New Zealand national cricket team

The New Zealand national cricket team represents New Zealand in men's international cricket. Nicknamed 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.[13] They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

New Zealand
New Zealand silver fern cricket crest
Nickname(s)Black Caps,[1] Kiwis[2]
AssociationNew Zealand Cricket
CaptainKane Williamson
CoachGary Stead
Test status acquired1930
International Cricket Council
ICC statusFull Member (1926)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current[3] Best-ever
Test 1st 1st (6 January 2021)[4]
ODI 1st 1st (3 May 2021)[5]
T20I 2nd 1st (4 May 2016)[6]
First Testv.  England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 10–13 January 1930
Last Testv.  India at Rose Bowl, Southampton; 18–23 June 2021
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total[7] 449 107/175
(167 draws)
This year[8] 4 3/0 (1 draw)
World Test Championship appearances1 (first in 2019–21)
Best resultChampions (2019–21)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv.  Pakistan at Lancaster Park, Christchurch; 11 February 1973
Last ODIv.  Bangladesh at Basin Reserve, Wellington; 26 March 2021
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[9] 775 354/374
(7 ties, 40 no result)
This year[10] 3 3/0
(0 ties, 0 no result)
World Cup appearances12 (first in 1975)
Best resultRunners-up (2015, 2019)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv.  Australia at Eden Park, Auckland; 17 February 2005
Last T20Iv.  Bangladesh at Eden Park, Auckland; 1 April 2021
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[11] 145 71/62
(8 ties, 4 no results)
This year[12] 8 6/2
(0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances6 (first in 2007)
Best resultSemi-finals (2007 and 2016)

Test kit

ODI kit

T20I kit

As of 23 June 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.[14] 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.[15] The team is ranked 1st in Tests, 1st in ODIs and 3rd in T20Is by the ICC.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18][19][20][21]

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.


Beginnings of cricket in New Zealand

The reverend Henry Williams provided history with the first report of a game of cricket in New Zealand, when he wrote in his diary in December 1832 about boys in and around Paihia on Horotutu Beach playing cricket. In 1835, Charles Darwin and HMS Beagle called into the Bay of Islands on its epic circumnavigation of the Earth and Darwin witnessed a game of cricket played by freed Māori slaves and the son of a missionary at Waimate North. Darwin in The Voyage of the Beagle wrote:[22]

several young men redeemed by the missionaires from slavery were employed on the farm. In the evening I saw a party of them at cricket.

The first recorded game of cricket in New Zealand took place in Wellington in December 1842. The Wellington Spectator reports a game on 28 December 1842 played by a "Red" team and a "Blue" team from the Wellington Club. The first fully recorded match was reported by the Examiner in Nelson between the Surveyors and Nelson in March 1844.

The first team to tour New Zealand was Parr's all England XI in 1863–64. Between 1864 and 1914, 22 foreign teams toured New Zealand. England sent 6 teams, Australia 15 and one from Fiji.

First national team

On 15–17 February 1894 the first team representing New Zealand played New South Wales at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. New South Wales won by 160 runs. New South Wales returned again in 1895–96 and New Zealand won the solitary game by 142 runs, its first victory. The New Zealand Cricket Council was formed towards the end of 1894.

New Zealand played its first two internationals (not Tests) in 1904–05 against a star-studded Australia team containing such players as Victor Trumper, Warwick Armstrong and Clem Hill. Rain saved New Zealand from a thrashing in the first match, but not the second, which New Zealand lost by an innings and 358 runs – currently the second largest defeat in New Zealand first-class history.

Inter-war period

In 1927 NZ toured England. They played 26 first-class matches, mostly against county sides. They won seven matches, including those against Worcestershire, Glamorgan, Somerset and Derbyshire. On the strength of the performances of this tour New Zealand was granted Test status.

