Stuff – OPINION: This New Zealand cricket side has the odd flaw, but is still surely the finest in the country’s history.


  • New Zealand are ranked the fourth-best test side in the world, the fifth in ODIs and are top of the heap in T20.
  • McCullum did some very good things for this New Zealand team, particularly in the cheerful energy he brought to the group and the entertaining of the fans, but under Williamson they have gone to another level.
  • Williamson has the loyalty of the team, but there are many tests to come if New Zealand are to prove without question they are the best the country has ever had.
  • Excepting injury to Williamson, Taylor or Trent Boult (two of whom were injured during their last home test defeat), New Zealand are more than capable of beating any side in the world, especially at home.
  • It is time now to push on against the very best teams, because this New Zealand side is good enough to win World Cups.

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