New Zealand national cricket team
The New Zealand national cricket team represents New Zealand in men's international cricket. Named the Black Caps, they played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. From 1930 New Zealand had to wait until 1956, more than 26 years, for its first Test victory, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.
New Zealand silver fern cricket crest
|Nickname(s)||Black Caps, Kiwis|
|Association||New Zealand Cricket|
|Test status acquired||1930|
|ICC status||Full Member (1926)|
|ICC region||East Asia-Pacific|
1st (6 January 2021)|
1st (3 May 2021)|
1st (4 May 2016)|
|First Test||v. England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 10–13 January 1930|
|Last Test||v. India at Rose Bowl, Southampton; 18–23 June 2021|
3/0 (1 draw)|
|World Test Championship appearances||1 (first in 2019–21)|
|Best result||Champions (2019–21)|
|First ODI||v. Pakistan at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 11 February 1973|
|Last ODI||v. Bangladesh at Basin Reserve, Wellington; 26 March 2021|
(7 ties, 40 no result)
(0 ties, 0 no result)
|World Cup appearances||12 (first in 1975)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2015, 2019)|
|First T20I||v. Australia at Eden Park, Auckland; 17 February 2005|
|Last T20I||v. Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka; 10 September 2021|
(8 ties, 4 no results)
(0 ties, 0 no result)
|T20 World Cup appearances||6 (first in 2007)|
|Best result||Semi-finals (2007 and 2016)|
|As of 10 September 2021|
The current captain in all formats of the game is Kane Williamson, who replaced Brendon McCullum after the latter's retirement in December 2015. The national team is organised by New Zealand Cricket.
The New Zealand cricket team became known as the Blackcaps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team. This is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.
As of 10 March 2021, New Zealand have played 1360 international matches, winning 524, losing 611, tying 15 and drawing 166 matches while 44 matches ended as no result.
The team is ranked 1st in Tests, 1st in ODIs and 3rd in T20Is by the ICC. New Zealand have reached two World Cup finals, in 2015 and 2019. They defeated South Africa in the semi final of the 2015 World Cup, which was their first win in the a world cup semi final, but they ultimately lost to Trans-Tasman rivals Australia. In the next World Cup in 2019, New Zealand again reached the final which they lost to the hosts England on boundary count after the match and the subsequent Super Over both ended as ties.
The 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy win (now referred to as ICC Champions Trophy) stands as one of two ICC tournaments won by the team in their cricketing history. New Zealand also won the inaugural ICC World Test Championship tournament in 2021, beating India by 8 wickets.