New Zealand are on a roll at the moment. They have won the inaugural World Test Championship against India already this year and were cruelly beaten by England in the 50 over World Cup final in 2019. But when it comes to the T20 World Cup, do Kane’s men have enough?
Their performance in ICC World Cups has always been consistent. Seldom do you see the Kiwis bow out before the finals. The ICC T20 World Cup shouldn’t be any different, and many fans are predicting that the Black Caps will finally go all the way in a one-day format championship. Here we take a closer look at their fixtures, the best players in the New Zealand T20 World Cup squad, and how to watch all their games live.
What’s in this Guide?
New Zealand T20 World Cup preview
The Kiwis will start their tournament against Pakistan on October 26, before facing India on October 31. This may be a tough start to the competition, but it will certainly give us a good idea about how deep they can go. After the first two games, they will face the winner of group A and group B runner-up (both TBC), before locking horns with Afghanistan on November 7.
The Black Caps’ T20 squad will rely heavily on their bowling department to dominate games and choke the opposition. Their attack includes the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Devon Conway, who have all been plying their trade in some of the best T20 domestic tournaments around the world.
The New Zealand team also has world-class batters. But, T20 is a power game, and they might be a little short on big hitters. They will be relying on Guptill, Neesham, and Seifert for some fireworks, even though these batsmen take a little while to settle in at the crease. However, compared with other teams in the World Cup, brutal boundary hitters are few and far between.
NZ T20 World Cup fixtures
Check out all of New Zealand’s upcoming T20 World Cup fixtures here. Once the group games are over, all finals fixtures will be added to the table below.
|Pakistan vs New Zealand||October 26||Foxtel / Kayo|
|India vs New Zealand||October 31||Foxtel / Kayo|
|New Zealand vs B1||November 3||Foxtel / Kayo|
|New Zealand vs A2||November 5||Foxtel / Kayo|
|New Zealand vs Afghanistan||November 3||Foxtel / Kayo|
Which providers will show New Zealand T20 World Cup matches?
You can watch and stream the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 exclusively in Australia via Fox Cricket (Fox Sports). Fox Cricket can be accessed with a limited number of sports streaming providers. Check them out here.
|Provider||T20 World Cup|
|Foxtel from Telstra||Yes|
How to watch T20 World Cup
If you enjoy live cricket action then Fox Cricket (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the channel for you, televising every World Cup game Live and On Demand in HD. There are several options for watching and streaming games at home or with a mobile device. You can even check these providers out for free.
Stream NZ games with Kayo Sports
You can watch NZ in this international T20 tournament with Kayo Sports, which has a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo free trial, you will have access to these same World Cup broadcasts as Fox Cricket so you can stream all Kiwi games live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo Sports doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.
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Watch NZ T20 games with Foxtel
Fox Cricket can be accessed via Foxtel and Foxtel Now. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more.
You also have the option to watch the NZ T20 cricket online using Foxtel Now, which currently comes with a 10 day free trial. This option also includes the ability to stream World Cup games using the Foxtel Go app. Fox Cricket comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month) which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your free trial.
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NZ T20 squad
The Kiwis have some really strong players to choose from for the upcoming World Cup tournament. Although the official squad hasn’t been announced, here is a taster of the players who are up for inclusion.
World Cup squad: Kane Williamson (c), Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Daryl Mitchell.
Black Caps strengths
The Kiwis clearly have a lot more strengths than weaknesses on the cricket field. They never seem to get flustered in big moments and play the game like a group of players who just love their sport. Let’s look at a few more reasons why many see them as World Cup winners in waiting.
Outstanding in the field
New Zealand and swift fielding are synonymous. In every World Cup, the Black Caps save at least 15 to 20 runs per match due to exceptional fielding. All other teams look up to them in the area, and model their own fielding skills on New Zealand’s efficient methods! This X-factor of the New Zealand World Cup squad gives them a real edge.
Ice cool Kane
Skipper Kane Williamson is one of the best New Zealand cricket players in all formats of the game. He is a master tactician and knows how to make bold decisions in crucial moments. As well as his captaincy, there is no doubting about the batting and fielding prowess.
A fighting spirit
New Zealand cricket is prominent for its never-say-die attitude. They have played hard in every international T20 tournament to date, and their performance in all conditions is commendable. With Neesham, Williamson, Boult, and Southee, the Kiwis have individuals who never stop fighting for victory.
Black Caps weaknesses
No team is perfect, and the T20 game is full of unpredictability. Like every team, the Kiwis have weaknesses that teams like India and Pakistan can target in the group stage.
Susceptible to spin
Apart from the likes of Kane Williamson and Devon Conway, other Kiwi batters can falter against quality spin bowling. With 3 Asian teams in the group and games taking place in the UAE, the Kiwis will have to get used to the ball turning at right angles!
Inconsistent T20 performances
The Black Caps T20 squad has the same set of players that play the ODIs, but the difference in success in both formats it’s noticeable. When they play 50 overs, they win those closely fought battles. History suggests they struggle when it comes down to 20 overs.
How far can the Kiwis go?
Balance has always been a strong point of the Black Caps. This time, the Kiwis are riding high on their WTC victory. Still, the T20 format is nothing close to test-match cricket.
With capable all-rounders and a smart captain, the New Zealand team will probably reach the semi-finals, yet again. After that, it will be a tougher contest altogether.
Other T20 World Cup teams
The upcoming ICC World Cup is about much more than one team. Check out our other dedicated team pages here.
Streaming devices for watching cricket
Here is a comprehensive list of devices for streaming cricket games on your home TV or mobile.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)