In 1929/30 the M.C.C toured NZ and played 4 Tests all of 3 days in duration. New Zealand lost its first Test match but drew the next 3. In the second Test Stewie Dempster and Jackie Mills put on 276 for the first wicket. This is still the highest partnership for New Zealand against England. New Zealand first played South Africa in 1931–32 in a three match series but were unable to secure Test matches against any teams other than England before World War II ended all Test cricket for 7 years. A Test tour by Australia, planned for February and March 1940, was cancelled after the outbreak of the war.[23][24][25]

After World War II

New Zealand's first Test after the war was against Australia in 1945/46. This game was not considered a "Test" at the time but it was granted Test status retrospectively by the International Cricket Council in March 1948. The New Zealand players who appeared in this match probably did not appreciate this move by the ICC as New Zealand were dismissed for 42 and 54. The New Zealand Cricket Council's unwillingness to pay Australian players a decent allowance to tour New Zealand ensured that this was the only Test Australia played against New Zealand between 1929 and 1972.

In 1949 New Zealand sent one of its best ever sides to England. It contained Bert Sutcliffe, Martin Donnelly, John R. Reid and Jack Cowie. However, 3-day Test matches ensured that all 4 Tests were drawn. Many have regarded the 1949 tour of England among New Zealand's best ever touring performances. All four tests were high-scoring despite being draws and Martin Donnelly's 206 at Lord's hailed as one of the finest innings ever seen there.[26] Despite being winless, New Zealand did not lose a test either. Prior to this, only the legendary 1948 Australian team, led by the great Don Bradman, had achieved this.

New Zealand played its first matches against the West Indies in 1951–52, and Pakistan and India in 1955/56.

In 1954/55 New Zealand recorded the lowest ever innings total, 26 against England. The following season New Zealand achieved its first Test victory. The first 3 Tests of a 4 Test series were won easily by the West Indies but New Zealand won the fourth to notch up its first Test victory. It had taken them 45 matches and 26 years to attain.

9, 10, 12, 13 March 1956
255 all out (166.5 overs)
John R. Reid 84
Tom Dewdney 5/21 (19.5 overs)
145 all out (78.3 overs)
Hammond Furlonge 64
Harry Cave 4/22 (27.3 overs)
157 all out (80 overs)
Sammy Guillen 41
Denis Atkinson 7/53 (40 overs)
77 all out (45.1 overs)
Everton Weekes 31
Harry Cave 4/21 (13.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 190 runs
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Clyde Harris (NZL) and Terry Pearce (NZL)
  • New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat

In the next 20 years New Zealand won only seven more Tests. For most of this period New Zealand lacked a class bowler to lead their attack although they had two excellent batsmen in Bert Sutcliffe and Glenn Turner and a great all-rounder in John R. Reid.

Reid captained New Zealand on a tour to South Africa in 1961–62 where the five test series was drawn 2–2. The victories in the third and fifth tests were the first overseas victories New Zealand achieved. Reid scored 1,915 runs in the tour, setting a record for the most runs scored by a touring batsman of South Africa as a result.[27]

New Zealand won their first test series in their three match 1969/70 tour of Pakistan 1–0.[28] This was the first ever series win by New Zealand after almost 40 years and 30 consecutive winless series.[29]

1970 to 2000

Scoreboard - Basin ReserveFebruary 1978. NZ's first win over England

In 1973 Richard Hadlee debuted and the rate at which New Zealand won Tests picked up dramatically. Hadlee was one of the best pace bowlers of his generation, playing 86 Tests for New Zealand, before he retired in 1990. Of the 86 Tests that Hadlee played in New Zealand won 22 and lost 28. In 1977/78 New Zealand won its first Test against England, at the 48th attempt. Hadlee took 10 wickets in the match.

During the 1980s New Zealand also had the services of one of its best ever batsman, Martin Crowe and a number of good players such as John Wright, Bruce Edgar, John F. Reid, Andrew Jones, Geoff Howarth, Jeremy Coney, Ian Smith, John Bracewell, Lance Cairns, Stephen Boock, and Ewen Chatfield, who were capable of playing the occasional match winning performance and consistently making a valuable contribution to a Test match.

