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New Zealand
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Nickname(s)Black Caps,[1] Kiwis[2]
AssociationNew Zealand Cricket
Personnel
Test captainTim Southee
One Day captainKane Williamson
T20I captainKane Williamson
CoachGary Stead
History
Test status acquired1930
International Cricket Council
ICC statusFull Member (1926)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current[6] Best-ever
Test 5th 1st (6 January 2021)[3]
ODI 4th 1st (3 May 2021)[4]
T20I 5th 1st (4 May 2016)[5]
Tests
First Testv.  England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 10–13 January 1930
Last Testv.  Pakistan at National Stadium, Karachi; 2–6 January 2023
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total[7] 460 109/181
(170 draws)
This year[8] 1 0/0 (2 draws against Pakistan)
World Test Championship appearances1 (first in 2019–21)
Best resultChampions (2019–21)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv.  Pakistan at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 11 February 1973
Last ODIv.  India at Holkar Stadium, Indore; 24 January 2023
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[9] 797 366/382
(7 ties, 42 no results)
This year[10] 6 2/4
(0 ties, 0 no results)
World Cup appearances12 (first in 1975)
Best resultRunners-up (2015, 2019)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv.  Australia at Eden Park, Auckland; 17 February 2005
Last T20Iv.  India at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad ; 1 February 2023
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[11] 185 94/78
(9 ties, 4 no results)
This year[12] 3 1/2
(0 ties, 0 no results)
T20 World Cup appearances7 (first in 2007)
Best resultRunners-up (2021)
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Test kit

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ODI kit

T20I kit

As of 1 February 2023

The New Zealand national cricket team represents New Zealand in men's international cricket. Named the Black Caps, they played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. From 1930 New Zealand had to wait until 1956, more than 26 years, for its first Test victory, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland.[13] They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

Kane Williamson is the current captain of the team in T20I's, Tim Southee is the current test captain as Kane Williamson stepped down as captain in December 2022. The national team is organized by New Zealand Cricket.

The New Zealand cricket team became known as the Blackcaps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team.[14] This is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

As of 25 November 2022, New Zealand have played 1429 international matches, out of which they have won 566, lost 635, tied 16 and drew 168 matches while 44 matches ended up as no result.[15] The team is ranked 5th in Tests, 1st in ODIs and 5th in T20Is by the ICC.[16]

As of 2022, the team has participated in all the 29 ICC Men's events taking place from 1975 onwards and have made six final appearances out of which they won two titles. In October 2000 they won the Knockout Trophy by defeating India which was their maiden ICC Title. They defeated South Africa to reach their maiden CWC Final in 2015.[17] In the next edition they reached their second successive Final by defeating India.[18] Then in June 2021 they won the inaugural WTC by defeating India and five months later they reached their maiden T20 WC Final by defeating England.

History[edit]

Beginnings of cricket in New Zealand[edit]

The reverend Henry Williams provided history with the first report of a game of cricket in New Zealand, when he wrote in his diary in December 1832 about boys in and around Paihia on Horotutu Beach playing cricket. In 1835, Charles Darwin and HMS Beagle called into the Bay of Islands on its epic circumnavigation of the Earth and Darwin witnessed a game of cricket played by freed Māori slaves and the son of a missionary at Waimate North. Darwin in The Voyage of the Beagle wrote:[19]

several young men redeemed by the missionaries from slavery were employed on the farm. In the evening I saw a party of them at cricket.

The first recorded game of cricket in New Zealand took place in Wellington in December 1842. The Wellington Spectator reports a game on 28 December 1842 played by a "Red" team and a "Blue" team from the Wellington Club. The first fully recorded match was reported by the Examiner in Nelson between the Surveyors and Nelson in March 1844.

The first team to tour New Zealand was Parr's all England XI in 1863–64. Between 1864 and 1914, 22 foreign teams toured New Zealand. England sent 6 teams, Australia 15 and one from Fiji.

First national team[edit]

On 15–17 February 1894 the first team representing New Zealand played New South Wales at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. New South Wales won by 160 runs. New South Wales returned again in 1895–96 and New Zealand won the solitary game by 142 runs, its first victory. The New Zealand Cricket Council was formed towards the end of 1894.

New Zealand played its first two internationals (not Tests) in 1904–05 against a star-studded Australia team containing such players as Victor Trumper, Warwick Armstrong and Clem Hill. Rain saved New Zealand from a thrashing in the first match, but not the second, which New Zealand lost by an innings and 358 runs – currently the second-largest defeat in New Zealand first-class history.

Inter-war period[edit]

In 1927 NZ toured England. They played 26 first-class matches, mostly against county sides. They won seven matches, including those against Worcestershire, Glamorgan, Somerset and Derbyshire. On the strength of the performances of this tour New Zealand was granted Test status.

