Brendon McCullum has potentially all the reasons to be delighted. The New Zealand captain signed off his ODI career on an extreme high as his side put up a spirited performance to topple Australia and win the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2-1. The Kiwi bowlers were simply fantastic as they put on a feisty show in order to defend the below par total of 246.
McCullum, who played his last ODI at Hamilton, said that he was simply delighted with his farewell game and the win was special indeed. “To beat the world champions in the Chappell-Hadlee series, which means so much to us, is a fitting way to step away from the game. For us to be able to still step out and beat the best team in the world is testament to the depth that we’ve been able to create over a period of time,” said McCullum about the victory in the third ODI.
“That was a pleasing aspect of it and I thought the way the guys responded was phenomenal. Doug Bracewell, he was on the the sidelines for the last little while, and the way he came in and seized that key moment, kept it tight, started building some pressure. “And that allowed Ish, another wonderful story of a guy who’s come back in after a long time out of the side, and he bowled with confidence and he bowled beautifully. He was able to apply some pressure and get wickets.It’s great when you can see guys come in and perform in pressure situations,” McCullum added.
Reflecting about the resilient nature of his side, McCullum said, “The team performance today, especially after losing six for not many, I think lesser teams would have folded.” “And one thing we pride ourselves on is making sure that if we are going to get beaten, we’re going to make it hard for the opposition to do so. “That was the mentality we try to take out to fielding and bowling and also just stress to the guys, it doesn’t matter what we get, it’s a matter of what they get. If we were capable of losing six for not many, it was a wicket that was tough to start on, so that was the message that was stressed at halftime.”