The best example of New Zealand's two star players (R. Hadlee and M. Crowe) putting in match winning performances and other players making good contributions is New Zealand versus Australia, 1985 at Brisbane. In Australia's first innings Hadlee took 9–52. In New Zealand's only turn at bat, M Crowe scored 188 and John F. Reid 108. Edgar, Wright, Coney, Jeff Crowe, V. Brown, and Hadlee scored between 17 and 54*. In Australia's second innings, Hadlee took 6–71 and Chatfield 3–75. New Zealand won by an innings and 41 runs.

8–12 November 1985
179 (76.4 overs)
Kepler Wessels 70 (186)
Richard Hadlee 9/52 (23.4 overs)
553/7d (161 overs)
Martin Crowe 188 (328)
Greg Matthews 3/110 (31 overs)
333 (116.5 overs
Allan Border 152* (301)
Richard Hadlee 6/71 (28.5 overs)
New Zealand won by an innings and 41 runs
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Tony Crafter (Aus) and Dick French (Aus)
Player of the match: Richard Hadlee (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

One-day cricket also gave New Zealand a chance to compete more regularly than Test cricket with the better sides in world cricket. In one-day cricket a batsman does not need to score centuries to win games for his side and bowlers do not need to bowl the opposition out. One-day games can be won by one batsman getting a 50, a few others getting 30s, bowlers bowling economically and everyone fielding well. These were requirements New Zealand players could consistently meet and thus developed a good one-day record against all sides.

Perhaps New Zealand's most infamous one-day match was the "under arm" match against Australia at the MCG in 1981. Requiring six runs to tie the match off the final ball, Australian captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to "bowl" the ball underarm along the wicket to prevent New Zealand batsman Brian McKechnie from hitting a six. The Australian umpires ruled the move as legal even though to this day many believe it was one of the most unsporting decisions made in cricket.

When New Zealand next played in the tri-series in Australia in 1983, Lance Cairns became a cult hero for his one-day batting. In one match against Australia, he hit six sixes at the MCG, one of the world's largest grounds. Few fans remember that New Zealand lost this game by 149 runs. However, Lance's greatest contribution to New Zealand cricket was his son Chris Cairns.

Chris Cairns made his debut one year before Hadlee retired in 1990. Cairns, one of New Zealand's best all-rounders, led the 1990s bowling attack with Danny Morrison. Stephen Fleming, New Zealand's most prolific scorer, led the batting and the team into the 21st century. Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan also scored plenty of runs for New Zealand, but both retired earlier than expected.

Daniel Vettori made his debut as an 18-year-old in 1997, and when he took over from Fleming as captain in 2007 he was regarded as the best spinning all-rounder in world cricket. On 26 August 2009, Daniel Vettori became the eighth player and second left-arm bowler (after Chaminda Vaas) in history to take 300 wickets and score 3000 test runs, joining the illustrious club. Vettori decided to take an indefinite break from international short form cricket in 2011 but continued to represent New Zealand in Test cricket and returned for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

On 4 April 1996, New Zealand achieved a unique world record, where the whole team was adjudged Man of the Match for team performance against 4 run victory over the West Indies. This is recorded as the only time where whole team achieved such an award.[30][31][32]

3 April 1996
New Zealand 
158 (35.5 overs)
 West Indies
154 (49.1 overs)
Craig Spearman 41 (39)
Laurie Williams 3/16 (4.5 overs)
Roland Holder 49* (86)
Chris Cairns 2/17 (5.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 runs
Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana
Umpires: Clyde Duncan (WI) and Eddie Nicholls (WI)
Player of the match: New Zealand
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to field.

21st century

The Black Caps logo.

