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Former Kiwi skipper McCullum backs New Zealand to win World cup

Orissa Post – Manchester: Former captain Brendon McCullum has said that New Zealand have the firepower to win the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Summary

  • Manchester: Former captain Brendon McCullum has said that New Zealand have the firepower to win the World Cup for the first time in their history.
  • New Zealand, often labelled as underdogs, reached their first World Cup final in 2015 under McCullum after six semifinal appearances, only to lose to Australia in Melbourne.
  • Williamson, who replaced McCullum as captain in all three formats of the game after the veteran player’s retirement in 2016, has led by example at the World Cup with his elegant batting.
  • McCullum believes the teams currently occupying the top four slots in the 10-team table – New Zealand, Australia, India and England – are likely to reach next month’s semifinals, though he believes all the teams have vulnerabilities.
  • “To me it’s fair to say you are probably looking at England, India, Australia and New Zealand (in the semifinals).


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