Wednesday 14 November 2007 

McCullum Urges Kiwi Batsmen To Contribute

New Zealand wicket-keeper and vice-captain Brendon McCulllum has urged his side's batsmen to put in an improved performance in the wake of a record 358-run loss in the opening Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

New Zealand were bowled out for 118 and 172 in what McCullum termed an 'embarrassing' display and have one Test with which to make amends, starting on Friday, November 16th, in Centurion Park.

"It all comes down to the batting, we didn't give the bowlers any rest after we were bowled out in 42 overs in the first innings," he said.

"The batsmen need to gel as a unit and give the bowlers enough rest because they've shown they are capable of knocking over the South Africans.

"We've had a couple of days to digest what was a very embarrassing loss for us. We need to get back up, work out what went wrong and rectify whatever obstacles there are," he said.

"South Africa are a very good side, there's no shirking it, and we need to produce a more hardened performance."

New Zealand, who called up Jamie How and Kyle Mills as cover for the injured Stephen Fleming and Jacob Oram, will make a decision on their fitness shortly before the second Test. Shane Bond returned home after the first Test.


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