New Zealand started the new millennium by winning the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya to claim their first ICC tournament. They started with a 64-run win over Zimbabwe then proceeded to beat Pakistan by 4 wickets in the semi-final. In the final against India, Chris Cairns scored an unbeaten 102 in New Zealand's run chase helping them win the tournament.

15 October 2000
264/6 (50 overs)
 New Zealand
265/6 (49.4 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 117 (130)
Scott Styris 2/53 (10 overs)
Chris Cairns 102* (113)
Venkatesh Prasad 3/27 (7 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi  Kenya
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and David Shepherd (Eng)
Player of the match: Chris Cairns (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • New Zealand won the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy.

Shane Bond played 17 Tests for NZ between 2001 and 2007 but missed far more through injury. When fit, he added a dimension to the NZ bowling attack that had been missing since Hadlee retired.

The New Zealand team celebrating a dismissal in 2009

The rise of the financial power of the BCCI had an immense effect on NZ cricket and its players. The BCCI managed to convince other boards not to pick players who had joined the rival Twenty-20 Indian Cricket League. NZ Cricket lost the services of Shane Bond, Lou Vincent, Andre Adams, Hamish Marshall and Daryl Tuffey. The money to be made from Twenty-20 cricket in India may have also induced players, such as Craig McMillan and Scott Styris (from Test cricket) to retire earlier than they would have otherwise. After the demise of the Indian Cricket League Bond and Tuffey again played for New Zealand.

Vettori stood down as Test captain in 2011 leading to star batsman Ross Taylor to take his place. Taylor led New Zealand for a year which included a thrilling win in a low scoring Test match against Australia in Hobart, their first win over Australia since 1993. In 2012/13 Brendon McCullum became captain and new players such as Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham emerged as world-class performers. McCullum captained New Zealand to series wins against the West Indies and India in 2013/14 and both Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2014/15 increasing New Zealand's rankings in both Test and ODI formats. In the series against India McCullum scored 302 at Wellington to become New Zealand's first Test triple centurion.

In early 2015 New Zealand made the final of the Cricket World Cup, going through the tournament undefeated until the final, where they lost to Australia by seven wickets.[33]

In 2015 the New Zealand national cricket team played under the name of Aotearoa for their first match against Zimbabwe to celebrate Māori Language Week.[34]

In mid-2015 New Zealand toured England,[35] performing well, drawing the Test series 1–1, and losing the One Day series, 2–3.

From October to November 2015, and in February 2016, New Zealand played Australia in two Test Series, in three and two games a piece

With a changing of an era in the Australian team, New Zealand was rated as a chance of winning especially in New Zealand. New Zealand lost both series by 2-0[36]

International grounds

Locations of all stadiums which have hosted an international cricket match within New Zealand since 2018

Current squad

This is a list of every player to have played for New Zealand since 24 January 2020 and the formats they have played in that period. BJ Watling has played Test cricket for the national side in that period, but has since announced his retirement. Players in bold have a contract for the 2021/22 season.[37]

Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic Team Formats Shirt Notes
Finn Allen22Right HandedRight Arm Off SpinWellingtonT20I16
Tom Bruce29Right HandedRight Arm Off SpinCentral DistrictsT20I76
Mark Chapman27Left HandedSlow Left Arm OrthodoxAucklandODI, T20I80
Martin Guptill34Right HandedRight Arm Off SpinAucklandODI, T20I31
Colin Munro34Left HandedRight Arm MediumAucklandT20I82
Henry Nicholls29Left HandedRight Arm Off SpinCanterburyTest, ODI86
Glenn Phillips24Right HandedRight Arm Off SpinAucklandT20I23
Ross Taylor37Right HandedRight Arm Off SpinCentral DistrictsTest, ODI, T20I3
Kane Williamson30Right HandedRight Arm Off SpinNorthern DistrictsTest, ODI, T20I22Captain
Will Young28Right HandedRight Arm Off SpinCentral DistrictsTest, ODI, T20I32
Wicket Keeper Batsmen
Tom Blundell30Right HandedRight Arm Off SpinWellingtonTest, ODI66
Devon Conway30Left HandedRight Arm MediumWellingtonTest, ODI, T20I88
Tom Latham29Left HandedRight Arm MediumCanterburyTest, ODI48Test, ODI Vice Captain
Tim Seifert26Right HandedNorthern DistrictsT20I43
All Rounders
Todd Astle34Right HandedRight Arm Leg SpinCanterburyT20I60
Colin de Grandhomme35Right HandedRight Arm Fast MediumNorthern DistrictsTest, ODI, T20I77
Kyle Jamieson26Right HandedRight Arm Fast MediumAucklandTest, ODI, T20I12
Scott Kuggeleijn29Right HandedRight Arm Fast MediumNorthern DistrictsT20I68
Daryl Mitchell30Right HandedRight Arm MediumCanterbruryTest, ODI, T20I75
James Neesham30Left HandedRight Arm Fast MediumWellingtonODI, T20I50
Mitchell Santner29Left HandedSlow Left Arm OrthodoxNorthern DistrictsTest, ODI, T20I74
Pace Bowlers
Hamish Bennett34Left HandedRight Arm Fast MediumWellingtonODI, T20I33
Trent Boult32Right HandedLeft Arm Fast MediumNorthern DistrictsTest, ODI, T20I18
Jacob Duffy26Right HandedRight Arm Fast MediumOtagoT20I27
Lockie Ferguson30Right HandedRight Arm FastAucklandODI, T20I87
Matt Henry29Right HandedRight Arm Fast MediumCanterburyTest, ODI21
Adam Milne29Right HandedRight Arm FastCentral DistrictsT20I20
Tim Southee32Right HandedRight Arm Fast MediumNorthern DistrictsTest, ODI, T20I38T20I Vice Captain
Blair Tickner27Right HandedRight Arm Fast MediumCentral DistrictsT20I13
Neil Wagner35Left HandedLeft Arm Fast MediumNorthern DistrictsTest10
Spin Bowlers
Ajaz Patel32Left HandedSlow Left Arm OrthodoxCentral DistrictsTest24
Ish Sodhi28Right HandedRight Arm Leg SpinNorthern DistrictsODI, T20I61

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Gary Stead
Batting Coach Luke Ronchi[38]
Bowling Coach Shane Jurgensen
Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Donaldson
Team's Manager Mike Sandle
Physiotherapist Tommy Simsek
Performance Analyst Paul Warren
Media Correspondent Willy Nicholls[39]

Team colours

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsor (chest) Sponsor (sleeves)
1980-1989 Adidas
1990 DB Draught
1992 ISC
1993-1994 Bank of New Zealand
1995-1996 DB Draught
1997 Bank of New Zealand
1998 Canterbury TelstraClear
1999 Asics
2000 WStar TelstraClear
2001-2005 National Bank of New Zealand TelstraClear
2009 Dheeraj & East Coast
2010 Canterbury
2011-2014 Ford
2015-2016 ANZ
2017 ANZ

New Zealand's kit is manufactured by Canterbury of New Zealand, who replaced previous manufacturer WStar in 2009. When playing Test cricket, New Zealand's cricket whites feature logo of the sponsors Gillette on the left of the shirt, the ANZ logo on the left sleeve and on the middle of the shirt and the Canterbury logo on the right sleeve. New Zealand fielders may wear a black cap (in the style of a baseball cap rather than the baggy cap worn by some teams) or a white sun hat with the New Zealand Cricket logo in the middle. Helmets are also coloured black (although until 1996, they used to be white with the silver fern logo encased in a black circle).

In limited overs cricket, New Zealand's ODI and Twenty20 shirts feature the ANZ logo across the centre, with the silver fern badge on the left of the shirt, Canterbury logo on the right sleeve and the Ford logo on the right. In ODIs, the kit comprises a black shirt with blue accents and black trousers, whilst the Twenty20 kit comprises a beige shirt with black accents and black trousers. In ICC limited-overs tournaments, a modified kit design is used with sponsor's logos moving to the sleeve and 'NEW ZEALAND' printed across the front.

