New Zealand might have lost the first test at the Gabba, but skipper Brendon McCullum is still confident about his side’s performance in the remaining games of the series. McCullum said that going into the next two matches, it was imperative to perform better and learn from the mistakes of the first test.

Praising his bowlers, McCullum said, “I thought Tim was outstanding, especially considering his back started to flare up as well.” “He showed a lot of heart to keep pushing through some pretty uncomfortable feelings there. I thought he was really good. “We know Boulty is a world-class bowler. He was just a little bit off in this Test match. I put that down to how aggressive Australia were at times as well. Boulty will be better for the run. He’s been world-class for a long time for us. I thought Dougie got better as the Test match wore on.”

“I don’t think you can read too much into Mark Craig’s bowling in the first innings. It’s not his job to bowl first innings at the Gabba, but we had to utilise him in that role because unfortunately we didn’t have any control from our seamers. I thought he got better as the Test went on. We’ve seen in the past as well that he gets better as tours go on,” McCullum added.

 

The New Zealand skipper also congratulated Kane Williamson for his brilliant batting display. “Kane Williamson, probably best hundred I’ve seen from a New Zealander in the time I’ve been playing,” McCullum said.

“Just full of class and once again shows how good a player he is, and that he can score runs in any conditions against any attack all around the world. “He’s a huge positive out of this Test match. I thought the openers were good as well. They looked poised and controlled and defensively very sound. I’m sure they’ll take a lot out of this as well.”

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