New Zealand

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Daniel Vettori

A country that has routinely punched above its weight in the international arena. Five World Cup semi-finals - albeit without taking the next step - are testament to the limited-overs nous of one of the most underrated teams in world cricket. A poor run of results in the build-up to this tournament has served to dampen expectations, but opposition bowlers will need little reminding of the damage that can be wrought by the likes of Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder. Fans will be hoping Jacob Oram’s fragile frame stands up to the rigours of potentially six weeks’ cricket. They are no such concerns over the experience of the squad. Daniel Vettori, their astute leader, supplies the glue on the field.

Squad: Daniel Vettori, Ross Taylor (vice-captain), Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Scott Styris, Jamie How, Luke Woodcock, Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Hamish Bennett.

Captain: Daniel Vettori
Coach: John Wright

Key Man: Daniel Vettori
With few concerns over the destructive capabilities - if not the consistency - of the batting, New Zealand will rely heavily on their skipper for control with the ball. His status as the world’s leading one-day bowler owes much to a combination of wonderful control, clever manipulation of pace and deft use of angles. He is also a dangerous customer with the bat down the order.

World Cup Record
1975: Semi-final
1979: Semi-final
1983: 1st round
1987: 1st round
1992: Semi-final
1996: Quarter-final
1999: Semi-final
2003: Super Sixes
2007: Semi-final