New Zealand’s men’s international cricket team. The Black Caps played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, becoming the fifth Test nation. New Zealand didn’t win its first Test until 1956, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. Their debut ODI was against Pakistan in Christchurch in 1972–73. Tim Southee is the test captain after Kane Williamson resigned in December 2022. New Zealand Cricket organizes the national team. In January 1998, Clear Communications, the club’s sponsor, conducted a competition to name the squad. The All Blacks have various national team nicknames.
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New Zealand has played 1429 international matches, winning 566, losing 635, drawing 168, and losing 44. The ICC ranks them 5th in Tests, 1st in ODIs, and 5th in T20Is. The squad has played in all 29 ICC Men’s competitions from 1975 to 2022, making six finals and winning two trophies. They won their first ICC title by defeating India in the Knockout Trophy in October 2000. They overcame South Africa to reach their first CWC Final in 2015. After overcoming India, they reached their second consecutive Final. They defeated India in the first WTC and England in the T20 WC Final.
New Zealand’s introduction to cricket
The reverend Henry Williams wrote in his diary in December 1832 that boys in and around Paihia were playing cricket on Horotutu Beach. This was the first time that cricket had been seen in New Zealand. Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle stopped in the Bay of Islands in 1835 on their epic trip around the world. At Waimate North, Darwin saw a game of cricket between freed Mori slaves and the son of a missionary. Darwin wrote about this in The Voyage of the Beagle. Several young men who had been freed from slavery by missionaries worked on the farm. I saw a group of them playing cricket in the evening.
In December 1842, the first game of cricket that is known to have been played in New Zealand took place in Wellington. The Wellington Spectator says that on December 28, 1842, the Wellington Club’s “Red” team and “Blue” team played a game. In March 1844, the Examiner in Nelson wrote about the first match between the Surveyors and Nelson that was fully written down.
First national team:
At Lancaster Park in Christchurch, New Zealand’s first team played New South Wales from February 15–17, 1894. By 160 runs, New South Wales won. In 1895–96, New South Wales came back. In the one game they played, New Zealand beat them by 142 runs, which was their first win. Near the end of 1894, the New Zealand Cricket Council was made.
In 1904 and 1905, New Zealand played its first two internationals, which were not Tests, against an Australia team with stars like Victor Trumper, Warwick Armstrong, and Clem Hill. In the first game, rain kept New Zealand from getting blown out, but in the second game, they lost by an innings and 358 runs, which is the second-largest loss in New Zealand’s first-class history.
The years between wars
New Zealand toured England in 1927. Most of their 26 first-class games were against county teams. They beat Worcestershire, Glamorgan, Somerset, and Derbyshire, among others, in seven games. New Zealand was given Test status because of how well they did on this tour.
In 1929/30, the M.C.C. went to New Zealand and played 4 Tests, each of which lasted 3 days. New Zealand lost its first Test, but it tied its next three. In the first wicket of the second Test, Stewie Dempster and Jackie Mills put up 276 runs. This is still New Zealand’s best partnership against England. New Zealand played South Africa for the first time in a three-match series in 1931 and 1932. Before World War II, however, they were only able to play Test matches against England. Australia had planned a test tour for February and March 1940, but it was cancelled when war broke out.
1970 to 2000
Richard Hadlee’s 1973 debut helped New Zealand win Tests. Hadlee retired in 1990 after 86 Tests. Hadlee won 22 and lost 28 of his 86 New Zealand Tests. England lost the 1977/78 48th Test to New Zealand. Hadlee grabbed 10 wickets. In the 1980s, New Zealand’s top batsman, Martin Crowe, was available, as were John Wright, Bruce Edgar, John F. Reid, Andrew Jones, Geoff Howarth, Jeremy Coney, Ian Smith, John Bracewell, Lance Cairns, Stephen Boock, and Ewen Chatfield. New Zealand’s 1985 Brisbane match versus Australia finest illustrates R. Hadlee and M. Crowe’s match-winning efforts and other players’ contributions. Hadlee took 9–52 in Australia’s first innings. New Zealand’s single innings saw M Crowe score 188 and John F. Reid 108. Edgar, Wright, Coney, Jeff Crowe, V. Brown, and Hadlee scored 17–54*. Hadlee got 6–71 and Chatfield 3–75 in Australia’s second innings. New Zealand won a 41-run innings.
New Zealand played better teams more often in one-day cricket than Test cricket. One-day cricket doesn’t require batsmen to make hundreds or bowl out opponents. One-day games can be won by one batsman getting 50, several others scoring 30, economical bowling, and good fielding. New Zealand played well in one-day matches against all sides. New Zealand’s most infamous one-day match was the 1981 MCG “under arm” contest against Australia. Australian captain Greg Chappell ordered his brother Trevor to bowl underarm along the wicket to prevent Brian McKechnie from getting a six off the penultimate delivery. The Australian umpires approved the move despite protest.
