Which teams loom as the big contenders to take out the Cricket World Cup when it gets underway next week? Niall Anderson details all the contenders and the pretenders fighting for the trophy in the United Kingdom.

The Cricket World Cup captains. Photo / Getty
The Cricket World Cup captains. Photo / Getty

New Zealand

Martin Guptill is a key man for the Black Caps. Photo / Photosport
Martin Guptill is a key man for the Black Caps. Photo / Photosport

Squad:

Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

Coach: Gary Stead

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2015 finish: Runners-up

Best result: Runners-up (2015)

Odds: $11 (Fifth)

Ross Taylor and Black Caps manager Mike Sandle give an insight into some of the logistical challenges of travelling to a world cup

In short:

New Zealand have a history of making the World Cup semifinals – they've

Afghanistan

Australia

Bangladesh

England

India

Pakistan

South Africa

Sri Lanka

West Indies