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New Zealand becomes the first team to announce their WC squad
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New Zealand becomes the first team to announce their WC squad

New Zealand became the first country to name their squad for this summer's World Cup in England and Wales. Kane Williamson will captain a 15-man squad for the Black Caps, who were beaten by Australia in the ICC World Cup 2015 final.

Instead of making the announcement at a press conference at a stadium, as is the norm, the squad was named at the Tai Tapu School, which is located on the outskirts of Christchurch.

The 28-year-old wicketkeeper Tom Blundell is a surprise selection, having not played a One-Day International and made only two Test and three T20 appearances.

The Black Caps hope to shed their tag as valiant losers and claim the title after exiting in the semifinals six times and suffering a heavy defeat to Australia in their only appearance in the final four years ago.

"We've got a squad here of 15 players that we think can give us a really, really good chance of going far into the tournament," New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.