Fast bowler Kyle Mills says Brendon McCullum showed himself to be an unselfish leader by hitting the runs that ended up winning New Zealand their opening ICC World Twenty20 game against England.
With play continuing despite a thunderstorm closing in, McCullum hit opposite number Stuart Broad for two sixes and a four at the end of the fifth over to ensure his side were ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
While Broad maintained that both captains thought that play should have been suspended before that point, Mills says that McCullum's innings of 16 not out in just six balls was an outstanding effort.
"Brendon is that type of character," Mills said following the game.
"He is that type of cricketer as well, he is prepared to put himself on the line and he is an extremely unselfish type of leader as well.
So the decision was made that somebody had to make a play and it was Brendon.
"And he played some fine cricketing strokes to get us over the line, so even though it wasn't a 50 or 100, it was a great little knock for us."
The win sets New Zealand up nicely ahead of their next match, against South Africa, in two days.
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