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Famous cricket players of New Zealand: Ross Taylor

by on March 23, 2011
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 Famous cricket players of New Zealand: Ross Taylor

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South Africa vs New Zealand: World Cup records

 South Africa vs New Zealand
  • The two teams have played 5 matches against each other in ICC Cricket World Cups.  South Africa has won two while New Zealand has managed to win 3 matches.
  • The two teams first met in 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup Group match in which South African team were restricted to 190 runs in 50 overs.  New Zealand easily won that match by 7 wickets.
  • In world cup matches of 1996 and 1999, South Africa won matches against New Zealand cricket team convincingly due to their superior bowling and batting. But since 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, Kiwis have been on the upper hand.
  • Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa and Stephen Fleming of New Zealand scored centuries in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup Super-Eight match, the match was eventually won by New Zealand.
  • There haven’t been any notable bowling performances by both sides. This is more evident from the fact that neither of the two teams have been bowled out by each other in world cup matches.
  • AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Robin Peterson and Scott Styris are the veteran players from 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
  • Although both these teams have performed well in world cup cricket tournaments, none of them has ever won a Cricket World cup so far. 

In general, it is perceived that South Africa is a better cricket team than New Zealand. There is one problem with the South African team which they have never been able to over come. In the knock out stages of world cup, they suddenly choke, and loose some match which by no means is difficult for them to win. Their batting collapses suddenly and they cannot turn the table again. New Zealand scored only 221. South Africa had a strong batting unit. Still, they collapsed and were all out for 172 runs in total. New Zealand won by 49 runs and marched into the semi final.

Quarter final Analysis: South Africa vs New Zealand cricket teams in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

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Famous cricket players of New Zealand: Nathan McCullum

by on February 25, 2011
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Famous cricket player of New Zealand- Brendon McCullum

by on February 19, 2011
in New Zealand, Profiles

Famous cricket player of New Zealand- Brendon McCullum

A flamboyant right hander, known for his explosive hard hitting and ground strokes, Brendon McCullum was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1981. He is an aggressive batsman who also keeps wickets for the Kiwis in the ODI format and is an integral part of the New Zealand cricket team squad.

Having made his ODI debut against Australian cricket team back in 2002, ‘Baz’ as he is nicknamed, Brendon McCullum, has never justified his true batting potential primarily because of his extremely aggressive approach to the game. He likes to score his runs at a brisk pace and often in the process gives away his wicket for cheap. Having represented his side in 232 ODIs, has scored 5200 runs with 4 centuries and 26 fifties. McCullum’s most memorable inning was a 166 he scored against the Irish in 2008.

One of the highlights of his world cup would have to be the smashing 50 that he scored off 20 balls against the Canadians in St. Lucia in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. This to date stands as a world cup record and Brendon McCullum seems all set to break this record this time around in the 2015 ICC Championship. 

Although, other teams may not consider him a big threat, but one thing is for sure, Brendon McCullum is an explosive entity in the cricketing world and on his day, he can rip apart any bowling attack. If the kiwis are to perform well ,McCullum most definitely has to play out of his skin to help them win their first ever trophy in the event of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Highlights of player record:

  • He is the first and only batsman to score two centuries in T20 internationals along with scoring total runs of 2000. 
  • In 2007 cricket world cup, Brendon made a record for scoring 52 runs off 21 balls including 10 fours and 5 sixes. 
  • He also holds a record for scoring highest individual score in T20 match. He scored 158 runs off 73 balls including 13 sixes and 10 fours. 

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