Cricket World Cup preview
Beating Blackcaps would provide a considerable boost to the Tigers
Published : Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 at 12:07 PM Count : 358
The Blackcaps go into the 2019 tournament looking to go one further than four years ago. After losing to Australia in 2015, the Blackcaps will feel that 2019 could be their year. Captain Kane Williamson is a phenomenal batter and astute captain and may well be the difference that takes New Zealand to the title.
Veterans Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor are match winners in their own ways; Guptill’s belligerence compliments Taylor’s fine stroke play. Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham complete an impressive batting unit.
A finger injury to Tom Latham may see the wicket-keeper batter miss some games so Tom Blundell could get a run in the team.
The conditions in England will ensure that Tim Southee and Trent Boult are a handful to deal with as well as having over 300 ODI wickets between them. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry will make sure that bowling spots are competitive while Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi will provide spin options for the Blackcaps.
All-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham are versatile players to have in the squad with their knack of picking up wickets or adding valuable runs later in the innings.
The Blackcaps are the 4th best ODI team at present and will be a significant test for Bangladesh.
Having played Sri Lanka first, it’s fully expected that New Zealand will be looking for their second successive win in the day/night game at The Oval. Bangladesh goes into the game with a 0-4 CWC record against New Zealand, and it will be a tough assignment to record a win.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh
When: Wednesday, 5th June 1:30pm local time (6:30pm Bangladesh Standard Time)
Where: The Oval, London
CWC Best: Finalists 2015
Previous CWC meetings: Four losses (1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)
Last Five ODIs vs New Zealand: L LL W W
New Zealand Squad
Colin de Grandhomme (All-rounder), Colin Munro (Bat), Henry Nicholls (Bat), Ish Sodhi (Bowler), James Neesham (All-rounder), Kane Williamson (Captain & Bat), Lockie Ferguson (Bowler), Martin Guptill (Bat), Matt Henry (Bowler), Mitchell Santner (All-rounder), Ross Taylor (Bat), Tim Southee (Bowler), Tom Blundell (Wicket-keeper), Tom Latham (Vice Captain &Wicket-keeper), Trent Boult (Bowler)