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New Zealand
New Zealand Cricket Cap Insignia.svg
Test status granted 1930
First Test match Flag of England England England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, 10–13 January 1930
Captain of Test and ODI teams Kane Williamson
Captain of Twenty20 Kane Williamson
Coach Gary Stead
Official ICC Test and ODI ranking 2nd (Test), 3rd (ODI), 6th (T20I)
Test matches 442
- This year 2/1 (0 draws)
Last Test match v Flag of India India at Hagley Oval, Christchurch;
29 February – 2 March 2020
Wins/losses 101/175
- This year 2/1 (0 draws)
As of 13 March 2020

The New Zealand cricket team, nicknamed the Black Caps, are the national cricket team representing New Zealand. They played their first Test match in 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. It took the team until 1955–56 to win a Test, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

The current Test, One-day and Twenty20 captain is Brendon McCullum. McCullum replaced Ross Taylor who replaced Daniel Vettori prior after Vettori stepped down following the 2011 World Cup. Vettori had replaced New Zealand's most successful captain, Stephen Fleming, who led New Zealand to 28 Test victories, more than twice as many as any other captain. The national team is organised by New Zealand Cricket.

The New Zealand cricket team became known as the Black Caps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team. Official New Zealand Cricket sources typeset the nickname as BLACKCAPS.

As of February 2012, New Zealand have played 368 Test matches, winning 71, losing 148 and drawing 149.

History

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 the HMS Beagle called in to 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.

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 NZ. England sent 6 teams, Australia 15 and Fiji 1.

On 15–17 February 1894 the first team representing New Zealand played New South Wales at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. NSW won by 160 runs. New South Wales returned again in 1895–96 and NZ 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 NZ from a thrashing in the first match but not the second which NZ lost by an innings and 358 runs – currently the second largest defeat in NZ first-class cricket.

Current squad

Players in bold have a central contract for 2019–20. Players underlined were 2019 Cricket World Cup squad members.

Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic Team Formats Shirt Notes
Opening Batsman
Tom Blundell 29 Right Handed Right Arm Off Spin Wellington Test, ODI 66
Martin Guptill 33 Right Handed Right Arm Off Spin Auckland ODI, T20I 31
Colin Munro 33 Left Handed Right Arm Medium Auckland T20I 82
Henry Nicholls 28 Left Handed Right Arm Off Spin Canterbury Test, ODI 86
Jeet Raval 31 Left Handed Right Arm Leg Spin Auckland Test 1
Batsman
Tom Bruce 28 Right Handed Right Arm Off Spin Central Districts T20I 76
Mark Chapman 26 Left Handed Slow Left Arm Orthodox Auckland ODI 80
Glenn Phillips 23 Right Handed Right Arm Off Spin Auckland Test 23
Ross Taylor 36 Right Handed Right Arm Off Spin Central Districts Test, ODI, T20I 3
Kane Williamson 29 Right Handed Right Arm Off Spin Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 22 Captain
Wicket Keeper Batsman
Tom Latham 28 Left Handed Right Arm Medium Canterbury Test, ODI 48 Test, ODI Vice Captain
Tim Seifert 25 Right Handed Northern Districts T20I 43
Bradley John Watling 35 Right Handed Right Arm Off Spin Northern Districts Test 47
All Rounders
Todd Astle 33 Right Handed Right Arm Leg Spin Canterbury Test, T20I 60
Colin de Grandhomme 33 Right Handed Right Arm Fast Medium Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 77
Daryl Mitchell 29 Right Handed Right Arm Medium Northern Districts Test, T20I 75
James Neesham 29 Left Handed Right Arm Fast Medium Wellington ODI, T20I 50
Mitchell Santner 28 Left Handed Slow Left Arm Orthodox Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 74
Spin Bowlers
Ajaz Patel 31 Left Handed Left Arm Slow Left Arm Orthodox Central Districts Test 24
Ish Sodhi 27 Right Handed Right Arm Leg Spin Northern Districts ODI, T20I 61
William Somerville 35 Right Handed Right Arm Off Spin Auckland Test 28
Pace Bowlers
Hamish Bennett 33 Left Handed Right Arm Fast Wellington ODI, T20I 52
Trent Boult 30 Right Handed Left Arm Fast Medium Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 18
Lachlan Ferguson 29 Right Handed Right Arm Fast Auckland Test, ODI, T20I 87
Matt Henry 28 Right Handed Right Arm Fast Medium Canterbury Test, ODI 21
Kyle Jamieson 25 Right Handed Right Arm Fast Medium Auckland Test, ODI 12
Scott Kuggeleijn 28 Right Handed Right Arm Fast Medium Northern Districts T20I 68
Tim Southee 31 Right Handed Right Arm Medium Fast Northern Districts Test, ODI, T20I 38 T20I Vice Captain
Blair Tickner 26 Right Handed Right Arm Fast Medium Central Districts T20I 13
Neil Wagner 34 Left Handed Left Arm Fast Medium Northern Districts Test 10

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