In ODI, New Zealand wore Beige and brown between 1980 World Series Cricket and 1988 World Series Cricket. The 1983–1984 version was made popular by the Black Caps supporter group Beige Brigade, who sells the version of this uniform to the general public together with a "moral contract" which explains the expectations that come with being a Beige Brigadier. and was also worn in the inaugural Twenty20 international between New Zealand and Australia. Between 1991 and 1997 grey or silver (with some splashes of black or white) was worn instead. Until 2000, the ODI uniform was teal with black accents.

Previous suppliers were Adidas (World Series Cricket 1980–1990), ISC (World Cup World Cup 1992 and 1996, World Series 1993–97) Canterbury (1998–1999), Asics (who supplied all the 1999 Cricket World Cup participating teams) and WStar (2000–2009).

Previous sponsors were DB Draught (1990–1994 in the front, 1995–1997 in the sleeve), Bank of New Zealand (1993–94 and 1997–99 in the front), Clear Communications, later TelstraClear (1997–2000 in the front, 2001–2005 in the sleeve), National Bank of New Zealand (2000–2014) and Dheeraj and East Coast (2009–2010),[40] since 2014 ANZ is the current sponsor, due to National Bank's rebranding as ANZ. Amul became the new sponsor in May 2017 for the ICC CT17.[41]

Trophy/Cup records

ICC Cricket World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup record
Host(s) & Year I Round (Group/League/Pool) II Round (QF/S6/S8) Semi-finals Final Position
1975 2/4321004Top two teams in each groupLost to by 5 wicketsDid not qualify4/8
19792/4321008Lost to by 9 runs3/8
& 19833/4633006progressed to the semi-finalsDid not qualify5/8
& 19873/46240086/8
& 19921/98710014Top four teams progressed to the semi-finalsLost to by 4 wicketsDid not qualify3/9
, & 19963/6532006Lost to by 6 wicketsDid not qualify7/12
, , , & 19993/65320064/63110/125Lost to by 9 wicketsDid not qualify4/16
, & 20033/764200165/6312048Did not qualify5/14
20071/43300063/86420210Lost to by 81 runsDid not qualify3/16
, & 20114/7642008Beat by 49 runsLost to by 5 wickets4/14
& 20151/66600012Beat by 143 runsBeat by 4 wicketsLost to by 7 wickets2/14
& 20194/109530111Top four teams progressed to the semi-finalsBeat by 18 runsLost to on boundaries2/10
As of 15 July 2019

ICC Champions Trophy (ICC KnockOut)

ICC KnockOut Trophy record
Host(s) & Year Pre-Quarter finals Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final Position
1998Beat by 5 wicketsLost to by 5 wicketsDid not qualify7/9
2000ByeBeat by 64 runsBeat by 4 wicketsBeat by 4 wickets1/11
ICC Champions Trophy record
Host(s) & Year Group stage Semi-finals Final Position
20022/3211000.0302Did not qualify8/12
20062/4321000.5724Lost to by 34 runsDid not qualify4/10
20091/4321000.7824Beat by 5 wicketsLost to by 6 wickets2/8
20133/4311010.7773Did not qualify5/8

ICC T20 World Cup

ICC T20 World Cup record
Host(s) & Year Group stage Super 8/10/12 stage Semi-finals Final Position
20072/32110002 2/43210004Lost to by 6 wicketsDid not qualify4/16
20092/321100023/43120002Did not qualify5/12
2014Automatically progressed3/542200046/16
2016to the Super 10s stage1/54400008Lost to by 7 wicketsDid not qualify3/16
2021Automatically progressed to the Super 12s stage
As of August, 2020

