Tuesday 28 January 2014 

Video - McCullum Full Of Praise For Senior Players

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is full of praise for the way his senior players helped them seal a seven-wicket win over India in the fourth One-Day International in Hamilton.

McCullum himself played a key role with an unbeaten 49 to take his side over the line after Ross Taylor had struck 112 not out.

However, what pleased McCullum most about the display was the way his three most experienced bowlers - Kyle Mills, Tim Southee and Nathan McCullum - performed during India's innings of 278 for five.

"If we look at the status of those guys in the group, there were three senior players stood again for us with the ball, so it was nice for both and ball for that to happen," McCullum said.

"A little bit disappointed with the last 10 overs, but I think with these new rules, if you're not picking up wickets in those last ten overs, they're incredibly hard to control the run rate.

"We've kept the emphasis on trying to take wickets through that stage. But we come up against a player like MS Dhoni, who's playing incredibly well at the moment as well."

Dhoni hit an unbeaten 79 but with Taylor bettering that to reach a brilliant century, Kane Williamson making 60 and McCullum hitting the winning runs, New Zealand completed an impressive win to seal the series, going 3-0 up with one game remaining.

"We're just delighted to be able to play against a team of that class and come out on top and show the rest of the world that we are a very good team in our own conditions," McCullum added.

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