Are New Zealand Underdogs?

New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham

New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham

"One of them was pavilion duty where you got to clean the windows and take the mail around, there was selling scorecards and a wee bit of scorebox duty which was pretty cool so it's a great experience in coming back here at anytime".

Hoping the Black Caps can go one better than the last World Cup when they fell short to Australia in the final, Vettori credited captain Kane Williamson for instilling a culture of adaptability.

"I don't know who is the underdog here".

In contrast, New Zealand played in the final of the 2015 edition.

"We are quite keen on winning as well. We'd all like to be contenders going into every World Cup and not just an afterthought, as we probably have been before". "What we have to do is to be able to adapt to conditions in front of us".

"Working out that 240 is a good score is the strength of the guys have, especially the middle order".

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Morgan's men will be looking to emulate the England women's team, who won the World Cup on the same ground two years ago.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult. "We didn't make any but just adapted to the conditions".

Jolted by that result, England tapped into a do-or-die mentality - confidently beating both the Black Caps and India to seal their knockout place, then exacting revenge against their Ashes rivals with a resounding semi-final win at Edgbaston. Stead thought that there will be more pressure on England.

"The ability to understand conditions is, more than anything else, what sets this New Zealand team apart".

He was called up as replacement at the semi-finals stage of the 2015 World Cup in Australia at the age of 23 and went on to feature in the final, at the MCG, against the hosts, taking 2/46 though ending up on the losing side. "We just turn up and try to get better everyday". That's all you can ask of everyone. England rightly deserve to be favourites. You've played the way you said you would, you've done the things you've said you would down in Glamorgan, now you have to go and finish it off'.

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