Cricket World Cup Preview : New Zealand

The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, here take a brief look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool A


– Co-hosts New Zealand go into the World Cup brimming with confidence after posting ODI series wins against South Africa India, Pakistan and the West Indies over the past two years. The Black Caps have reached the semi-finals six times (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007, 2011) and are desperate to shed the tag of perennial also-rans on home soil.

Under captain Brendon McCullum, they have become a disciplined, aggressive unit boasting youthful talent such as batsman Kane Williamson alongside veterans like Dan Vettori, who will be contesting his fifth World Cup.

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