How many times have we heard or felt in recent years that the New Zealand cricket team is playing great on a consistent basis. After a long time indeed, the Kiwi national team looks like a fully gelled squad with the players working as a perfect unit.
In young Kane Williamson, the Kiwis have found one of the most reliable figures since the likes of Crow signed off. Jimmy Neesham has been proving time and time again why is he so damn good, and his exclusion from the 15 man kiwi World Cup squad comes as a massive surprise. Mark Henry is a an exciting young talent too, and he too has missed out at the World Cup squad.
Why is the New Zealand team so lethal and dangerous all of a sudden? Just some months back, nobody would have predicted them to have any chance whatsoever in the ICC World Cup 2015, but now they are being regarded as the Dark Horses? It seems that the entire team has been working incredibly as one unit with all players playing their roles consistently.
Before the start of the home test series against Sri Lanka, nobody what have predicted the visitors to get dominated like the way they did. Shockingly, the Kiwis whitewashed the Sri Lankans 2-0 in emphatic fashion. It is a direct statement to all big guns out there in the World Cup to beware of this dangerous looking Kiwi side. Its just like the old times when the New Zealand side looked perfectly balanced with the likes of Chris Carins, Craig McMillan, Stephen Fleming and Shane Bond.
Kane Williamson as usual led from the front against the Lankans scoring 396 runs which included a century and two fifties. Trent Boult Is arguably the best fast bowler New Zealand have had after Shane Bond. Boult, with his exceptional swinging ability destroyed the Sri Lankan batting with 11 wickets in two matches.
His partner Tim Southee, who hasn’t been as deadly as he was in the early stages of his career, was pretty decent too, picking up 8 wickets In the series. Wicket keeper batsmen BJ Watling was more of an unsung hero as he made 179 runs with the bat and took 11 catches behind the stumps. Brendon McCullum scored 217 runs in the series which included an enormous 195 runs of 135 at the Hagley Oval.
Jimmy Neesham has proved once again what an important asset he is for the Kiwi side with both the bat and the ball. Neesham got 119 runs which included a half century, and picked up an impressive 6 wickets in the test series.
The stats show how big a team effort the series win against Sri Lanka was, and how important it is for a young team to gel together in order to perform well at the top level. The Kiwis are looking threatening heading into next month’s World Cup.