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Cricket World Cup 2019 | Underdogs Tag Suits New Zealand Well: James Franklin

Cricketnext Staff |May 30, 2019, 9:49 AM IST
Cricket World Cup 2019 | Underdogs Tag Suits New Zealand Well: James Franklin

With the 2019 cricket world cup commencing on Thursday, May 30 with the game between hosts England and South Africa, former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin spoke about his team saying being the perennial underdogs suits the ‘black caps’ perfectly.

"New Zealand are in a sweet spot. No-one's talking about us too much," said Franklin at the Opening Party on The Mall in London, on the eve of the first match.

"We're forever the underdogs and that suits us quite well.

"We haven't been leading the world, I think England have been in front in recent years, but we've still been playing very consistent cricket.

"If we can get some form going over the next few weeks, there's no reason why New Zealand couldn't go on and win the World Cup.

"I think the New Zealand public and team will be confident they can go deep into the tournament."

New Zealand has made the semi-final of the World Cup seven times, and has climbed as high as second spot in the ICC ODI rankings. And Franklin, who himself has made 15 world cup appearances spoke about Kane Williamson’s captaincy which has seen the side do so well in the past.

"I think Kane has a quietness about him, but he's assertive and he knows what he wants," he said.

"In terms of his leadership, his batting is probably a reflection of it. It's methodical, but sneakily efficient and world-class.

"I think his captaincy is exactly the same. I don't think he's a Brendon McCullum-style leader, when you see everything and it's attacking.

"Kane is measured, but knows exactly how he wants to manage his bowlers, his batsmen and what he wants New Zealand cricket to achieve."

New Zealand begin their world cup campaign against Sri Lanka on Saturday, June 1.​

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
4
IND
3 2 0 1 5 +0.53
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
4 1 2 1 3 -1.79
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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