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The New Zealand cricket team, nicknamed the Black Caps, are the national cricket team representing NZ. They played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, They, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. From 1930 They had to wait until 1956, more than 26 years, for its first test victory, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

The current Test, One-day and Twenty20 captain is Kane Williamson, who replaced Brendon McCullum who announced his retirement in late December, 2015.

The NZ cricket team became known as the Black Caps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team Official NZ.


BLACKCAPS. This is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.