In 1929/30 the M.C.C toured NZ and played 4 Tests all of 3 days in duration. New Zealand lost its first Test match but drew the next 3. In the second Test Stewie Dempster and Jackie Mills put on 276 for the first wicket. This is still the highest partnership for New Zealand against England. New Zealand first played South Africa in 1931–32 in a three match series but were unable to secure Test matches against any teams other than England before World War II ended all Test cricket for 7 years. A Test tour by Australia, planned for February and March 1940, was cancelled after the outbreak of the war.[20][21][22]

After World War II[edit]

New Zealand's first Test after the war was against Australia in 1945/46. This game was not considered a "Test" at the time but it was granted Test status retrospectively by the International Cricket Council in March 1948. The New Zealand players who appeared in this match probably did not appreciate this move by the ICC as New Zealand were dismissed for 42 and 54. The New Zealand Cricket Council's unwillingness to pay Australian players a decent allowance to tour New Zealand ensured that this was the only Test Australia played against New Zealand between 1929 and 1972.

In 1949 New Zealand sent one of its best-ever sides to England. It contained Bert Sutcliffe, Martin Donnelly, John R. Reid and Jack Cowie. However, 3-day Test matches ensured that all 4 Tests were drawn. Many have regarded the 1949 tour of England among New Zealand's best ever touring performances. All four tests were high-scoring despite being draws and Martin Donnelly's 206 at Lord's hailed as one of the finest innings ever seen there.[23] Despite being winless, New Zealand did not lose a test either. Prior to this, only the legendary 1948 Australian team, led by the great Don Bradman, had achieved this.

New Zealand played its first matches against the West Indies in 1951–52, and Pakistan and India in 1955/56.

In 1954/55 New Zealand recorded the lowest ever innings total, 26 against England. The following season New Zealand achieved its first Test victory. The first 3 Tests of a 4 Test series were won easily by the West Indies but New Zealand won the fourth to notch up its first Test victory. It had taken them 45 matches and 26 years to attain.

9, 10, 12, 13 March 1956
Scorecard
v
255 all out (166.5 overs)
John R. Reid 84
Tom Dewdney 5/21 (19.5 overs)
145 all out (78.3 overs)
Hammond Furlonge 64
Harry Cave 4/22 (27.3 overs)
157 all out (80 overs)
Sammy Guillen 41
Denis Atkinson 7/53 (40 overs)
77 all out (45.1 overs)
Everton Weekes 31
Harry Cave 4/21 (13.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 190 runs
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Clyde Harris (NZL) and Terry Pearce (NZL)
  • New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat

In the next 20 years, New Zealand won only seven more Tests. For most of this period New Zealand lacked a class bowler to lead their attack although they had two excellent batsmen in Bert Sutcliffe and Glenn Turner and a great all-rounder in John R. Reid.

Reid captained New Zealand on a tour to South Africa in 1961–62 where the five-test series was drawn 2–2. The victories in the third and fifth tests were the first overseas victories New Zealand achieved. Reid scored 1,915 runs in the tour, setting a record for the most runs scored by a touring batsman of South Africa as a result.[24]

New Zealand won their first test series in their three match 1969/70 tour of Pakistan 1–0.[25] This was the first ever series win by New Zealand after almost 40 years and 30 consecutive winless series.[26]

1970 to 2000[edit]

Scoreboard - Basin ReserveFebruary 1978. NZ's first win over England

In 1973 Richard Hadlee debuted and the rate at which New Zealand won Tests picked up dramatically. Hadlee was one of the best pace bowlers of his generation, playing 86 Tests for New Zealand before he retired in 1990. Of the 86 Tests that Hadlee played in New Zealand won 22 and lost 28. In 1977/78 New Zealand won its first Test against England, at the 48th attempt. Hadlee took 10 wickets in the match.

During the 1980s New Zealand also had the services of one of its best-ever batsman, Martin Crowe and a number of good players such as John Wright, Bruce Edgar, John F. Reid, Andrew Jones, Geoff Howarth, Jeremy Coney, Ian Smith, John Bracewell, Lance Cairns, Stephen Boock, and Ewen Chatfield, who were capable of playing the occasional match-winning performance and consistently making a valuable contribution to a Test match.

The best example of New Zealand's two star players (R. Hadlee and M. Crowe) putting in match-winning performances and other players making good contributions is New Zealand versus Australia, 1985 at Brisbane. In Australia's first innings Hadlee took 9–52. In New Zealand's only innings, M Crowe scored 188 and John F. Reid 108. Edgar, Wright, Coney, Jeff Crowe, V. Brown, and Hadlee scored between 17 and 54*. In Australia's second innings, Hadlee took 6–71 and Chatfield 3–75. New Zealand won by an innings and 41 runs.

8–12 November 1985
Scorecard
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179 (76.4 overs)
Kepler Wessels 70 (186)
Richard Hadlee 9/52 (23.4 overs)
553/7d (161 overs)
Martin Crowe 188 (328)
Greg Matthews 3/110 (31 overs)
333 (116.5 overs
Allan Border 152* (301)
Richard Hadlee 6/71 (28.5 overs)
New Zealand won by an innings and 41 runs
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Tony Crafter (Aus) and Dick French (Aus)
Player of the match: Richard Hadlee (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

One-day cricket also gave New Zealand a chance to compete more regularly than Test cricket with the better sides in world cricket. In one-day cricket a batsman does not need to score centuries to win games for his side and bowlers do not need to bowl the opposition out. One-day games can be won by one batsman getting a 50, a few others getting 30s, bowlers bowling economically and everyone fielding well. These were requirements New Zealand players could consistently meet and thus developed a good one-day record against all sides.

