The New Zealand cricket team is also called the Black Caps and they started playing international cricket in 1930. They featured in their first ever Test match in 1930 and were the fifth behind Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies to play international cricket.
It's only in 1955 that New Zealand won their first Test match when they beat West Indies in Auckland. Later in 1972-72, New Zealand made their ODI cricket
Stephen Fleming has been the best captain ever to lead the New Zealand side, captaining them to 28 wins in Test match cricket. New Zealand Cricket or NZC is their cricket board and look after governance and administration of cricket in the country.
New Zealand’s record in World Cup cricket
hasn’t been very good, where they have perennially fallen short of getting to the final of the tournaments over the years. However, they are a dangerous side and have made life difficult for some of the other better sides, including the more recent knocking out of the favourites South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Their best performance in World Cup cricket have been semi-final finishes in 2011, 2007, 1999, 1992, 1979 and 1975. What will be definitely disappointing for most Kiwi fans will be the fact that they have got to the World Cup semi-finals six times out of the 10 editions played so far and yet, never reached the final.
New Zealand’s best performance in an ODI tournament came in 2000 when they beat India in the final of the Mini World Cup to win the tournament for the first time. They beat Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India on their way to winning the trophy.
Some of the greatest players to have played for New Zealand are Bert Sutcliffe, John Reid, Glenn Turner, Richard Hadlee, Martin Crowe, John Wright, Bruce Edgar, Andrew Jones, Geoff Howarth, Jeremy Coney, Ian Smith, John Bracewell, Lance Cairns, Stephen Boock, Ewen Chatfield, Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle and Jeff Crowe to go with some of the current cricketers like Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor.