New Zealand fought back like spirited lions in the second test at the WACA after being thrashed miserably on the very first day.
Not many would have thought that New Zealand would make such a remarkable comeback in the game. But buoyed by Ross Taylor’s sensational double century, and Kane Williamson classy ton, the Blackcaps took a lead, to display their zeal.
Skipper Brendon McCullum was simply elated at his side’s performance and sounded like a very pleased captain. “It’s satisfying when you fight your way back to come out with not just a draw but encouraging signs of the steel and resolve and backbone in this line-up,” he said.
“It would have been easy to fall over in the first innings, we’ve seen it time and time again but two leaders stood up in the group and played incredibly important innings,” McCullum said.
“For a while they gave us the ability to believe we could pull off an against-the-odds Test win. We came over here with ambitions and expectations of winning a series but if we can’t win, the next best thing is to draw so that’s firmly on our minds. We head to Adelaide chasing a result and if we play better, tidying up certain areas, we’ll give ourselves an opportunity,” said an optimistic McCullum.
Paying his tributes to the retired Mitchell Johnson, McCullum said, “Every cricketer comes to a stage where enough is enough, it’s important to focus on what an incredible difference he made to the game.
“Brett Lee’s record is phenomenal but look at Johnson, he has gone better. He has taken a bit of criticism, so to withstand that and stay strong to his values and go out and take wickets is a testament to the bloke.
“A lot is made of how nasty he can be on the field. I’ve played against him a number of years and it’s healthy competition. Ultimately he’s a great bloke. From our point of view hopefully we were able to add a touch of class being able to give him that welcome to the crease. I wish him the best, but I’m pleased he’s not playing in Adelaide,” McCullum concluded.