|Test status granted||1930|
|First Test match||England England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, 10–13 January 1930|
|Captain of Test and ODI teams||Kane Williamson|
|Captain of Twenty20||Kane Williamson|
|Official ICC Test and ODI ranking||2nd (Test), 3rd (ODI), 6th (T20I)|
|- This year||2/1 (0 draws)|
|Last Test match|| v India at Hagley Oval, Christchurch;|
29 February – 2 March 2020
|- 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.
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.
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|
|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|
|Tom Bruce||29||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||30||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|
|Todd Astle||33||Right Handed||Right Arm Leg Spin||Canterbury||Test, T20I||60|
|Colin de Grandhomme||34||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|
|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||36||Right Handed||Right Arm Off Spin||Auckland||Test||28|
|Hamish Bennett||33||Left Handed||Right Arm Fast||Wellington||ODI, T20I||52|
|Trent Boult||31||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|
- BLACKCAPS official website
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- New Zealand cricket
- Beige Brigade Official Website
- Cricinfo New Zealand
- Runs on the board – New Zealand cricket (NZHistory)