ICC World Test Championship

ICC World Test Championship record
Year League stage Final Position
PosSeriesMatchesPCPCTRpW RatioPts
2019-212/9531111740060070.0%1.281420Beat by 8 wickets1/9

Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games record
Host(s) & Year Group stage Semi-finals Medal round Position
PosPWLTN/RNRRPts Bronze medal matchGold medal match
19981/4330001.7996Lost to 9 wicketsBeat by 51 runsDid not qualify3/16

Austral-Asia Cup

  • 1986: Semi-finals
  • 1990: Semi-finals
  • 1994: Semi-finals

Result summary

Test matches

Opposition Span Series Matches
 South Africa1932-20171601330.0081.2518.7520.00454251600.168.8855.5535.55
 Sri Lanka1983-2019177461.7541.1723.5235.29361691101.7744.4425.0030.55
 West Indies1952-2020188641.3344.4433.3322.224917131901.3034.6926.5338.77
Last updated: 23 June 2021 Source:ESPNCricInfo

ODI matches

Opposition Span Series Matches
East Africa1975-197501100000100.00
 South Africa1992-2019102800.2020.0080.000.00712541000537.87
 Sri Lanka1979-2019158342.6653.3320.0026.66994941100854.39
 United States2004-200401100000100.00
 West Indies1975-2019114610.6636.3654.549.09652830000748.27
Last updated: 26 March 2021. Source:ESPNCricInfo

* Only bilateral series wherein a minimum of 2 matches were played have been included here. One-off matches are not credited as a bilateral series.

* "Tie+W" and "Tie+L" indicates matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over").

* The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

* Forfeited matches are not included.

T20I matches

Opposition Span Series Matches
 South Africa2005-201730210.000.0066.6633.331541100026.66
 Sri Lanka2006-201963123.0050.0016.6633.331910701158.33
 West Indies2006-202063123.0050.0016.6633.33168312167.85
Last updated: 1 April 2021. Source:ESPNCricInfo

* Only bilateral series wherein a minimum of 2 matches were played have been included here. One-off matches are not credited as a bilateral series.

* "Tie+W" and "Tie+L" indicates matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over")

* The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.


World records


  • New Zealand dismissed Zimbabwe (Harare 2005) twice in the same day for totals of 59 and 99. Zimbabwe became only the second team (after India at Manchester in 1952) to be dismissed twice in the same day. The whole Test was completed inside two days.[51] This feat was then repeated at Napier in 2012 when NZ dismissed Zimbabwe for 51 and 143 to end the match within three days.[52]
  • Kane Williamson holds the record for most centuries by a New Zealander in Tests, with 24.
  • Brendon McCullum holds the record for the highest Test innings by a New Zealander of 302 (vs India in 2014). He is currently the only triple centurion from New Zealand.
  • Brendon McCullum holds the New Zealand Test record for the most innings of 200 or more, with 4.
  • Brendon McCullum scored the fastest World Cup fifty (off 18 balls) for New Zealand in a Pool A Match of 2015 Cricket World Cup against England, beating his own 20-ball record set against Canada in World Cup (2007) earlier.
  • Martin Guptill holds the record for the highest One Day International innings by a New Zealander, with 237 not out against West Indies in the 2015 World Cup Quarter-final in Wellington.[53]
  • Shane Bond took an ODI hat-trick in the last over (innings bowling figures: 10–0–61–4) vs Australia at Hobart in January 2007.[54]
  • Tim Southee took a Twenty20 hat-trick, taking 5–18 in the match against Pakistan.
  • Colin Munro scored the second fastest T20 International 50, off 14 balls, against Sri Lanka at Eden Park, Auckland on 10 January 2016.
  • Chris Harris, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills and Chris Cairns are the only New Zealand cricketers to have taken 200 wickets in ODIs.
  • Chris Harris and Chris Cairns are the only two New Zealand cricketers to complete the 4000 run / 200 wicket double in ODIs. The others are Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya, South African Jacques Kallis, Pakistani's Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan).[55]

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