Brendon Mccullum

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New Zealand's World Cup Ride Skids Off The Road

Was this the way McCullum and his team-mates had played all World Cup? Yes and no. Yes, it embodied the aggressive, nothing-is-too-difficult approach of this team. But the difference today was that barring one partnership, there was no second gear. No settling in, looking to dig deep. It was almost haphazard. The MCG surface on which McCullum opted to bat had runs in it. New Zealand should have got to at least 250. But they didn't.
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New Zealand's Neverland, Where Anything Is Possible

In a country obsessed with the oval ball, cricketers have rarely enjoyed the same kind of status. But over the past six weeks, as eight straight wins - including a thrilling one-wicket triumph over Australia at Eden Park - have taken New Zealand's cricketers where they've never gone before, perceptions have shifted just a little.
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New Zealand Vs South Africa: The Kiwis Take Wing

Where did South Africa lose the match to New Zealand? Was it the strong nerves under pressure and the magnificent six hit by Grant Elliott in the nail-biting climax, the run-out opportunity and some half chances that went unused, or the fact that rain disrupted the match at a time when AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis had the bowlers at their mercy and threatened to take to score to 350-plus?

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