SWOT Analysis – New Zealand

Strength

Weakness

Boult: Trent Boult is the highest wicket taking seamer since 2015 WC. Arguably the best swing bowler in the World. Right now Boult can provide inroads early on as shown in the Warmup match vs India.

Wiliamson and Taylor: Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have been remarkably consistent since the 2015 World Cup. Williamson is averaging 47.01 while Taylor is averaging a remarkable 68.85.

Ineffective Spinners: New Zealand spinners have picked up just 140 wickets since 2015 WC, 3rd lowest by a team since 2015.

 

 

 

 

Inconsistent Guptill. This year, out of the 10 innings, Guptill has scores below 30 runs in 7 innings. In the remaining 3 innings, he has a century.

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunities

Threats

Chance for emergence of new stars: The last World Cup saw the likes of Guptill and Boult to truly emerge as World class stars. This World Cup gives the chance to many players. Likes of Neesham, Munro, Nicholls, Ferguson and Sodhi to announce themselves to the global audience. Over Reliance on Williamson and Taylor: New Zealand’s batting has relied heavily on the experienced duo if they get out quickly the others have not stepped up consistently.

Southee Struggling: Tim Southee has struggled since World Cup 2015, the 30-year old is averaging an unimpressive 41.46 since the 2015 World Cup. The experienced bowler needs to find his rhythm again or else New Zealand’s bowling will rely heavily on Boult.

 

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