New Zealand reached the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 four years ago for the first time after six semi-final defeats, only to be soundly beaten by Australia in Melbourne. Kane Williamson has now replaced the swashbuckling Brendon McCullum as captain but the core of the team that came so close in 2015 remains.

Since the last World Cup, New Zealand have risen as high as second in the world rankings but have also been beaten at home by South Africa, England and India. New Zealand beat fancied India in their opening World Cup warm-up game before going down to the West Indies.

They will open their 2019 campaign against Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Saturday. Ahead of the game Kane Williamson spoke to he media.