ICC World Cup: NZ skipper Brendon McCullum warns Aussies; says we are hard to beat

Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum vowed yesterday his side will stick with their aggressive approach as they look to maintain their perfect record at this World Cup when they face arch-rivals Australia.


The Black Caps are top of Pool ‘A’ with three wins out of three. New Zealand are set to field an unchanged side with swing bowler Tim Southee, who took a stunning seven for 33 against England. “It’s an aggressive confident style where we are as positive as we can be, trying to endear ourselves to a public with the manner in which we play,” said McCullum.

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has tipped New Zealand as the favourites for today’s match but McCullum wasn’t interested in such talk. “Look, I have said all along, favourites or underdogs, it’s irrelevant once the game gets under way,” McCullum insisted.

“Our focus is very much on how we try and execute the game that has served us so well over the last little while. If we do that, we will be hard to beat.

“It doesn’t mean we are going to win but we are going to be hard to beat if we perform to the standards we know how,” he added.

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