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Episode 2388

New Zealand national cricket team
Thu, 2023-Nov-16 02:13 UTC
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With 328,767 views on Wednesday, 15 November 2023 our article of the day is New Zealand national cricket team.

The New Zealand national cricket team (Māori: tīmi kirikiti a-motu o Aotearoa) represents New Zealand in men's international cricket. Nicknamed the Black Caps (Māori: Pōtae Pango), 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 are the inaugural champions of WTC which they won in 2021 and they have also won ICC CT in 2000. They have played in the CWC final twice and the T20 WC final once.

Kane Williamson is the current captain of the team in ODIs and T20Is, Tim Southee is the current test captain as Kane Williamson stepped down as captain in December 2022. The national team is organized 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 21 September 2023, New Zealand have played 1472 international matches, out of which they have won 584, lost 654, tied 17 and drew 170 matches while 47 matches ended up as no result.

The team is ranked 5th in Tests, 6th in ODIs and 4th in T20Is by the ICC. As of 2022, the team has participated in all the 29 ICC Men's events taking place from 1975 onwards and have made six final appearances out of which they won two titles. In October 2000 they won the Knockout Trophy by defeating India which was their maiden ICC Title. They defeated South Africa to reach their maiden CWC Final in 2015. In the next edition they reached their second successive Final by defeating India. Then in June 2021 they won the inaugural WTC by defeating India and five months later they reached their maiden T20 WC Final by defeating England.

This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 02:13 UTC on Thursday, 16 November 2023.

For the full current version of the article, see New Zealand national cricket team on Wikipedia.

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