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New Zealand Announces 15 Man squad for T20 World Cup 2024

New Zealand announced their squad for the T20 World Cup 2024, led by Kane Williamson. Notable inclusions are Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner, and Trent Boult. With a balanced team and a strong history in the tournament, New Zealand aims to reach the semi-finals and contend for the title.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed their squad for the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. Kane Williamson will continue to lead the side, and senior pacer Trent Boult has been included despite withdrawing from the contract list.

Kane Williamson will make his sixth T20 World Cup appearance and fourth as captain, while Tim Southee will make his seventh as the Kiwis look to win their first title in the game’s shortest international format.

The inclusion of most recognized faces, like Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner, Devon Conway, Ish Sodhi, and Matt Henry in the squad was not a huge surprise. A couple of names were missing, including Adam Milne and Tim Seifert, but New Zealand has put their trust in Conway, their only wicketkeeper, who is presently recovering from a hand injury. 


New Zealand Squad For T20 World Cup 2024:

Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ben Sears (travelling reserve)

Recent forms of each Player and why they were selected in the Squad:

Kane Williamson(c) – Kane Williamson, a well-known cricketer, set to lead New Zealand in the T20 World Cup for the fourth time. He’s noted for his classy batting and ability to remain calm during matches. In T20 World Cups, he has scored 699 runs in 24 innings, with an average of 36.8.

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He is critical for New Zealand because he is adept at keeping the innings together. Williamson’s leadership and calm demeanor make him the most important player in the squad, and he is set to lead New Zealand’s drive in the T20 World Cup with his excellent batting and smart captaincy. 

Finn Allen – Finn Allen has emerged as one of New Zealand’s most improved players of late. With his aggressive approach, he is well-known for setting the tempo in powerplay overs. While his World Cup record is not particularly impressive, with 95 runs in 5 innings, his performance over the last year has been remarkable.

In 18 innings, he has 539 runs and a strike rate of 163.8. These statistics demonstrate his significance as a dynamic and explosive batsman, making him a valued member of the squad. 

Devon Conway – Devon Conway’s return from a hand injury is highly anticipated, given his amazing run-scoring record for New Zealand and in franchise cricket throughout the world.

Devon Conway’s job as an opener is critical, having scored 274 runs in 11 innings with a remarkable average of 39.1 in T20 World Cups. New Zealand’s chances in the competition will be primarily reliant on his performance and contributions at the top of the order. 

Daryl Mitchell – Daryl Mitchell’s position at number four in the batting order emphasizes his critical role in navigating the middle overs and producing a strong finish for the team. With a flair for dominating spinners, he provides a dynamic element to the lineup.

Mitchell’s performance in the T20 World Cup showed his ability, as he scored 318 runs in 11 innings at an excellent average of 39.8. As a consistent middle-order batsman, his ability to capitalise on spinners’ makes him an important asset for New Zealand. 

Glenn Phillips – Glenn Phillips’ cricketing talents have improved significantly in recent years, and he is emerging as a talented player for New Zealand. In addition to his batting abilities, he contributes to the team as a useful off-spinner, frequently taking key wickets.

Glenn Phillips has proved his ability to succeed under pressure in World Cup matches, scoring 306 runs in 10 innings at an average of 34 and striking out at a rate of 138.5. As the team’s designated finisher, he is responsible for directing the innings to an effective finish. 

Mark Chapman – Chapman’s left-handed attacking technique and good domestic performance put him in contention for a spot in the playing 11. Despite not having played a single T20 World Cup match, his excellent performance in 2023 speaks volumes.

Chapman has scored 576 runs in 19 matches at an impressive average of 48, demonstrating his ability to score consistently. His aggressive style gives depth and flexibility to the batting order.

Jimmy Neesham – Jimmy Neesham’s experience and adaptability make him an invaluable asset to New Zealand. His involvement on the backend of both batting and bowling is critical to the team’s success.

Despite having limited chances in T20 World Cups, Neesham has made important contributions, scoring 145 runs in 12 games at a remarkable strike rate of 155.9. His ability to take key wickets with the ball, with six wickets to his name, adds to his all-round strengths. 

Mitchell Santner – Mitchell Santner’s ability as a traditional left-arm spinner strengthens New Zealand’s T20 bowling lineup. With his ability to maintain control and minimize loose deliveries, he constantly puts pressure on opposing batters.

Furthermore, Santner’s ability to contribute important runs later in the order increases his value to the team. In the T20 World Cup, Santner has demonstrated his skill by collecting 21 wickets in 17 matches with an amazing economy rate of 6.52.

Tim Southee – Tim Southee’s extensive experience, as he prepares for his seventh T20 World Cup appearance, highlights his enormous worth to the New Zealand cricket team.

Southee’s ability to produce swing offers a huge threat to opposing batsmen. With 29 wickets in 22 T20 World Cup matches, he has demonstrated his ability to consistently take wickets at a strike rate of 16.6. 

Trent Boult – Trent Boult’s ability with the new ball is unparalleled, establishing his place as one of the best fast bowlers in the T20 format. Boult, known for his ability to strike early and make crucial breakthroughs, has been a regular contributor for his side throughout the years. With an outstanding score of 25 wickets in only 14 T20 World Cup matches, he has a phenomenal strike rate of 13.4. 

Lockie Ferguson – Lockie Ferguson’s ability to turn up the heat in the middle overs adds an important dimension to New Zealand’s bowling assault. Ferguson’s blazing pace, which averages 145+kph, presents a difficult challenge for batsmen.

Lockie Ferguson has already made an impression in his five T20 World Cup appearances, taking seven wickets at an outstanding strike rate of 16.3. 

Ish Sodhi –  Ish Sodhi’s leg-spin expertise makes him an effective weapon for New Zealand, especially in spin-friendly conditions such as the Caribbean and the United States.

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With pitches that help spinners, Sodhi’s ability to turn the ball sharply and deceive batsmen can be crucial. Sodhi has been quite efficient in his 17 T20 World Cup appearances, taking 25 wickets at an outstanding strike rate of 15.1. 

Rachin Ravindra – Rachin Ravindra’s recent form has been nothing short of exceptional despite not being the first choice in the starting lineup. His tremendous run-scoring across formats demonstrates his batting talent.

In just two matches this year, Ravindra showcased his ability with the bat, accumulating 69 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 186.5. Additionally, his utility extends beyond batting, as he can contribute with his left-arm spin bowling as well.

Michael Bracewell – Michael Bracewell’s flexibility as a multi-faceted player gives depth to New Zealand’s squad, allowing him to contribute significantly with both bat and ball. In 13 T20I innings for New Zealand, Bracewell has scored 167 runs. Furthermore, he has 24 wickets with the ball. 

Matt Henry – Matt Henry’s ability with the new ball strengthens New Zealand’s bowling attack in T20I cricket. Renowned for his ability to swing the ball at a brisk pace. In his 16 T20I appearances, he has demonstrated his knack for picking up wickets, tallying an impressive count of 20 wickets at a strike rate of 18.3. 

New Zealand’s T20 World Cup History

2007South AfricaSemifinalist
2009EnglandSuper Eight
2010West IndiesSuper Eight
2012Sri LankaSuper Eight
2014BangladeshSuper Ten

New Zealand’s Winning chances based on the squad in T20 World Cup 2024

New Zealand has assembled a strong squad for the T20 World Cup 2024 that includes both seasoned and young players, and it covers all of the bases. The team has an excellent competition record, thus fans expect them to get to the semi-finals.

Winning the title won’t be easy but with a quality squad and determination, New Zealand is ready to give it their all and compete for the T20 World Cup trophy. 

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