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Need To Keep Improving - McCullum

Brendon McCullum may be happy with the cricket New Zealand are playing as the build-up to next year's World Cup intensifies, but he says there is still room for improvement.

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New Zealand co-host the tournament with Australia and will begin their campaign against Sri Lanka on 13th February, also playing Scotland (16th February), England (20th February), Australia (28th February), Afghanistan (7th March) and Bangladesh (13th March).

Prior to that, they will play a home series later this month against South Africa, travel to the United Arab Emirates to face Pakistan and then return home to take on Sri Lanka and Pakistan before the World Cup gets underway.

"We have got a lot of things we want to develop as a team, we have had a really good 12-to-18 months but we can't be satisfied with that," McCullum said.

"We have got to keep progressing. We are playing a style of cricket and a brand of cricket which our public is starting to jump on board with and enjoy. They can watch us and know how we are going to play and what they expect of us.

"So that's great but we need to keep getting better. We have got six months leading into the World Cup - four months leading into the World Cup - and we have got to make sure that when we arrive at that point, we have still got performances under our belt."

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn recently picked New Zealand as a dark horse to win the World Cup, but head coach Mike Hesson is not looking too far ahead.

"It is just the start of a five-month phase for us, this is the start of our preparation," he said.

"You know, there is obviously a lot of cricket between now and then so it is just a matter of putting things in perspective and what a great place to start."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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