New Zealand Squad for World Cup 2019
New Zealand’s world cup squad was announced recently. While the squad looks balanced, a couple of inclusions were a bit out of the blue. Wicket Keeper Tim Blundell and selection of Ish Sodhi were the two unexpected selections. However, their squad looks balanced.
Expectations from the team are high after New Zealand reached the final of the last World Cup in 2015 which it co-hosted with Australia.
Players to look forward to
Williamson is ambidextrous, bats right-handed in the top order across formats, and has become a pillar of the New Zealand side since he made his debut in 2010. Williamson is also an outstanding catcher and a part-time offspinner, though he needed to remodel his bowling after being banned from bowling in international cricket in June 2014 for an illegal action. With the mental strength to match his skills, Williamson was an automatic choice to take over the captaincy at the World T20 in 2016, soon after the retirement of the inspirational Brendon McCullum. Williamson led the team to four back-to-back victories in India and was highly praised for his tactics that helped the team adapt to slow, turning pitches before they were beaten by England in the semi-finals.
Ross Taylor could be just what New Zealand need in the wake of the mass of departures from their batting line-up: an aggressive top-order batsman capable of taking up the challenge to world-class attacks. He made a flying start to the domestic 2005-06 season, with three centuries, and was soon in his country’s limited-overs side. He has now become a formidable force for the squad who can change the games at will.
Trent Boult is a left-arm quick who presents a significant threat to batsmen around the world with an ability to move the ball both ways even in unresponsive conditions. In the World Cup 2015, he ended up being the joint-leading wicket taker with 22 scalps in nine matches including 5 for 27 in an epic victory over Australia in the earlier stages. His ability to take wickets early in the game and to stop runs at the death makes him an important part of NZ squad.