Brendon McCullum, who is about to feature in the final test of his career against Australia at Christchurch hinted that the hosts were considering to play an all out pace attack. Mark Craig, New Zealand’s lone slow bowler in the first test had a below par outing and the Australians found his offerings easy indeed.
McCullum, in the pre match interview stated that pacer Matt Henry would be back in the scheme of things at the expense of Doug Bracewell. “Matt Henry will come in for Doug Bracewell,” McCullum said. “And it’s just trying to work out whether we play Mark Craig or Neil Wagner and that’s the decision we’ve got to make.”
McCullum added that winning the toss was based simply on luck and it would be a vital factor. “Maybe it’s one of those times when fortune favours the brave,” he said. “We’ll see what unfolds. I think it will go around for a while. It’s probably not quite as hard as the Basin. I thought the Basin was a really good cricket wicket. It did a lot in that first session and then dried out a little bit quicker than what a team who’s been bowled out for 180 wanted,” McCullum added.
“Sometimes when you want something so much, you start to tighten up a little bit. Australia, if you give them an inch, they know how to take it. That’s why they’ve been such a good team for such a long period of time. If we look at the first Test matches of both series, they’ve started brilliantly and we’ve struggled to keep up,” said McCullum, acknowledging the threat possessed by Australia.