The Blacks Caps hope to shed their tag as the World Cup’s nearly men and claim the title after making the semi-finals six times and the final once — in 2015 when they suffered a heavy loss to Australia.

While Kane Williamson has replaced Brendon McCullum as captain, the core of the team that powered New Zealand to the 2015 decider remains, although a recent strong run of form was marred somewhat by a 4-1 series loss to India in January.

World Cup 2019 squad