BRENDON MCCULLUM

  • World Cup Exclusive: Bring back the old ODI rules 4 hours 43 minutes ago

    On papers Australia were the best team and they won the World Cup 2015 in style. But I would say the tournament was not the greatest of a World Cup tournament because there were not many close matches. Except the New Zealand vs Australia in Auckland and New Zealand vs South Africa,...
  • Australia are worthy of their fifth World Cup title Yesterday

    Melbourne: The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the "most popular ever" and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday's final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title. Michael Clarke's side had the best blend of deep batting, strong fielding and, most...
  • No Indian in ICC's World Cup XI led by Brendon McCullum Yesterday

    Dubai: Not a single Indian cricketer found a place in the ICC's World Cup XI which was dominated by runners-up New Zealand rather than champions Australia with Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum as its captain. The ICC team features five New Zealanders, including McCullum, despite their seven-wicket loss to Australia in...
  • Brendon McCullum keeps ODI retirement suspense alive Yesterday

    Melbourne: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Sunday kept everyone guessing about his retirement from ODI cricket as he didn't want the spotlight to be drawn away from Australia's convincing victory in the World Cup final. Asked if he would be following Michael Clarke in announcing ODI retirement, McCullum neither denied...
  • Scarred New Zealand go home winning hearts, Australia with the Cup Yesterday

    The greatest trick the devil ever played was to convince the world that it doesn't exist and New Zealand never really saw it coming as sometimes the old cliche of morning shows the day can be misleading to say the least. Brendon McCullum, the night before the World Cup would have...
  • Reaction to Australia's fifth World Cup victory Yesterday

    Melbourne: Following are reactions to Australia's fifth World Cup triumph after they beat New Zealand in Sunday's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I think obviously there's no such thing as fairy-tales in sport, but that's probably as close as it gets for me. Not only to win...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Brendon McCullum's wicket was turning point Yesterday

    (Legendary New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) Honestly I didn't expect the defeat. I was so disappointed because they played so well...
  • World Cup: New Zealand hold back retirements to allow Australia to bask Yesterday

    Melbourne: Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their one-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday. Australia skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from one-day internationals on...
  • Mitchell Starc's perseverance pays off with World Cup honours Yesterday

    Melbourne: Months after being labeled "soft" by one of Australia's cricket greats and being dropped from Australia's Test XI, Mitchell Starc has been deservedly voted the player of the World Cup. Starc's worth to the Australian team was never more evident than when he dismissed New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in...
  • Brendon McCullum proud of New Zealand despite losing World Cup final Yesterday

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he had no regrets after his team were beaten by Australia in the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Despite being bowled for a duck in the first over of the day then seeing his team beaten by seven wickets, a...
  • As it happened: Australia vs New Zealand, ICC World Cup 2015 Final 2 days ago

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) After two of months of grueling cricket, we have got our two finalists; Australia and New Zealand as they battle it out for the coveted trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia have had a brilliant tournament so far with all their...
  • World Cup Final: Australia, New Zealand lock horns in battle of Oceania 2 days ago

    The World Cup 2015 has been the most watched tournament surpassing all previous records and that is enough to call it a success. In terms of cricket it has been an exciting tournament if you love seeing boundaries hit but it has disturbed the balance between bat and ball to...
  • World Cup: Australia and NZ have been the stand out performers 2 days ago

    After just short of six weeks of competition, it all comes down to Sunday's battle between the two host nations. I can't believe anyone can have too many complaints about the make-up of the game, as both Australia and New Zealand have been the stand out performers throughout this World...
  • New Zealand's history in Cricket World Cups (1975-2011) 2 days ago

    New Zealand's historical four-wicket win over South Africa on 24th March 2015, which took them to the final of the World Cup, was their best result ever in the history of the most coveted tournament of the game. The Kiwis had played six semi-finals before their last-four clash against the Proteas,...
  • Australia's history in Cricket World Cups (1975-2011) 2 days ago

    Australia's trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket's ultimate prize four times. Australia will take on their arch rival New Zealand in the final on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Here is the history...
  • McCullum's letter to Indian fans: Come and support us in World Cup final 2 days ago

    Earlier this week, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had written a letter to bosses across New Zealand, asking them to let employees have an off day so that they could support the Black Caps during their World Cup semifinal against South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand eventually won...
  • World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum all set for Australian challenge 2 days ago