New Zealand won their first ICC competition in the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya. The top five teams from Cricket World Cup 1999 were seeded directly into the quarterfinals, while the remaining six had to play the pre-quarterfinals. After a shaky start, New Zealand defeated Zimbabwe by 64 runs to advance to the semi-finals. Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the semis. New Zealand beat Pakistan again in a dramatic run-chase to reach the final. India defeated world champions Australia and reigning champions South Africa in the final.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl, but the decision seemed to backfire as India romped to a 141-run opening partnership in 27 overs. The team New Zealand somehow managed to pull things back, but the target was a daunting 265, and in reply they struggled for most of their innings, but a 122-run partnership between Chris Cairns and Chris Harris took them close the target before Cairns finished the game with two balls to spare as New Zealand wobbled.
New Zealand started the 2017 international season with a tri-series against hosts Ireland and Bangladesh to prepare for the Champions Trophy in England. New Zealand won the tri-series but lost to Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy, their worst ICC performance. After that, the team waited four months before travelling India, where they lost the ODI and T20I series 2-1. New Zealand started the home season by sweeping the West Indies across formats and whitewashing Pakistan in the ODI series, but they lost the T20I series to Pakistan and lost their No. 1 T20I ranking. They finished second to Australia and third to England in the inaugural full-member T20I tri-series, the Trans-Tasman. They won the test series against England but lost the ODI series. Their 4th test series win over England in 87 years.
This is a list of every player who has a contract with NZC or who was recently named to the Test, ODI, or T20I teams. Players who have contracts are in bold. Italics are used for players who don’t have a cap.
Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme had contracts with NZC, but they have since said they will no longer play cricket internationally.
|Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||Domestic team||Formats||S/N||Notes|
|Finn Allen||23||Right-handed||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||Captain(ODI, T20I)|
|Will Young||30||Right-handed||Right-arm off spin||Central Districts||Test, ODI||32|
|Michael Bracewell||31||Left-handed||Right-arm off spin||Wellington||Test, ODI, T20I||4|
|Daryl Mitchell||31||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Canterbrury||Test, ODI, T20I||75|
|James Neesham||32||Left-handed||Right-arm fast medium||Wellington||ODI, T20I||50|
|Devon Conway||31||Left-handed||Wellington||Test, ODI, T20I||88|
|Dane Cleaver||29||Right-handed||Central Districts||ODI, T20I||15|
|Tom Latham||30||Left-handed||Canterbury||Test, ODI||48||Test & ODI Vice-captain|
|Ajaz Patel||34||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Central Districts||Test||24|
|Mitchell Santner||30||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Northern Districts||ODI, T20I||74|
|Ish Sodhi||30||Right-handed||Right-arm leg spin||Northern Districts||ODI, T20I||61|
|Trent Boult||33||Right-handed||Left-arm fast medium||Northern Districts||Test, ODI, T20I||18|
|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||27||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||Auckland||Test, ODI||12|
|Adam Milne||30||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||Central Districts||T20I||20|
|Ben Sears||24||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||Wellington||T20I|
|Tim Southee||34||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||Northern Districts||Test, ODI, T20I||38||Test Captain,T20I Vice-Captain|
|Blair Tickner||29||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||Central Districts||ODI, T20I||13|
|Neil Wagner||36||Left-handed||Left-arm fast medium||Northern Districts||Test||10|
|Team manager||Mike Sandle|
|Head coach||Gary Stead|
|Batting coach||Luke Ronchi|
|Bowling coach||Shane Jurgensen|
|Strength and conditioning coach||Chris Donaldson|
|Performance analyst||Paul Warren|
|Media correspondent||Willy Nicholls|
Canterbury succeeded WStar as New Zealand’s kit producer in 2009. New Zealand’s Test cricket whites have Gillette on the left, ANZ on the left and middle, and Canterbury on the right. New Zealand fielders can wear a baseball cap or a white sun hat with the New Zealand Cricket insignia. Black helmets (although until 1996, they used to be white with the silver fern logo encased in a black circle). New Zealand’s ODI and Twenty20 shirts have the ANZ logo in the center, the silver fern badge on the left, Canterbury on the right sleeve, and Ford on the right. The Twenty20 kit is beige with black accents and black trousers, whereas the ODI outfit is black with blue accents. ICC limited-overs tournament kits have sponsor logos on the sleeves and “NEW ZEALAND” on the front.
New Zealand wore beige and brown in ODIs between 1980 and 1988. The Beige Brigade, a Black Caps supporter organization, distributes the 1983–1984 version along with a “moral contract” that specifies the expectations of Beige Brigadiers. The maiden Twenty20 international between New Zealand and Australia was also worn. Grey or silver with black or white accents was worn from 1991 until 1997. ODI uniforms were teal with black accents until 2000. Adidas, ISC, Canterbury, Asics, and WStar were previous providers (2000–2009).