Team Combination

New Zealand have a settled squad with no injury
scares, and their preferred 15 all in England.
The core from their successful 2015 World Cup
campaign is intact with Martin Guptill,
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in good form
while Trent Boult and Tim Southee lead
the bowling unit. In Neil Broom and
Mitchell Santner, they have found
replacements for Grant Elliott
and Daniel Vettori, with Corey Anderson,
James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme
offering a plethora of all-rounders
to balance the squad. Adam Milne,
Mitchell McClenaghan and Jeetan Patel
complete the squad to form a well-rounded attack.

New Zealand seem to be in a slight muddle
over the wicket-keeper and opening partner
slot for Guptill with Luke Ronchi and
Tom Latham both in contention.
Latham had a difficult time in the
home season when he was handed the
wicket-keeping duties, with five
single-digit scores including three ducks.
He did hit form in the tri-series with
scores of 15, 54, 104 and 84 in
Ireland but going by New Zealand's
tactics in the practice games,
Ronchi looks set to open with Guptill.

Opponents and Key Tactics


New Zealand play Australia, Bangladesh
and England in the group of death
and will need to bring out their best
game to make it to the knock-out stage.

c Australia New Zealand have played Australia in eight
ODIs across three Chappell-Hadlee series
since the start of 2016, with a 4-4
win-loss record. Seven of those eight
games were won by the side batting first,
and both teams will want to avoid chasing.
Since the beginning of the 2015 World Cup,
Martin Guptill is the second highest run-scorer
in ODIs with 2222, only behind David Warner (2244).
New Zealand will look up to him to provide
a foundation for a solid middle order.
Mitchell Starc's average of 17.71 against
New Zealand is his best among teams
participating in the tournament
and New Zealand will want to blunt
him before he can repeat his
World Cup final heroics.
2015.

Bangladesh
Bangladesh are a team that has risen rapidly
in the last two years, climbing to no. 6 in
ODI rankings with their first away win
against New Zealand recently.
In the last two years, Bangladesh
have a 8-5 win-loss record batting
first and 5-5 while batting second,
making it another game in which
New Zealand may want to defend a total.
Ross Taylor averages 75.3 against
Bangladesh in his last six ODIs
against them. Taylor averages 64
in matches won by New Zealand
in the last four years,
making him a player to watch
out in this clash.


England
If qualification is on the line,
England could be the last team
New Zealand would want to face.
A team that has registered 300+
scores in 10 of their last 11 games
while batting first will not be easy
to beat. This gives enough reason to
keep them away from batting first.
Joe Root's average of 61.2 against
New Zealand is his best among the
top eight teams and New Zealand
will want to keep him quiet to
break into the middle order.
both sides.

Recent ODI performances


New Zealand had a decent preparation
in Ireland with three wins and a loss
while playing a second string side.
They lost a hard fought home series
against South Africa 3-2 earlier this
year after winning against Bangladesh
and Australia. In England, they lost
3-2 to the hosts in 2015 when England
revamped their squad post the World Cup debacle.


Predicted Outcome
New Zealand have a history of doing well
in ICC tournaments, then falling aside
in the knockout games. A semi-final spot
would be hard-earned, coming from a tough
group and they will need extraordinary
brilliance from players like Guptill
and Williamson to go any further.

Probable XI:

1. Luke Ronchi (wk)
2. Martin Guptill
3. Kane Williamson (c)
4. Ross Taylor
5. Neil Broom
6. James Neesham
7. Corey Anderson
8. Mitchell Santner
9. Tim Southee
10.Trent Boult
11.Mitchell McClenaghan

Team Combination
New Zealand have a settled squad with no injury scares, and their preferred 15 all in England. The core from their successful 2015 World Cup campaign is intact with Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in good form while Trent Boult and Tim Southee lead the bowling unit. In Neil Broom and Mitchell Santner, they have found replacements for Grant Elliott and Daniel Vettori, with Corey Anderson, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme offering a plethora of all-rounders to balance the squad. Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jeetan Patel complete the squad to form a well-rounded attack.

New Zealand seem to be in a slight muddle over the wicket-keeper and opening partner slot for Guptill with Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham both in contention. Latham had a difficult time in the home season when he was handed the wicket-keeping duties, with five single-digit scores including three ducks. He did hit form in the tri-series with scores of 15, 54, 104 and 84 in Ireland but going by New Zealand's tactics in the practice games, Ronchi looks set to open with Guptill.

Opponents and Key Tactics
New Zealand play Australia, Bangladesh and England in the group of death and will need to bring out their best game to make it to the knock-out stage.

Australia New Zealand have played Australia in eight ODIs across three Chappell-Hadlee series since the start of 2016, with a 4-4 win-loss record. Seven of those eight games were won by the side batting first, and both teams will want to avoid chasing. Since the beginning of the 2015 World Cup, Martin Guptill is the second highest run-scorer in ODIs with 2222, only behind David Warner (2244). New Zealand will look up to him to provide a foundation for a solid middle order. Mitchell Starc's average of 17.71 against New Zealand is his best among teams participating in the tournament and New Zealand will want to blunt him before he can repeat his World Cup final heroics. 2015.

Bangladesh Bangladesh are a team that has risen rapidly in the last two years, climbing to no. 6 in ODI rankings with their first away win against New Zealand recently. In the last two years, Bangladesh have a 8-5 win-loss record batting first and 5-5 while batting second, making it another game in which New Zealand may want to defend a total. Ross Taylor averages 75.3 against Bangladesh in his last six ODIs against them. Taylor averages 64 in matches won by New Zealand in the last four years, making him a player to watch out in this clash. both sides.

England If qualification is on the line, England could be the last team New Zealand would want to face. A team that has registered 300+ scores in 10 of their last 11 games while batting first will not be easy to beat. This gives enough reason to keep them away from batting first. Joe Root's average of 61.2 against New Zealand is his best among the top eight teams and New Zealand will want to keep him quiet to break into the middle order. both sides.

Recent ODI performances
New Zealand had a decent preparation in Ireland with three wins and a loss while playing a second string side. They lost a hard fought home series against South Africa 3-2 earlier this year after winning against Bangladesh and Australia. In England, they lost 3-2 to the hosts in 2015 when England revamped their squad post the World Cup debacle.

Predicted Outcome
New Zealand have a history of doing well in ICC tournaments, then falling aside in the knockout games. A semi-final spot would be hard-earned, coming from a tough group and they will need extraordinary brilliance from players like Guptill and Williamson to go any further.

Probable XI:
1. Luke Ronchi (wk)
2. Martin Guptill
3. Kane Williamson (c)
4. Ross Taylor
5. Neil Broom
6. James Neesham
7. Corey Anderson
8. Mitchell Santner
9. Tim Southee
10.Trent Boult
11.Mitchell McClenaghan