New Zealand have always been played wonderfully in the ICC Cricket World Cup and reached the semi-finals on four occasions, but luck didn’t favour Kiwis.

Their squad this time will be led by the Daniel Vettori. While Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum will lead the batting, Kyle Mills and Tim Southee will be expected to call the shots with the ball.

New Zealand’s undoubted, biggest strength is their clutch of utility cricketers.

Apart from the skipper and keeper Brendon McCullum, they also have Scott Styris, Jacob Oram and the younger McCullum, Nathan in their ranks.