New Zealand Announce ODI World Cup 2023 Squad & Williamson’s Return

New Zealand Announce ODI World Cup 2023 Squad & Williamson's Return

New Zealand Announce ODI World Cup 2023 Squad & Williamson’s Return

Kane Willamson joins the team as captain for the second time for the ICC World Cup with the notable addition of Tim Southee.

The anticipation for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is around the corner and different teams are announcing their squads. Likewise,  New Zealand, a team that finished as the runner-up in the 2015 and 2019 editions, has unveiled its 15-member squad for this prestigious tournament.

The grand ICC ODI Men’s World Cup is all set to start on October 05, in India with an opening match between defending champions England and 2019 runner up Newzealand. The ICC has announced fixtures for the big event with its day, dates, time, and venus along with warm-up matches schedule.

The Kiwis are gearing up for an exhilarating cricket spectacle with a captivating blend of seasoned campaigners and emerging talents. Their teams seem composed and balanced to win the title this time.

Do read: Updated Official Schedule of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023

Kane Williamson Announced Kiwi Captain for World Cup 2023

In a major boost for New Zealand cricket enthusiasts, Kane Williamson has made a remarkable recovery from a ruptured ACL at the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL). He assumes the captaincy once more, having led his team to a runner-up finish in 2019.

The talismanic batter, known for his astute leadership and exemplary batting skills worked really hard to recover from injury to rejoin the team. He is the only captain from the 2019 campaign in this World Cup.

A Mix of Experience and Youth

The Blackcaps have opted for a well-rounded squad that strikes a balance between experience and youth. Alongside Kane Williamson, fast bowler Tim Southee, a seasoned campaigner, will be making his fourth World Cup appearance. Their wealth of experience will be invaluable in crunch situations.

Mark Chapman, who has showcased a strong run of form in white-ball cricket, secures his place in the squad. Also making waves is 23-year-old spin-bowling all-rounder Rachin Ravindra, who recently claimed three wickets against England in a gripping ODI encounter.

Notable Omissions

While the squad features several exciting prospects, some notable players missed the cut. Young top-order batter Finn Allen and backup wicket-keeper Tim Seifert didn’t find a place in the final squad. The team management has entrusted Tom Latham as the sole wicket-keeper. Furthermore, Adam Milne, who suffered a hamstring injury on New Zealand’s tour of England, was also left out.

Coach Gary Stead’s Perspective

New Zealand coach Gary Stead acknowledged the challenges of selecting the final squad but expressed confidence in the chosen players. He emphasized the importance of striking the right balance for the competitive tournament ahead.

“It is always a special time to name a tournament team,” Stead remarked. “From Kane and Tim heading to their fourth tournament to the guys selected for the first time, it is always a very exciting time. The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad.”

Visit also: India Announced 15-man Squad for ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023

New Zealand Squad for ICC ODI Men’s World Cup 2023

  • Kane Williamson (C)
  • Trent Boult
  • Tim Southee
  • Matt Henry
  • Lockie Ferguson
  • Mark Chapman
  • Devon Conway
  • Tom Latham (VC/WC)
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • Jimmy Neesham
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Rachin Ravindra
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Ish Sodhi
  • Will Young

New Zealand kicks off its World Cup campaign with an enthralling clash against defending champions England on October 5 in Ahmedabad. The Blackcaps aim to go one step further than their 2019 Final appearance and claim the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup trophy.

Read more: Australia Declared 18-Man Preliminary Squad for ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023

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