC Cricket World Cup New Zealand Predictions

New Zealand recently defeated Bangladesh in a 2-match ODI series. However, the team has less experience in their side and it will be tough for them to qualify for the knockout stages.

Strengths and Weaknesses

New Zealand strength lies in their batting with the skipper, Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor responsible to guide the New Zealand innings.

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However, the bowling looks weak with no one to back-up Trent Boult in their bowling line up.

Team News Coming into the Tournament

New Zealand is scheduled to play against India in their warm-up match before the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Ross Taylor believes that the match-up against India would be a boon for them, before the start of the world cup.

He said, “The game against India on the 25th would be great preparation. They are one of the stronger sides and are favorites going into the tournament. It will be good for us to go out there and have a good hit out as a team.”

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s Warm-up match Schedule

New Zealand will play India and West Indies in their two warm-up matches before the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They’ll face India on 25th May at the Oval and West Indies on 28th May at the Bristol Cricket Ground.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand Schedule

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1 June
New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 5 June
New Zealand vs Afghanistan, 8 June
New Zealand vs India, 13 June
New Zealand vs South Africa, 19 June
New Zealand vs West Indies, 22 June
New Zealand vs Pakistan, 26 June
New Zealand vs Australia, 29 June
New Zealand vs England, 3 July

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand Squad

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Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

Conclusion

New Zealand will have to fight hard to win matches against the top teams like India, Australia, England, and South Africa. It will be difficult for New Zealand to be at the top 4 at the end of the Round-Robin.