Cricket is a popular national summer sport in New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the ten countries that take part in test match cricket.
Our national Cricket team are the Black Caps. Brendon McCullum is the current captain of the Black Caps.
The Black Caps play in a range of competitions including the World Cup, ICC Knockout & ICC Champions Trophy and the Twenty20 World Championship.
Follow the Black Caps on the offical Black Caps website: www.blackcaps.co.nz.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is the 11th Cricket World Cup, hosted by New Zealand and Australia. The opening ceremony and match was hosted by Christchurch in New Zealand.
Black Caps Captain
In December 2012, Brendon McCullum - an aggressive batsman and wicket weekper - was named as Captain for the Black Caps. Known for his fast scoring rate, McCullum became the first New Zealand cricketer to score a triple hundred in Test cricket after scoring 302 runs against India in February 2014.
McCullum plays for the Otago Volts at provincial level, and for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
How Cricket is Played
Cricket is a game played with two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, with a rectangular 22-yard long pitch in the middle. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to knock out those batting and limit the number of runs scored by the batting team.
To score a run, the striking batsman must hit the ball with his bat, run to the opposite end of the pitch and touch the crease there without being knocked out.
At the end of an innings, the teams switch between batting and fielding.
Did you Know?
The Moa - a now extinct, native New Zealand bird - was one of the largest birds in history. The Moa stood up to 3.6 metres tall and weighed 300 kilograms!