New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was cleared of serious injury after taking a nasty crack to the forearm from Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson during a cricket World Cup Pool A encounter here Saturday.
New Zealand are in something of a groove after playing a lot of one-day cricket in recent months and will face England with an unchanged side in their third World Cup match, skipper Brendan McCullum said on Thursday.
Hosts New Zealand gave the cricket World Cup a cracking start with a scintillating batting show as they crushed last edition losing finalists Sri Lanka by 98 runs in the opening match of the showpiece event here on Saturday.
The World Cup's highest run-scorer Sachin Tendulkar (2,278 runs) and highest wicket-taker Glenn McGrath (71 wickets) may have retired from the game but the 11th edition features several batsmen and bowlers who can light up cricket's showpiece event. Following is a list of 11 cricketers who are sure to get the temperature soaring with their performance.
Once again New Zealand showed their rise in class and supremacy after punishing Pakistan in the second and final ODI of the two-match series in Napier on Tuesday. New Zealand rode their way through star sensation Kane Williamson and senior player Ross Taylor as the duo helped the team to post a mammoth total of 369/5 in 50 overs.
Kane Williamson continued his golden run of form with his sixth one day international century as New Zealand posted an imposing 369 for five in their second match against Pakistan at McLean Park in Napier on Tuesday.
New Zealand star sensation Kane Williamson's success with the bat has been monumental and most of it all it has elevated the 24-year-old to a higher level in modern day cricket. Williamson scored 97 in the fifth ODI match against Sri Lanka to help New Zealand pocket the game and the series.
Former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming Friday tipped joint hosts Australia and New Zealand to reach the final of the forthcoming 2015 World Cup, also identifying South Africa and the West Indies as the dark horses of the tournament.
Kane Williamson`s absence for possibly the next three matches against Sri Lanka could be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand, with the batting order given the opportunity to fine tune plans for the World Cup.