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New Zealand Champions Trophy Team Preview
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New Zealand Champions Trophy Team Preview

New Zealand won the Champions Trophy in 2000. This has been their one and only major success at any ICC tournament till date. They’ve played 21 CT matches: Won 12, Lost 8 and NR 1

  New Zealand’s progress in previous 7 editions of the Champions Trophy.

New Zealand’s progress in previous 7 editions of the Champions Trophy.

New Zealand are in Group A alongside Australia, Bangladesh and England.


Batting:

Kane Williamson(c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Neil Broom, Luke Ronchi(wk) and Ross Taylor

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill have been the backbone of Kiwi batting along with Ross Taylor: Williamson has scored 1488 runs in last 34 innings at an average of 45. Guptill in his last 32 innings has managed 1506 runs at an average of 53.78 and has a strike rate of 103.


Bowling:

Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jeetan Patel

Trent Boult is currently ranked no 4 in the ODI bowlers’ ranking. On paper, the Kiwis have a strong pace battery and the English conditions will suit them.


All-Rounders:

Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham and Mitchell Santner

Kiwis would be hoping that their all-rounders rise to the occasion. Corey Anderson since his 36 ball hundred in 2014 hasn’t been all that destructive: there has been a major dip in his ability to score quick runs, a strike rate of 64.82 last year indicates just that. Corey Anderson and the likes of James Neesham will have to step up their game to boost New Zealand’s chances of winning their second trophy.


Trump Card:

Mitchell Santner has played 11 ODIs this year, taken 18 wickets at an economy rate of 4.52 and scored 113 runs with the highest score of 38. His late-order exploits will be crucial for the Kiwi batting while he also is their main spinner.


Recent ODI Form:

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New Zealand lost a well fought home series 3-2 against South Africa earlier this year. They got their Champions Trophy preparations underway in Ireland by winning 3 out of the 4 matches in the Tri-Nation series against Bangladesh and Ireland. They lost their last match to Bangladesh, which should be a good wake up call right before the start of the tournament.


Previous Champions Trophy:

New Zealand had a forgettable Champions Trophy as they managed to win only one match.