June 4, 2013
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Can the Black Caps make the final?
Having watched New Zealand struggle in England already this summer, then you would be excused for thinking that their one-day outfit will follow suit. You would be wrong to think this though. This is the form of the game where the Black Caps come to life.
You only have to look at their captain Brendon McCullum to realise the potential of this team. If there was a cricketer built for limited overs play, then the 31 year-old ultra-attacking batsman would be your man.
Ross Taylor knows English conditions well, and he will play a key role in marshalling the middle order. Taylor by nature is someone who bats positively, but he also has the ability to set up an innings for his team.
New Zealand also welcome back into their squad some key performers that were missing during the Test series. James Franklin and Grant Elliott are more than handy players in this format, who give New Zealand real depth in their batting order, and also some important overs with the ball.
However, the big bonus for New Zealand is that their greatest spinner of all time has shrugged off injury to make it into the squad. Left arm spinner Daniel Vettori is a class act, and has 282 one-day victims to his name. Even more importantly though is he always maintains a good economy rate.
New Zealand have been grouped with England, Sri Lanka, and Australia and know that on their day there is no reason why in this short tournament they can’t cause an upset and make the final, or even with it.