The New Zealand BLACKCAPS have played a total of 10 Cricket World Cups and, although they have reached the semi-finals on an impressive six occasions, they are yet to clinch cricket’s ultimate prize.
Over the years, New Zealand has produced a raft of cricket players who have achieved international acclaim - but soon it will be time for the class of 2015 to show the rest of the world just what they are made of.
Kyle Mills could now be classed as a BLACKCAPS veteran and the experience he brings to the New Zealand side is instrumental for the current and new generation of the team.
Mills - born in New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland - made his ODI debut for the BLACKCAPS against Pakistan in 2001, and although he is a talented all-rounder, Mills has previously held the number one spot for ODI bowling.
Test cricket has been the highlight of Mills’ career and he has said in the past that playing against England in the test form of the game has given him some of his most thrilling international cricket experiences.
The 2015 Cricket World Cup will be Kyle Mills third, but at his current age 34, he also admits that it will probably be his last.
What will it mean to the BLACKCAPS to play a Cricket World Cup in New Zealand?
I think it is huge, as a BLACKCAP to play in a Cricket World Cup in your own backyard. As a player it doesn’t come along often that you get to play in a World Cup at home. I think the BLACKCAPS are at the right time to have success in this tournament, and to do it in New Zealand will be huge for us.
How well do you think New Zealanders will get behind the Cricket World Cup?
I think Kiwis will come out in force for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Judging by recent events like the America’s Cup and the Rugby World Cup we have a great fan base here in New Zealand - it is going to be fantastic.
Where is your favourite place to play cricket in New Zealand and why?
There are so many -but I think Queenstown and Napier and two standouts for me. For one they have great scenery, for two they have good golf courses and three - amazing cricket pitches.
What is your favourite New Zealand holiday destination - and what makes it so special?
Russell in the Bay of Islands is my favourite New Zealand holiday destination, simply because it has great scenery, is quiet and has a top quality fish and chippy - and you can’t go wrong with that.