Cricket: Australia the perfect opponent - McCullum

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
New Zealand have the World Cup final opponent they wanted in co-hosts Australia, according to skipper Brendon McCullum.

In his final press conference before tomorrow's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, McCullum said he couldn't imagine a better scenario than facing Australia ''in front of 100,000, in Australia's backyard, with the history and tradition and against a very good Australian team.

''This is the ultimate game for us to be able to play. Everyone is excited about it, I'm sure some guys will be nervous tomorrow morning, but it certainly whets the appetities. It's the greatest stage we can ask for."

McCullum confirmed New Zealand will field the same XI which won the cliffhanger semifinal against South Africa at Eden Park last Tuesday night.

And he hopes a touch of divine intervention might yet add an extra touch to the biggest day New Zealand cricket has experience.

''We will play an aggressive brand of cricket with bat, ball and in the field, and with the humility we've played with through this campaign.

''And hopefully the Big Fellow upstairs shines on us when the pressure situations come into play," McCullum said.

-  By David Leggat 

Add a Comment






Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter