Friday 7 February 2014 

Video - My Best Innings If We Win The Test - McCullum

Brendon McCullum says he will only consider his double-century against India in Auckland to be his best innings if New Zealand go on to win the opening Test.

McCullum made 224 in 307 balls as New Zealand posted 503 all out before reducing India to 130 for four at stumps.

And the captain, who struck 29 fours and five sixes, led the way with his eighth Test century and second double-century.

Both have come against India, but he says it is now up for the team to go and win the game for the innings to really count.

"If we go on and win the Test match it (will) probably be my best test innings in terms of the pressure we were under in and against the opposition we are playing.

"Though I'm really proud of that double-hundred I scored in the sub-continent and the hard work that I had to put in to get that.

"But if we go on and win this test match to know that you have made a significant contribution doing so and helping your team to get that performance in, that would obviously rate probably my best here."

Ishant Sharma was India's most successful bowler, taking six for 134 in the innings including his 150th Test wicket.

McCullum said that the tall fast bowler had been a challenge to face.

"I thought he bowled really well actually, he asked some tough questions and his spell this morning was an hour and twenty minutes long or something, so, every time you kept thinking there would be a change of bowler, he kept sort of handing his cap back and having another go.

"He deserved the rewards for a six-for and there are other days when you don't get the wickets. Like (Mohammad) Shami I thought bowled really well as well, but didn't necessarily got the rewards.

"So I thought Ishant did a really good job and kept coming at us and will be a tough proposition in the remaining days of this test match and the one in Wellington."

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