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The New Zealand cricket team, nicknamed the Black Caps, are the national cricket team representing New Zealand. They played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. From 1930 New Zealand had to wait until 1956, more than 26 years, for its first test victory, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

New Zealand
New Zealand Cricket Cap Insignia.svg
New Zealand silver fern cricket crest
Test status acquired 1930
Captain Kane Williamson
Coach Mike Hesson
ICC Rankings Current Best-ever
Test
ODI
T20I
6th
4th
1st
3rd
2nd
1st
Test Matches
First Test
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total 417 87/169
(161 draws)
This year 11 4/6 (1 draw)
Last Test
One-Day Internationals
First ODI
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total 712 314/354
(6 ties, 38 no result)
This year 16 8/7
(0 ties, 1 no result)
Last ODI
World Cup Appearances 11 (first in 1975)
Best result Runners-up (2015)
T20 Internationals
First T20I
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total 93 46/40
(5 ties, 2 no result)
This year 10 8/2
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Last T20I
World Twenty20 Appearances 6 (first in 2007)
Best result Semi-finals (2007, 2016)
As of 6 December 2016

The New Zealand cricket team, nicknamed the Black Caps, are the national cricket team representing New Zealand. They played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. From 1930 New Zealand had to wait until 1956, more than 26 years, for its first test victory, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

The current Test, One-day and Twenty20 captain is Kane Williamson, who replaced Brendon McCullum who announced his retirement in late December, 2015. The national team is organised by New Zealand Cricket.

The New Zealand cricket team became known as the Black Caps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team. Official New Zealand Cricket sources typeset the nickname as BLACKCAPS. This is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

As of February 2016, New Zealand have played 417 Test matches, winning 87, losing 169 and drawing 161.

As of December 2016, the New Zealand cricket team is ranked 6th in Tests, 4th in ODIs and 1st in T20Is by the ICC. New Zealand reached the final match in the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in its history, after beating South Africa in the semi-final in 2015.

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