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McCullum expecting Australia series to be played in good spirits

Brendon McCullum was rested for the tour game against Prime Minister's XI
Brendon McCullum was rested for the tour game against Prime Minister's XI
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is hoping that the upcoming Test series against Australia will be played in the right spirit without onfield controversies.

The 2015 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand saw frequent sledging from Brad Haddin, who later reasoned that New Zealand were “too nice” in the earlier group stage match.

However, Haddin apologised for his behaviour on the field and stated that it was never his intention to hurt anyone.

Under McCullum, New Zealand have developed an image of being a team which plays the game in the right spirit.

McCullum said that New Zealand will focus on their game instead of worrying about what Australia’s onfield tactics will be.

"We're certainly not spending any energy on it or worried about it (sledging)," he said.

"With Steve Smith (as captain) and Darren Lehmann as coach, I think the two teams will get on well.

"It'll be healthy competition on the field but I think it should be played in good spirits.

"Our focus will be very much on our skills rather than anything."

The 34-year-old further stated that the team was focussing on having a good time playing cricket while representing their country at the international stage.

"It's better than not being the nice guys.

"We just go play cricket and we have a good time while we're at it.

"We've got a great bunch of guys that we're playing with.

“We're out there representing our country and that's where our focus is rather than the other stuff."

After winning the toss and opting to bat first in the tour game against the Prime Minister’s XI on Friday, New Zealand managed to score 307 for eight in their allotted 50 overs.

The Black Caps will also play a two-day practice game against the Cricket Australia XI on 24th and 25th October at the same venue.

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