    Melbourne: In 2009, when he was appointed the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2 in South Africa, Brendon McCullum wore a smile at every interaction with the media - at the post-match presentation, and at the pre and post-match press conferences. It wasn't an easy time for McCullum....
  • New Zealand 'fearless' ahead of World Cup final 3 days ago

    New Zealand are sticking with the same team, and the same fearless approach, for Sunday's World Cup final against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said the Black Caps would use the same lineup that beat South Africa in the semi-finals and the same bold tactics...
  • World Cup: Brendon McCullum, New Zealand's multi-talented, muscular leader 3 days ago

    Melbourne: When Brendon McCullum took over as captain of New Zealand in December 2014, the team was engulfed by dressing-room strife. Now, just over two years later, the Black Caps are in their first World Cup final and the muscular, multi-skilled McCullum is being feted as a national hero. The 33-year-old opener...
  • New Zealand unchanged for World Cup final 3 days ago

    Melbourne: New Zealand will bring an unchanged lineup into Sunday's World Cup final against fellow co-hosts Australia in Melbourne, captain Brendon McCullum confirmed on Saturday. New Zealand head into the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after defeating South Africa by four wickets in Auckland in the semi-finals. New Zealand team: Martin...
  • World Cup: Terminally ill Martin Crowe braced for 'last' match 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Terminally ill Martin Crowe admits that Sunday's World Cup final between his beloved New Zealand and Australia could be the last game he'll ever see. Known as one of the game's most stylish batsmen, the 52-year-old Crowe has been battling a rare blood disease, double-hit lymphoma. "My precarious life ahead may...
  • World Cup: Kiwis dream of toppling big brother Australia in finals 3 days ago

    Wellington: Emergency supplies of beige-coloured clothing were being rushed across the Tasman Saturday as the build-up to the cricket World Cup final reached fever pitch in New Zealand. Brendon McCullum, with his infectious grin, had said before leading his side to a stunning semi-final win against South Africa that they were...
  • Winning World Cup will be NZ's finest moment in sport: Richard Hadlee 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Former New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee on Friday said that the Black Caps winning on Sunday against Australia would be the country's finest moment in sport. Co-hosts New Zealand entered the final of the World for the first time with a victory over South Africa in the semi-finals on Tuesday....
  • World Cup: New Zealand's form meets Australia's pedigree 3 days ago

    There's been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their respective paths to the World Cup final but just one of the co-hosts will enjoy that particular advantage when they meet in Sunday's title decider. After 48 one-day internationals played out over six weeks between teams from five...
  • World Cup: My mind and heart is with Australia, says Kris Srikkanth 3 days ago

    The New Zealand attack consisting of Boult and co will not be able to move the ball as much as they did in their own country, giving Australia the upper hand, feels Kris Srikkanth. ...
  • NZ ready for one more big push in World Cup final: Tim Southee 4 days ago

    Melbourne: Fast bowler Tim Southee says that after reaching the Cricket World Cup final for the first time and with their most well-rounded limited-overs team ever assembled, New Zealand are ready for "one more big push" to beat Australia and to write a new chapter in their history. Southee said New...
  • World Cup 2015: Feels like a dream for me, says Stephen Fleming 5 days ago

    Melbourne: Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said he is in a dream state after the Black Caps' win over South Africa to seal a berth in the cricket World Cup final. Chasing 298 in 43 overs, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum set the tone for the co-hosts by smacking 59...
  • AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum are two gentlemen of the game 6 days ago

    "Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility...
  • Black Caps want World Cup fairytale for Daniel Vettori 6 days ago

    Wellington: Brendon McCullum on Wednesday conceded Daniel Vettori had probably played his last international innings on home soil, saying New Zealand were intent on giving the veteran a fairytale send-off in the World Cup final. Vettori was in the middle at Auckland's Eden Park on Tuesday night when the Black Caps...
  • Rain, blemishes conspire to knock South Africa out, NZ reach maiden final 6 days ago

    Cricket is a great leveler but you tell that to a South African in any corner of the world and you would notice that the eyes are getting red and the face turning pale, fuming with anger and frustration. A nation gripped with inflation, unemployment and crime rates going up at...