Along with fast bowler Matt Henry, seamers Tim Southee and Trent Boult as well as Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were part of the team which ended up as the runners-up in 2015. This time around, the paceman believes that having a core which has performed on the biggest stage can only be beneficial for the side.
“Being involved in the 2015 final was pretty cool. That semi-final against South Africa was a special moment at a packed Eden Park as well and the way it came down to the wire with Grant Elliott hitting that six (off the penultimate ball to win it) was incredible,” Henry said ahead of his second World Cup appearance.
“The great thing is we’ve got a lot of players who were involved in that team and a lot of guys who have been involved in the set-up for a long time. It’s been an exciting period from the last World Cup to here and everyone is really excited to get rolling.
“There’s no perfect blend of youth and experience but it’s nice to have the senior guys. Ross (Taylor) has played in a number of World Cups, Tim (Southee) and Trent (Boult) have also played in a few and then you’ve got Kane (Williamson) as well. That experience is great – it’s been a close-knit group for a while and we really enjoy playing our cricket together,” the 27-year-old paceman said.