Monday 17 March 2014 

ICC World Twenty20 2014 Preview - New Zealand

Corey Anderson celebrates a wicket
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Preview - New Zealand
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Like Australia, the Black Caps too are experiencing a surge in confidence at the moment. They have experienced a pretty successful last 18 months, putting in some good performances against England and South Africa at home, then away in Sri Lanka, and then again at home versus West Indies and India.

The team management has found time to settle down and they have taken full charge of the team’s present and future. It implies that skipper Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson are doing a fine job of marshalling their troops, with the team coming together as a unit, and most of these average cricketers beginning to punch above their weight.

One of the biggest examples of this is Kane Williamson, who is not considered a T20 player by many pundits. Yet, he has moulded his game in such a manner that it became impossible to ignore him, thanks partly to an indomitable streak he has been experiencing.

Much the same can be said about Trent Boult, an out-and-out swing bowler in the longer format of the game, but he does find a place in the squad that has travelled to Bangladesh.

They do have T20 specialists in McCullum and Ross Taylor, both capable of blowing any opposition to smithereens on their day. But their real hopes will be pinned on Corey Anderson, the new all-round sensation, who can hit sixes like nobody’s business.

He is an ambitious cricketer and wants to leave a mark on world cricket. Considering what he did against West Indies and India at home in the summer gone by, this tournament – on flat tracks and small boundaries – could very well be his starting point.

Recent Form

2013-14 – W-LWW

6th November – Beat Bangladesh by 15 runs in Dhaka
19th November – Match abandoned against Sri Lanka in Pallekele
21st November – Lost to Sri Lanka by eight wickets in Pallekele
11th January – Beat West Indies by 81 runs in Auckland
15th January – Beat West Indies by four wickets in Wellington

Previous Tournament Performances

2007 – Super Eights: Won against India and England and lost to South Africa to go out on run-rate
2009 – Super Eights: Won against Ireland and lost to Sri Lanka and Pakistan
2010 – Super Eights: Won against Pakistan and lost to South Africa and Englan
2012 – Super Eights: Lost to Sri Lanka, England and West Indies

Fixtures

22nd March – versus England in Chittagong
24th March – versus South Africa in Chittagong
29th March – versus B1 qualifier in Chittagong
31st March – versus Sri Lanka in Chittagong

Squad

Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wicket-keeper), Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson

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