New Zealand: The Dark Horses

29 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

New Zealand: The Dark Horses

New Zealand are often considered dark horses at World Cups, and this year will be no different. They have one of the most respected batsmen in world cricket at their helm in Kane Williamson, while the fast bowling duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult is also considered one of the game's finest currently. On their day, New Zealand can beat anybody and there is no doubting the match-winning ability of their individual stars.

One of the things that makes Ross, so valuable, aside from his experience, is his flexibility. He can change gears and play different roles depending on the match situation. Boult is undeniably New Zealand's chief destroyer. He is quick, dangerous and has an ability to move the ball both ways. Boult will receive able support from seamers Southee and Matt Henry. 

Reaching the semi-finals once again will be considered the absolute minimum for the Kiwis. It is a big ask given the format this year, but a large chunk of the 2019 squad was part of the class of 2015 that lost in the final to Australia, and that can only bode well.

Best WC finish: Runner-up - 2015

New Zealand

Kane Williamson (c)

Ross Taylor

Tom Latham (wk)

Tom Blundell (wk)

Mitchell Santner

Colin de Grandhomme

Lockie Ferguson

Tim Southee

Trent Boult

Colin Munro

Ish Sodhi

Henry Nicholls

Martin Guptill

Matt Henry

Jimmy Neesham