ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview – NEW ZEALAND

ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview – NEW ZEALAND

Now a days New Zealand cricket is losing its sheen. Since 2000, the Blackcaps have not won a single Major Tournament. They shocked everyone by reaching the Finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa. This time they are going into the ICC Champions Trophy as Underdogs. They have the team to surprise any team. Can they spring a surprise by Winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2013? Cricmatez.com brings you the Chances of New Zealand in ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

New Zealand’s History in the ICC Champions Trophy

YearVenueNew Zealand’s Position
1998BangladeshQuarter Finals
2000KenyaWinners
2002Sri LankaFirst Round
2004EnglandFirst Round
2006IndiaSemi Finals
2009South AfricaRunner up

 

ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview – NEW ZEALAND

ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview - NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand Squad For ICC Champions Trophy 2013

Squad

ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview - NEW ZEALAND

Brendon McCullum

Batsmen

  • Martin Guptill
  • Ross Taylor
  • Colin Munro
  • Kane Williamson
  • Grant Elliott

Wicket-Keepers

  • Brendon McCullam (Captain)
  • Luke Ronchi

All-Rounders

  • James Franklin

Bowlers

  • Tim Southee
  • Mitchell McClenaghan
  • Trent Boult
  • Kyle Mills
  • Nathan McCullam
  • Daniel Vettori
  • Doug Bracewell

 

Strengths

  • Decent New Ball attack which comprises of Kyle Mills and Southee.
  • They are getting used to the conditions in England much earlier than other teams.
  • Right Mix of Youth and Experience.
  • Kane Williamson is in the form of his life.

 

Weakness

  • They are very inconsistent.
  • They fail to click as a unit.

 

ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview – NEW ZEALAND

X-Factor

Over the last few tears, Kyle Mills has been the spearhead of the New Zealand Bowling attack in ODI’s. He has been successful with the New Ball, swinging it both ways and causing troubles for the batsmen. Later in the Batting Powerplays, his experience will come in handy. He can also score some quick runs with the bat when needed. With the Conditions in England, suits the Seamers, Mills will be the key to New Zealand’s fortunes in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Watch Out For

ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview - NEW ZEALAND

Chances of New Zealand in ICC CT 2013 largely depends on Tim Southee

Mills’ new ball partner Tim Southee is currently one of the Finest New Ball Bowler around the World. He along with Mills is expected to shoulder New Zealand’s bowling responsibilities in the initial overs and towards the end. He also has the ability to Reverse swing the ball in the end overs. He has sharp Yorkers, well-directed short balls and surprise slower deliveries in his Armour. He is also a part of the New Zealand’s Test Squad that is being humbled in England. He is quite successful in the test series and the same is expected from him in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 as well.

 

ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview - NEW ZEALAND

Kane Williamson

The last two years has seen a dip in New Zealand’s batting line up. But the arrival of Kane Williamson has solved their woes.

The young man has risen to the occasion and rescued New Zealand from trouble in many occasions. He is successful against the Indian Spinners in India and the South African Pacers in South Africa which shows that he is equally good in playing Pace and Spin. He is getting accustomed to the condition in England as he is a part of the ongoing Test Series in England. Batting at number 3, Williamson binds the Kiwi Batting line-up and is expected to set a platform for Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullam and Luke Ronchi to finish off things in style.

 

Possible Playing XI

Luke Ronchi(w.k), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullam(c), James Franklin, Nathan McCullam, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan.

 

Schedule

Group Stages ( Group-A)

DateScheduleVenueTimings
9-6-2013New Zealand v Sri LankaCardiff09:30 GMT | 15:00 IST
12-6-2013New Zealand v AustraliaEdgbaston09:30 GMT | 15:00 IST
16-6-2013New Zealand v England
Cardiff13:00 GMT | 17:30 IST
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