Perhaps New Zealand's most infamous one-day match was the "under arm" match against Australia at the MCG in 1981. Requiring six runs to tie the match off the final ball, Australian captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to bowl the ball underarm along the wicket to prevent New Zealand batsman Brian McKechnie from hitting a six. The Australian umpires ruled the move as legal even though to this day many believe it was one of the most unsporting decisions made in cricket.

When New Zealand next played in the tri-series in Australia in 1983, Lance Cairns became a cult hero for his one-day batting. In one match against Australia, he hit six sixes at the MCG, one of the world's largest grounds. Few fans remember that New Zealand lost this game by 149 runs. However, Lance's greatest contribution to New Zealand cricket was his son Chris Cairns.

Chris Cairns made his debut one year before Hadlee retired in 1990. Cairns, one of New Zealand's best all-rounders, led the 1990s bowling attack with Danny Morrison. Stephen Fleming, New Zealand's most prolific scorer, led the batting and the team into the 21st century. Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan also scored plenty of runs for New Zealand, but both retired earlier than expected.

Daniel Vettori made his debut as an 18-year-old in 1997, and when he took over from Fleming as captain in 2007 he was regarded as the best spinning all-rounder in world cricket. On 26 August 2009, Daniel Vettori became the eighth player and second left-arm bowler (after Chaminda Vaas) in history to take 300 wickets and score 3000 test runs, joining the illustrious club. Vettori decided to take an indefinite break from international short form cricket in 2011 but continued to represent New Zealand in Test cricket and returned for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

On 4 April 1996, New Zealand achieved a unique world record, where the whole team was adjudged Man of the Match for team performance against 4-run victory over the West Indies. This is recorded as the only time where whole team achieved such an award.[27][28][29]

3 April 1996
Scorecard
New Zealand 
158 (35.5 overs)
v
 West Indies
154 (49.1 overs)
Craig Spearman 41 (39)
Laurie Williams 3/16 (4.5 overs)
Roland Holder 49* (86)
Chris Cairns 2/17 (5.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 runs
Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana
Umpires: Clyde Duncan (WI) and Eddie Nicholls (WI)
Player of the match: New Zealand
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to field.

21st century[edit]

New Zealand started the new millennium by winning the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya to claim their first ICC tournament. This was a knockout tournament where teams were seeded according to their performance in Cricket World Cup 1999, the top five teams from that world cup gained direct entry to quarter-finals and while remaining six teams had to play the pre-quarter finals. New Zealand gained direct entry to quarter-finals where they faced Zimbabwe against whom they had recently lost an ODI series, after a nervy start they pulled things back and romped to a crushing 64-run victory to get through to the semis. In semis they faced Pakistan, a team who had managed to knock New Zealand out from last World Cup at this very stage. New Zealand beat Pakistan this time in a thrilling run-chase to enter the final. In the final, they faced India who had knocked out world champions Australia and defending champions South Africa. New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl but the decision seemed to backfire as India romped to a 141 run opening partnership in 27 overs, New Zealand somehow managed to pull things back but the target was a daunting 265, and in reply they struggled for the most part of their innings but in the end, it was a 122-run partnership between Chris Cairns and Chris Harris that took them close the target before Cairns finished the game with two balls to spare as New Zealand won its first-ever ICC event.

15 October 2000
Scorecard
India 
264/6 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
265/6 (49.4 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 117 (130)
Scott Styris 2/53 (10 overs)
Chris Cairns 102* (113)
Venkatesh Prasad 3/27 (7 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi  Kenya
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and David Shepherd (Eng)
Player of the match: Chris Cairns (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • New Zealand won the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy.

Shane Bond played 18 Tests for NZ between 2001 and 2009 but missed far more through injury. When fit, he added a dimension to the NZ bowling attack that had been missing since Hadlee retired, taking 87 wickets at an average of 22.09.

The rise of the financial power of the BCCI had an immense effect on NZ cricket and its players. The BCCI managed to convince other boards not to pick players who had joined the rival Twenty-20 Indian Cricket League. NZ Cricket lost the services of Shane Bond, Lou Vincent, Andre Adams, Hamish Marshall and Daryl Tuffey. The money to be made from Twenty-20 cricket in India may have also induced players, such as Craig McMillan and Scott Styris (from Test cricket) to retire earlier than they would have otherwise. After the demise of the Indian Cricket League Bond and Tuffey again played for New Zealand.

Vettori stood down as Test captain in 2011 leading to star batsman Ross Taylor to take his place. Taylor led New Zealand for a year which included a thrilling win in a low scoring Test match against Australia in Hobart, their first win over Australia since 1993. In 2012/13 Brendon McCullum became captain and new players such as Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham emerged as world-class performers. McCullum captained New Zealand to series wins against the West Indies and India in 2013/14 and both Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2014/15 increasing New Zealand's rankings in both Test and ODI formats. In the series against India McCullum scored 302 at Wellington to become New Zealand's first Test triple centurion.

In early 2015 New Zealand made the final of the Cricket World Cup, going through the tournament undefeated until the final, where they lost to Australia by seven wickets.[30]

In 2015 the New Zealand national cricket team played under the name of Aotearoa for their first match against Zimbabwe to celebrate te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).[31]

In mid-2015 New Zealand toured England,[32] performing well, drawing the Test series 1–1, and losing the One Day series, 2–3.

From October to November 2015, and in February 2016, New Zealand played Australia in two Test Series, in three and two games a piece

With a changing of an era in the Australian team, New Zealand was rated as a chance of winning especially in New Zealand. New Zealand lost both series by 2-0[33]

In February 2016, Kane Williamson was appointed as the captain of the team after Brendon McCullum's retirement after playing his 101st test against Australia at Christchurch. Williamson's first international series as the full-time captain was Men's T20 World Cup 2016 in India in which the team won all four of its group games but lost to England in the semi-final at Delhi. After the annual rankings update on 4 May 2016 the team was awarded the No. 1 ranking in T20Is. The team then got into a rough patch after the T20WC where they would go onto lose away series to South Africa, India and Australia. In their home season they managed to beat Pakistan for the first time in a test series after 32 years, whitewashed Bangladesh across formats, won the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy against Australia but went onto lose to South Africa in T20I, ODI and Test series.

New Zealand started the 2017 international season with a tri-series involving hosts Ireland, and Bangladesh as a preparation for upcoming Champions Trophy in England. New Zealand managed to win the tri-series as they finished at the top of the points table but the Champions Trophy turned out to be a disastrous campaign as they get knockout out by Bangladesh and ended the tournament without even a single win which was the worst performance for them in an ICC Event. After that the team had to wait four months for their next tour which was to India in which both the ODI and T20I series were closely contested but New Zealand lost both by a scoreline of 2–1. The home season started with whitewash of the West Indies across formats followed by whitewash of Pakistan in the ODI series but after that New Zealand lost the T20I series to Pakistan and in the process lost their No. 1 ranking in T20Is. Then they took part in the first ever T20I tri-series involving full-members the Trans-Tasman T20I Tri-Series in which they ended up runners-up to Australia and England finished third. Then they played England where they lost the ODI series but then managed to win the test series. This was their first test series win against England after 19 years and 4th overall in their 87 year old rivalry.

New Zealand didn't have any matches scheduled for 2018 season, so after a 7-month wait from their last series they toured UAE in Oct-Dec 2018 to play Pakistan, the tour started with New Zealand suffering whitewash in the T20I series but then managed to win the first ODI which marked their 12th consecutive ODI win against Pakistan. The ODI series ended up as a one-a-piece draw. After that New Zealand produced a stunning act of resilience to register their first away test series win against Pakistan after 49 years. This put New Zealand 3rd on the test rankings table with No. 2 ranking in sight. After this in their home season they beat Sri Lanka across formats, lost to India in the ODI series before managing to beat them in the T20I series and lastly they beat Bangladesh across formats and they climbed to No. 2 spot in Test rankings as a consequence of test series win against them.

New Zealand started the 2019 season with the mega event, the Cricket World Cup in England & Wales. New Zealand had a terrific start to their World Cup campaign as they remained unbeaten and top of the table for their first six games. Their formed dipped after that initial burst as they managed to lose their next three group games convincingly and just managed to get through to the semis as the fourth placed team on net run-rate. They were tipped rank underdogs in their semi-final clash against table-toppers India, but managed to stun the favorites on the reserve day to enter their second consecutive final. The final ended up in heart-breaking manner as New Zealand missed out on the opportunity of lifting the World Cup for the first time by the barest of margins as they lost the match due to hitting fewer boundaries than England. This boundary countback rule was criticized by fans and media all over the world and a couple of months later ICC abolished this rule for future ICC events.

In December 2022, captain Kane Williamson stepped down as test captain with Tim Southee to replace him. Many people have said Tom Latham should have been named captained as he's already captained nine tests. Kane Williamson Will remains as the Blackcaps white-ball captain.

International grounds[edit]

Locations of all stadiums which have hosted an international cricket match within New Zealand since 2018

Listed chronologically in order of first match and include neutral fixtures such as World Cup and World Cup Qualifier games

Venue City County team Capacity Years used Test ODI T20I
Current venues
Basin Reserve Wellington Wellington 11,600 1930– 65 30
Eden Park Auckland Auckland 42,000 1930– 50 77 24
McLean Park Napier Central Districts 19,700 1979– 10 44 4
Seddon Park Hamilton Northern Districts 10,000 1981– 27 37 12
Sky Stadium Wellington Wellington 34,500 2000– 31 15
University Oval Dunedin Otago 6,000 2008– 8 11 1
Saxton Oval Nelson Central Districts 6,000 2014– 11 2
Hagley Oval Christchurch Canterbury 18,000 2014– 11 15 2
Bay Oval Tauranga Northern Districts 10,000 2014– 3 11 9
John Davies Oval Queenstown Otago 19,000 2003–2014 9 Former venues
AMI Stadium Christchurch Canterbury 38,628 1930-2011 40 48 4
Carisbrook Dunedin Otago 29,000 1955–2004 10 21
Pukekura Park New Plymouth Central Districts 1992 1
Owen Delany Park Taupo Northern Districts 15,000 1999–2001 3
John Davies Oval Queenstown Otago 19,000 2003–2014 9
Cobham Oval Whangarei Northern Districts 5,500 2012–2017 2
Bert Sutcliffe Oval Lincoln New Zealand Academy 2014 2
As of 10 August 2022[34]

Current squad[edit]

This is a list of every player contracted with NZC or was named in the recent Test, ODI or T20I squads. Contracted players are listed in bold.[35] Uncapped players are listed in italics.

Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme were contracted with NZC, but have since announced retirement from international cricket.

  • Forms - This refers to the forms they've played for New Zealand in the past year, not over their whole New Zealand career
  • S/N – Shirt number
Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team Forms No. Notes
Batters
Finn Allen 23 Right-handed Right-arm off spin Wellington ODI, T20I 16
Martin Guptill 36 Right-handed Right-arm off spin Auckland ODI, T20I 31
Henry Nicholls 31 Left-handed Right-arm off spin Canterbury Test, ODI 86
Glenn Phillips 26 Right-handed Right-arm off spin Otago ODI, T20I 23
Kane Williamson 32 Right-handed Right-arm off spin Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 22 ODI & T20I Captain
Will Young 30 Right-handed Right-arm off spin Central Districts Test, ODI 32
All-rounders
Michael Bracewell 31 Left-handed Right-arm off spin Wellington Test, ODI, T20I 4
Mark Chapman 28 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Auckland ODI, T20I 80
Daryl Mitchell 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium Canterbrury Test, ODI, T20I 75
James Neesham 32 Left-handed Right-arm medium fast Wellington ODI, T20I 50
Michael Rippon 31 Right-handed Slow Left-arm unorthodox spin Otago ODI, T20I 91
Mitchell Santner 31 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Northern Districts ODI, T20I 74
Wicket-keepers
Tom Blundell 32 Right-handed Right-arm off spin Wellington Test 66
Dane Cleaver 29 Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Central Districts ODI, T20I 15
Devon Conway 31 Left-handed Right-arm medium Wellington Test, ODI, T20I 88
Tom Latham 30 Left-handed Right-arm medium Canterbury Test, ODI 48 Test and ODI vice-captain
Spin bowlers
Ajaz Patel 34 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Central Districts Test 24
Ish Sodhi 30 Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 61
Pace bowlers
Trent Boult 33 Right-handed Left-arm fast medium Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 18
Doug Bracewell 32 Right-handed Right-arm fast medium Central Districts ODI 34
Jacob Duffy 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast medium Otago ODI, T20I 27
Lockie Ferguson 31 Right-handed Right-arm fast Auckland ODI, T20I 69
Matt Henry 31 Right-handed Right-arm fast medium Canterbury Test, ODI 21
Kyle Jamieson 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast medium Auckland Test, ODI 12
Adam Milne 30 Right-handed Right-arm fast Central Districts ODI, T20I 20
Ben Sears 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium fast Wellington T20I 14
Henry Shipley 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium fast Canterbury ODI 46
Tim Southee 34 Right-handed Right-arm medium fast Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 38 Test Captain; T20I vice-captain
Blair Tickner 29 Right-handed Right-arm medium fast Central Districts ODI, T20I 13
Neil Wagner 36 Left-handed Left-arm medium fast Northern Districts Test 10

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Team manager Mike Sandle
Head coach Gary Stead
Batting coach Luke Ronchi
Bowling coach Shane Jurgensen
Physiotherapist Tommy Simsek
Strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson
Performance analyst Paul Warren
Media correspondent Willy Nicholls

Coaching history[edit]

Team colours[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsor (chest) Sponsor (sleeves)
1980-1989 Adidas
1990 DB Draught
1991
1992 ISC
1993-1994 Bank of New Zealand
1995-1996 DB Draught
1997 Bank of New Zealand
1998 Canterbury TelstraClear
1999 Asics
2000 WStar TelstraClear
2001-2005 National Bank of New Zealand TelstraClear
2006-2008
2009 Dheeraj & East Coast
2010 Canterbury
2011-2014 Ford
2015-2016 ANZ
2017 ANZ
2018–present

New Zealand's kit is manufactured by Canterbury of New Zealand, who replaced previous manufacturer WStar in 2009. When playing Test cricket, New Zealand's cricket whites feature logo of the sponsors Gillette on the left of the shirt, the ANZ logo on the left sleeve and on the middle of the shirt and the Canterbury logo on the right sleeve. New Zealand fielders may wear a black cap (in the style of a baseball cap rather than the baggy cap worn by some teams) or a white sun hat with the New Zealand Cricket logo in the middle. Helmets are also coloured black (although until 1996, they used to be white with the silver fern logo encased in a black circle).

In limited overs cricket, New Zealand's ODI and Twenty20 shirts feature the ANZ logo across the centre, with the silver fern badge on the left of the shirt, Canterbury logo on the right sleeve and the Ford logo on the right. In ODIs, the kit comprises a black shirt with blue accents and black trousers, whilst the Twenty20 kit comprises a beige shirt with black accents and black trousers. In ICC limited-overs tournaments, a modified kit design is used with sponsor's logos moving to the sleeve and 'NEW ZEALAND' printed across the front.

In ODI, New Zealand wore Beige and brown between 1980 World Series Cricket and 1988 World Series Cricket. The 1983–1984 version was made popular by the Black Caps supporter group Beige Brigade, who sells the version of this uniform to the general public together with a "moral contract" which explains the expectations that come with being a Beige Brigadier. and was also worn in the inaugural Twenty20 international between New Zealand and Australia. Between 1991 and 1997 grey or silver (with some splashes of black or white) was worn instead. Until 2000, the ODI uniform was teal with black accents.

Previous suppliers were Adidas (World Series Cricket 1980–1990), ISC (World Cup World Cup 1992 and 1996, World Series 1993–97) Canterbury (1998–1999), Asics (who supplied all the 1999 Cricket World Cup participating teams) and WStar (2000–2009).

Previous sponsors were DB Draught (1990–1994 in the front, 1995–1997 in the sleeve), Bank of New Zealand (1993–94 and 1997–99 in the front), Clear Communications, later TelstraClear (1997–2000 in the front, 2001–2005 in the sleeve), National Bank of New Zealand (2000–2014) and Dheeraj and East Coast (2009–2010),[36] since 2014 ANZ is the current sponsor, due to National Bank's rebranding as ANZ. Amul became the new sponsor in May 2017 for the ICC CT17.[37]

Tournament history[edit]

ICC Cricket World Cup[edit]

ICC Cricket World Cup record
Host(s) & Year Round 1 Round 2 Semi-finals Final Position
Pos P W L T NR Pts Pos P W L T/NR PCF Pts
England 1975 2/4 3 2 1 0 0 4 Lost to  West Indies by 5 wickets Did not qualify SF
England 1979 2/4 3 2 1 0 0 8 Lost to  England by 9 runs SF
EnglandWales 1983 3/4 6 3 3 0 0 6 Did not qualify Grp
IndiaPakistan 1987 3/4 6 2 4 0 0 8 Grp
AustraliaNew Zealand 1992 1/9 8 7 1 0 0 14 Lost to  Pakistan by 4 wickets Did not qualify Grp
IndiaPakistanSri Lanka 1996 3/6 5 3 2 0 0 6 Lost to  Australia by 6 wickets Did not qualify Grp
EnglandWales 1999 3/6 5 3 2 0 0 6 4/6 3 1 1 0/1 2 5 Lost to  Pakistan by 9 wickets Did not qualify SF
South Africa 2003 3/7 6 4 2 0 0 16 5/6 3 1 2 0 4 8 Did not qualify Grp
Cricket West Indies 2007 1/4 3 3 0 0 0 6 3/8 6 4 2 0 2 10 Lost to  Sri Lanka by 81 runs Did not qualify SF
IndiaSri LankaBangladesh 2011 4/7 6 4 2 0 0 8 Beat  South Africa by 49 runs Lost to  Sri Lanka by 5 wickets SF
AustraliaNew Zealand 2015 1/6 6 6 0 0 0 12 Beat  West Indies by 143 runs Beat  South Africa by 4 wickets (DLS) Lost to  Australia by 7 wickets 2
EnglandWales 2019 4/10 9 5 3 0 1 11 Beat  India by 18 runs Lost to  England by 9 boundaries 2
India 2023
South AfricaZimbabweNamibia 2027
IndiaBangladesh 2031

ICC T20 World Cup[edit]

ICC T20 World Cup record
Host(s) & Year Round 1 Round 2 Semi-finals Final Position
Pos P W L T NR Pts Pos P W L T NR Pts
W L W L
South Africa 2007 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 2/4 3 2 1 0 0 0 4 Lost to  Pakistan by 6 wickets Did not qualify SF
England 2009 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 3/4 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 Did not qualify Grp
Cricket West Indies 2010 1/3 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 3/4 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 Grp
Sri Lanka 2012 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 4/4 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 Grp
Bangladesh 2014 Automatically progressed 3/5 4 2 2 0 0 0 4 Grp
India 2016 to the Super 10s stage 1/5 4 4 0 0 0 0 8 Lost to  England by 7 wickets Did not qualify SF
United Arab Emirates & Oman 2021 Automatically progressed 2/6 5 4 1 0 0 0 8 Beat  England by 5 wickets Lost to  Australia by 8 wickets 2
Australia 2022 to the Super 12s stage 1/6 5 3 1 0 0 1 7 Lost to  Pakistan by 7 wickets Did not qualify SF
Cricket West IndiesUnited States 2024
IndiaSri Lanka 2026
AustraliaNew Zealand 2028
England IrelandScotland 2030

ICC World Test Championship[edit]

ICC World Test Championship record
Year League stage Final Host Final Final Position
Pos Matches Ded PC Pts PCT
P W L D T
2019–21[38] 2/9 11 7 4 0 0 0 600 420 70.0 England Hampshire Bowl 2021 Beat  India by 8 wickets 1/9
2021–23 8/9 9 2 6 1 0 0 108 28 25.93 England The Oval 2023 TBD
2023–25
2025-27
2027-29
2029-31

ICC Champions Trophy (ICC KnockOut)[edit]

ICC KnockOut Trophy record
Host(s) & Year Pre-Quarter finals Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final Position
Bangladesh 1998 Beat  Zimbabwe by 5 wickets Lost to  Sri Lanka by 5 wickets Did not qualify QF
Kenya 2000 Bye Beat  Zimbabwe by 64 runs Beat  Pakistan by 4 wickets Beat  India by 4 wickets 1
ICC Champions Trophy record
Host(s) & Year Group stage Semi-finals Final Position
Pos P W L T NR NRR Pts
Sri Lanka 2002 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 0.030 2 Did not qualify Grp
England 2004 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 1.603 2 Grp
India 2006 2/4 3 2 1 0 0 0.572 4 Lost to  Australia by 34 runs Did not qualify SF
South Africa 2009 1/4 3 2 1 0 0 0.782 4 Beat  Pakistan by 5 wickets Lost to  Australia by 6 wickets 2
England 2013 3/4 3 1 1 0 1 0.777 3 Did not qualify Grp
England 2017 4/4 3 0 2 0 1 −1.058 1 Grp
Pakistan 2025
United Arab Emirates 2029

Austral-Asia Cup[edit]

Austral-Asia Cup record
Host & Year First Round Semi-finals Final Position
United Arab Emirates 1986 Lost to  India by 3 wickets Lost to  Pakistan by 10 wickets Did not qualify SF
Austral-Asia Cup record
Host & Year Group stage Semi-finals Final Position
Pos P W L T NR RR Pts
United Arab Emirates 1990 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 5.330 2 Lost to  Pakistan by 8 wickets Did not qualify SF
United Arab Emirates 1994 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 4.240 2 Lost to  Pakistan by 62 runs SF

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Commonwealth Games record
Host(s) & Year Group stage Semi-finals Medal round Position
Pos P W L T NR NRR Pts Bronze medal match Gold medal match
Malaysia 1998 1/4 3 3 0 0 0 1.799 6 Lost to  Australia 9 wickets Beat  Sri Lanka by 51 runs Did not qualify 3/16

Honours[edit]

ICC[edit]

Others[edit]

Result summary[edit]

Test matches[edit]

Opposition Span Series Matches
P W L D W/L %W %L %D P W L D T W/L %W %L %D
 Australia 1946-2020 21 2 14 5 0.14 9.52 66.67 23.80 60 8 34 18 0 0.23 13.33 56.66 30.00
 Bangladesh 2001-2022 8 6 0 2 75.00 0.00 25.00 17 13 1 3 0 13.0 76.47 5.88 17.64
 England 1930-2022 38 6 24 8 0.25 15.78 63.15 21.05 110 12 51 46 0 0.23 10.90 46.36 42.72
 India 1955-2021 21 6 12 3 0.50 28.57 57.14 14.28 62 13 22 27 0 0.59 20.96 35.48 43.54
 Pakistan 1955-2021 21 5 10 6 0.50 23.80 47.61 28.57 60 14 25 21 0 0.56 23.33 41.66 35.00
 South Africa 1932-2022 17 0 13 4 0.00 0.00 76.47 23.52 47 5 26 16 0 0.19 10.63 55.31 34.04
 Sri Lanka 1983-2019 16 7 4 5 1.75 43.75 25.00 31.25 36 16 9 11 0 1.77 44.44 25.00 30.55
 West Indies 1952-2020 18 8 6 4 1.33 44.44 33.33 22.22 49 17 13 19 0 1.30 34.69 26.53 38.77
 Zimbabwe 1992-2016 7 5 0 2 71.42 0.00 28.57 17 11 0 6 0 64.70 0.00 35.29
Summary 1930-2022 167 45 83 39 0.54 26.94 49.70 23.35 458 109 181 168 0 0.60 23.79 39.51 36.68
Last updated: 27 June 2022 Source:ESPNCricInfo

* Only bilateral series wherein a minimum of 2 matches were played have been included here. One-off matches are not credited as a bilateral series.

ODI matches[edit]

Opposition Span Series Matches
P W L D W/L %W %L %D P W L T Tie+W Tie+L N/R %W
 Afghanistan 2015-2019 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Australia 1974-2022 17 3 10 4 0.30 17.64 58.82 23.52 141 39 95 0 0 0 7 29.10
 Bangladesh 1990-2021 9 7 2 0 3.50 77.77 22.22 0.00 38 28 10 0 0 0 0 73.68
 Canada 2003-2011 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
East Africa 1975-1975 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 England 1973-2019 18 7 8 3 0.87 38.88 44.44 16.66 91 43 41 2 0 1 4 51.14
 India 1975-2023 17 6 9 2 0.66 35.29 52.94 11.76 116 50 58 1 0 0 7 46.33
 Ireland 2007-2022 1 1 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Kenya 2007-2011 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Netherlands 1996-2022 1 1 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Pakistan 1973-2023 20 11 7 2 1.57 55.00 35.00 10.00 110 50 56 1 0 0 3 47.19
 Scotland 1999-2022 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 South Africa 1992-2019 10 2 8 0 0.20 20.00 80.00 0.00 71 25 41 0 0 0 5 37.87
 Sri Lanka 1979-2019 15 8 3 4 2.66 53.33 20.00 26.66 99 49 41 1 0 0 8 54.39
United Arab Emirates UAE 1996-1996 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 United States 2004-2004 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 West Indies 1975-2022 12 5 6 1 0.83 41.66 50.00 8.33 68 30 31 0 0 0 7 49.18
 Zimbabwe 1987-2015 9 6 2 1 3.00 66.66 22.22 11.11 38 27 9 1 0 0 1 74.32
Summary 1973-2023 129 57 55 17 1.03 44.19 42.64 13.18 797 366 382 7 0 1 42 48.94
Last updated: 24 January 2023. Source:ESPNCricInfo

* Only bilateral series wherein a minimum of 2 matches were played have been included here. One-off matches are not credited as a bilateral series.

* "Tie+W" and "Tie+L" indicates matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over").

* The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

* Forfeited matches are not included.

T20I matches[edit]

Opposition Span Series Matches
P W L D W/L %W %L %D P W L Tie Tie+W Tie+L N/R %W
 Afghanistan 2021-2021 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Australia 2005-2021 2 1 0 1 50.00 0.00 50.00 16 5 10 0 1 0 0 34.37
 Bangladesh 2010-2022 3 2 1 0 2.00 66.66 33.33 0.00 17 14 3 0 0 0 0 82.35
 England 2007-2022 4 1 3 0 0.33 25.00 75.00 0.00 23 8 13 0 0 1 1 38.63
 India 2007-2023 8 3 5 0 0.75 40.00 60.00 0.00 24 10 11 1 0 2 0 47.91
 Ireland 2009-2022 1 1 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Kenya 2007-2007 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Namibia 2021-2021 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Netherlands 2014-2022 1 1 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 Pakistan 2007-2022 7 3 3 1 1.00 42.85 42.85 14.28 29 11 18 0 0 0 0 37.93
 Scotland 2009-2022 1 1 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
 South Africa 2005-2017 3 0 2 1 0.00 0.00 66.66 33.33 15 4 11 0 0 0 0 26.66
 Sri Lanka 2006-2019 6 3 1 2 3.00 50.00 16.66 33.33 20 11 7 0 0 1 1 60.52
 West Indies 2006-2022 7 4 1 2 4.00 57.14 14.28 28.57 19 10 4 0 1 2 2 67.64
 Zimbabwe 2010-2015 2 2 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 100.00
Summary 2005-2023 45 22 16 7 1.57 48.89 35.55 15.56 185 94 78 1 2 6 4 54.41
Last updated: 01 February 2023. Source:ESPNCricInfo[39][40]

* Only bilateral series wherein a minimum of 2 matches were played have been included here. One-off matches are not credited as a bilateral series.

* "Tie+W" and "Tie+L" indicates matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over")

* The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

Records[edit]

World records[edit]

Notable[edit]

  • Ross Taylor has the 8th highest ODI batting average among batsmen to have played at least 100 ODIs, and Kane Williamson has the 10th highest.
  • New Zealand dismissed Zimbabwe (Harare 2005) twice in the same day for totals of 59 and 99. Zimbabwe became only the second team (after India at Manchester in 1952) to be dismissed twice in the same day. The whole Test was completed inside two days.[50] This feat was then repeated at Napier in 2012 when NZ dismissed Zimbabwe for 51 and 143 to end the match within three days.[51]
  • Kane Williamson holds the record for most centuries by a New Zealander in Tests, with 24.
  • Brendon McCullum holds the record for the highest Test innings by a New Zealander of 302 (vs India in 2014). He is currently the only triple centurion from New Zealand.
  • Brendon McCullum holds the New Zealand Test record for the most innings of 200 or more, with 4.
  • Brendon McCullum scored the fastest World Cup fifty (off 18 balls) for New Zealand in a Pool A Match of 2015 Cricket World Cup against England, beating his own 20-ball record set against Canada in World Cup (2007) earlier.
  • Martin Guptill holds the record for the highest One Day International innings by a New Zealander, with 237 not out against West Indies in the 2015 World Cup Quarter-final in Wellington.[52]
  • Shane Bond took an ODI hat-trick in the last over (innings bowling figures: 10–0–61–4) vs Australia at Hobart in January 2007.[53]
  • Tim Southee took a Twenty20 hat-trick, taking 5–18 in the match against Pakistan.
  • Colin Munro scored the second fastest T20 International 50, off 14 balls, against Sri Lanka at Eden Park, Auckland on 10 January 2016.
  • Chris Harris, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills and Chris Cairns are the only New Zealand cricketers to have taken 200 wickets in ODIs.
  • Chris Harris and Chris Cairns are the only two New Zealand cricketers to complete the 4000 run / 200 wicket double in ODIs. The others are Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya, South African Jacques Kallis, Pakistani's Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan).[54]
  • Ajaz Patel took all 10 wickets in an innings, being the third international cricketer and first New Zealand cricketer to achieve this feat, after England's Jim Laker and India's Anil Kumble .[55]
  • In June 2022 against England, New Zealand scored the fifth-highest team total (553) and second-highest match aggregate (837) in a losing cause in test match history.

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