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Black Caps: can they take the top teams?

Last updated 07:30 07/07/2014
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SEVENTH HEAVEN: Kane Williamson raises his bat in Barbados after scoring his seventh test century.

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The Black Caps won just their 12th test series on foreign soil after beating the West Indies in Barbados.

In the last eight months, Brendon McCullum's team has started to perform on the field, with series wins in long-form cricket over India and the Windies twice.

We've seen the likes of McCullum, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson score big hundreds while Jimmy Neesham has effectively played outstanding all-rounder Corey Anderson out of the team for now.

On the bowling front, Tim Southee and Trent Boult are, excuse the pun, delivering the goods and Mark Craig appears to be a legitimate spinning option.

The question, then, is whether New Zealand cricket is about to enter a golden era? Or are we getting carried away?

Can this New Zealand team start beating the world's top test nations or do recent results flatter to deceive?

Is there room in this team for both Neesham and Anderson? And are the days of finding a place in the side for bad boy Jesse Ryder well and truly over?

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