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Monday 30 March 2015
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum seemed unaffected by the talk regarding the verbal send-offs given to his team’s batsmen by Australian players during the World Cup final on Sunday.
While refusing to comment on the topic, the 33-year-old was generous in his praise for the victorious Australian team that won their fifth World Cup title."Look, it wasn't really discussed within the group,” said McCullum“A send-off is a send-off. It's not something we are necessarily concerned about."I think the focus should be on how well Australia played and how much they deserve this victory rather than any of those sort of minor issues on the way through."Yeah, I certainly don't want to go too deep into that."
Despite having a brilliant World Cup campaign, McCullum was honest to admit that his team was outplayed in the final.The New Zealand captain opined that the ability to raise their game in crunch moments made Australia a tough side to beat."All credit to Australia for the way that they were able to deliver on the biggest stage at the biggest occasion and at the key moments."We'll take some lessons out of that, but sometimes you've just got to admit that you ran second in the race, and fair play to Australia for all their hard work and their success in the key moments."
With all the talk surrounding Australian captain Michael Clarke’s fairytale ending from One-Day Internationals, McCullum revealed that his team too had imminent retirements.However, McCullum added that any such announcement will be made in the coming days after Australia have savored their success.In a refreshing gesture of sportsmanship, McCullum stated that the new World Cup champions deserved to bask in the limelight."There are maybe guys within our group who will retire."We'll let the dust settle on this one and we certainly won't look to grab any headlines over the next couple of days because they belong to Australia as they've deserve the right."We'll let the dust settle, we'll be gracious in defeat and then we'll work a plan over the next couple of days for some of those guys who may look to retire."But it's the right thing to allow Australia to bask in the glory of their success."New Zealand’s next major international assignment will be a full-fledged tour of England in June.© Cricket World 2015