Team New Zealand
The first reports of cricket being played in New Zealand are from 1832 and the first recorded cricket match was held in 1842. But the first official match that New Zealand ever played was in 1930 when they played their first Test against England in 1930. But they had to wait until 1956 for their first ever Test victory which came against the West Indies. Their first series win arrived in 1970 against Pakistan.
They played Test cricket with limited success until the 1970s and 1980s when the arrival of players like Richard Hadlee and Martin Crowe spurred them to regular success.
Though never a poor team, New Zealand have always produced some great players but with limited success. Some of the biggest names in cricket to have emerged from New Zealand are Chris Cairns. Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond, Nathan Astle and Brendan McCullum.
The only ICC event that New Zealand has ever won is the 2000 Champions Trophy where Chris Cairns scored a century to beat India in the final. They reached the final of the 2015 ODI World Cup only to be beaten by Australia.
In 1996, New Zealand registered a unique record when they became the only team to be collectively awarded the Man of the Match award after a 4-run ODI victory over the West Indies.
Most Runs for New Zealand
Most Wickets for New Zealand
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ICC Champions Trophy: 2000
New Zealand International Cricket Players
Colin de Grandhomme
Brendon McCullumOpening batsman and wicketkeeper
Stephen FlemingTop-order batsman
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