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 Brendon McCullum
Captain of Twenty20
Coach Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Mike Hesson
Official ICC Test and ODI ranking 8th (Test), 7th (ODI), 2nd (T20I)
Test matches 354
- This year 1/1
Last Test match v Flag of India India India at Bengaluru, 31 August 2012 – 3 September 2012
Wins/losses 71/148
- This year 1/1
As of 30 January 2012

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.


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

This is a list of active players who have played for New Zealand in the last year. Iain O'Brien and Shane Bond have played during this period, but have since retired from international cricket. Players in bold have a central contract for 2010–11. Jacob Oram has also played Test cricket in this period, but has since retired from the format.

Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic team Forms S/N
Opening Batsmen
Martin Guptill 32 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Auckland Test, ODI, Twenty20 31
Daniel Flynn 33 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20
BJ Watling 33 Right-Handed Bat Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 47
Middle-Order Batsmen
Ross Taylor 35 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Central Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 3
Rob Nicol 35 Right-Handed Bat Right Arm Off Break Canterbury Test, ODI, Twenty20
Dean Brownlie 34 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Canterbury Test, Twenty20
Brendon McCullum 37 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Otago Test, ODI, Twenty20 42
Kruger Van Wyk 39 Right-Handed Bat Central Districts
Daniel Vettori 40 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Northern Districts Test, Twenty20 11
Nathan McCullum 38 Right-Handed Bat Right Arm Off Break Otago ODI, Twenty20
Colin de Grandhomme 32 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Auckland ODI, Twenty20
Kane Williamson 28 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 22
Jacob Oram 40 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Central Districts ODI, Twenty20 24
James Franklin 38 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Medium-Fast Wellington Test, ODI, Twenty20 70
Pace Bowlers
Brent Arnel 40 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Northern Districts Test
Doug Bracewell 28 Right-handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Central Districts ODI, Test
Chris Martin 44 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Auckland Test 32
Andy McKay 38 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Fast-Medium Wellington ODI 55
Kyle Mills 40 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Auckland ODI, Twenty20 37
Tim Southee 30 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm-Fast-Medium Northern Districts Test, ODI, Twenty20 38
Neil Wagner 33 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Fast Otago Test
Adam Milne 26 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast Central Districts Twenty20 2
Trent Boult 29 Right-Handed Bat Left-Arm Fast Northern Districts Test, ODI 8
Spin Bowlers
Jeetan Patel 38 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Wellington Test, ODI 39
Luke Woodcock 37 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Wellington ODI, Twenty20 4
Tarun Nethula 35 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-Break Central Districts ODI
Roneel Hira 32 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Canterbury Twenty20

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