Brendon McCullum's galvanising leadership and explosive
batting has seen him hold off strong challenges to be named
the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal winner at this year's NZ Cricket
New Zealand cricket fans probably muttered to themselves
something like ''it's going to be OK, it's going to be OK''
when Brendon McCullum was bowled for a duck in the opening
over of the World Cup final.
Life can get pretty tough when you're a talisman and you're
having one of those days when you just can't ''talis''.
The dream died hard for New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket
Ground last night.
Grant Elliott could scarcely have done more to put the nay
sayers in their place at the World Cup.
It was dark and cold when the passengers of flight NZ1127
checked in at Auckland airport yesterday at 6.30am.
The New Zealand cricketers continued resculpting how the game
is perceived in this country with their 143-run dismantling
of the West Indies in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal.
Former England international Dimitri Mascarenhas has has been
appointed as New Zealand bowling coach for the upcoming
cricket tour of England.
On a tide of national goodwill, Brendon McCullum delivered
the catalyst for New Zealand's victory against Sri Lanka at
Hagley Park on Saturday.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is tipping upsets during the
World Cup - and that is part of the reason he bristled
slightly at a description of tomorrow's opponent, Scotland.
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