New Zealand squad for Twenty20s v England 2013
Appointed captain following Ross Taylor’s controversial departure, McCullum has made a good start, steering New Zealand to their first one-day international series victory in South Africa last time out. A hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman, he remains a major force in limited-overs cricket - epitomised by him sitting atop the Twenty20 batting rankings.
A left-arm paceman, Boult has made an impression in Test cricket since his debut in 2011 without managing to do likewise in one-day internationals. Before the series he was yet to represent the Black Caps in the shortest form.
A seamer with good pace, Butler has represented New Zealand sporadically over an 11-year period. He has an excellent T20 international record, having claimed 15 wickets at an average below 20, yet had not featured since 2010 prior to this rubber.
Originally from South Africa, all-rounder Elliott returned following an absence of almost three years in the Kiwis’ victory over South Africa recently. He has played in just one T20I, but has an impressive ODI record, making his aforementioned exile all the more mystifying.
An all-rounder who has yet to carve out a role in the Black Caps’ side, he faces stern competition from the likes of Elliott and James Franklin for a spot in the XI.
A little better than the 'bits-and-pieces cricketer' some claim, Franklin has managed to carve out a decent career in an era of global domestic T20 tournaments. On a given day, he could open the bowling, batting or both and rarely lets his side down.
A stylish opening batsman capable of powerful striking, Guptill has plenty of ability and can score all round the wicket. He is particularly outstanding in limited-overs cricket, but has not yet managed to fulfil his vast potential in the Test arena.
All-rounder Hira, whose left-arm spin has proved useful in domestic limited-overs cricket, could well get his chance due to the continued injury-enforced absence of outstanding tweaker Daniel Vettori.
Given his chance on the recent tour of South Africa, left-arm seamer McClenaghan did plenty to suggest a promising future is on the cards by impressing in all six matches. He claimed four wickets in three T20Is while operating with an impressive economy rate of 6.9.
The brother of Brendon McCullum, Nathan has long since stepped out of his younger sibling’s shadow and established himself as a model of consistency in limited-overs cricket. While his forte remains off-spinning darts, the 32-year-old is also a useful lower-order batsman capable of clearing the ropes.
Another who was a new face against the Proteas, South African-born Munro showed why he possesses an outstanding domestic record when striking a powerful half-century for the New Zealand XI in England’s opening warm-up match.
A batsman who was yet to feature in international cricket at the start of the series, Rutherford hit a fluent 30 at the top of the order to help the New Zealand XI defeat England in the final T20 warm-up encounter.
Back in the side after a brief yet much-talked-about absence, Taylor remains New Zealand’s best all-round batsman. While Brendon McCullum is often spoken about in relation to T20 cricket, his predecessor as captain is outstanding in all forms of the game and very much a man to be feared from an England perspective.
Called into the squad for the first game - after which he was released - due to injuries to Butler and Elliott, Neesham is a promising all-rounder who bats left-handed and bowls right-arm seam. He featured in all six limited-overs matches on New Zealand's recent tour of South Africa.