New Zealand have enjoyed a rich period of success across all three international formats and will be hoping to add a first-ever T20 World Cup victory to their roll of honour.
The Black Caps were crowned the inaugural World Test champions in 2021 and a few months later they reached the T20 World Cup final, only to be beaten by eight wickets by Australia.
The Kiwis were also the runners-up at the last 50-over World Cup in 2019, losing out to hosts England by virtue of the number of boundaries struck after even a Super Over could not separate the two teams.
|What||T20 World Cup 2022|
|When||16th October - 13th November, 2022|
|How to watch||Sky Sports|
|Odds||Australia 11/4, India 10/3, England 7/2, Pakistan 15/2, New Zealand 8/1|
New Zealand came within an ace of winning the last T20 World Cup, but were thwarted by neighbours Australia in the final, just as they had been when reaching their first-ever 50-over World Cup final back in 2015.
Five years earlier at the previous T20 showpiece they made it through to the semi-finals, only to fall to a resounding seven-wicket loss to England, with the previous four stagings of the tournament having seen the Kiwis fail to make it through to the last four.
At the inaugural T20 World Cup back in 2007, the Black Caps qualified for the semi-finals, where they were beaten by six wickets by Pakistan.
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New Zealand will face two of their oldest foes in the Super 12 stage of this year's tournament, with Australia and England both drawn alongside the Black Caps in Group 1.
Afghanistan are the other team automatically through the Super 12 stage of the competition, with the pool of six completed by two qualifiers - with Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Ireland, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe all hoping to progress.
New Zealand open their bid for glory with a crunch clash against hosts Australia at the SCG on Saturday 22nd October.
Gary Stead, who played in five Tests for his country back in 1999, remains the man at the helm for the Black Caps, having enjoyed considerable success since his appointment in 2018.
The 50-year-old has shown that he can plot success across all three formats and will no doubt be eager to finally get his side across the line at a limited-overs world tournament.
|Big-hitting batter||Martin Guptill|
|Death bowler||Lockie Ferguson|
|Breakout star||Finn Allen|
Kane Williamson has been one of the most successful batters of his generation, while his captaincy skills cannot really be questioned due to the success he and the Black Caps have enjoyed.
However, having been at the helm for just over six years, the right-hander comes into this tournament with some doubts about his form with the bat, with long-term elbow problems having kept him sidelined for lengthy periods.
Williamson averages just under 29 across the last two calendar years and has passed 50 just twice in 15 innings in T20I cricket in that time.
The Black Caps go into this tournament with a massively experienced squad at their disposal, with potential matchwinners with both bat and ball amongst their ranks.
Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult will undoubtedly be keen to help his side go all the way, having recently called time on his Test career and signalled that a full international exit is not too far away.
The 33-year-old has taken 63 wickets in the 46 T20 internationals he has played to date and will be well-suited to the conditions likely to be on offer at the venues in Australia.
Twenty-four of those wickets have been taken in the 17 matches Boult has played since the beginning of 2021, showing that he is far from a spent force on the international stage.
With just two players aged under 28 in the New Zealand squad, there are not too many candidates for their breakout star role.
Big-hitting top-order right-hander Finn Allen is therefore the player to watch, having made a strong start to his T20I career, including smacking a 54-ball century against Scotland in late July.
However, he still has much to prove with the standard of opposition at the T20 World Cup a step up from that of the teams he has faced previously - Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.
Recent performances across all formats have suggested that New Zealand may be just past their peak, with a number of their star performers not firing quite as well as they did a couple of years ago.
With that in mind, it may well be that the Black Caps will struggle to reach the semi-finals, with hosts Australia and 50-over kings England looking to have the edge over their rivals.
However, any genuine cricket fan will know to never underestimate New Zealand and they will be giving their all to try and go all the way for the first time in this format.