‘Nil-nil is a fair result’, says Brendon McCullum

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“I think a drawn series is a fair reflection because Bangladesh played some excellent cricket as well”

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum believes the 0-0 draw in the two-Test series against Bangladesh “is a fair reflection” of the “excellent cricket” that has been played by both sides.

“We wanted to win this Test series and were expected to do so as well,” McCullum said. “We played good cricket in this series, our batting was outstanding and our bowling stood up in tough conditions. I think a drawn series is a fair reflection because Bangladesh played some excellent cricket as well.

“We would have loved to win 2-0 [but] it wasn’t to be. We tried to force a result in Chittagong but the wicket was too good and both batting line-ups batted well. We lost nearly two days in rain here. We could have put them under more pressure yesterday but they stood up. They thoroughly deserved to be where they were at the start of play today. Nil-nil is a fair result.”

However, McCullum was “not satisfied” with his performance as he only managed to amass 58 runs in three innings, with a top score of 22 and a dismal average of 18.

McCullum has also failed to score a Test century in over three years, with his last one coming against India in November 2010 when he smashed 225.

“I am not satisfied with my own performance,” McCullum said. “I wanted to contribute through this Test series but that’s the nature of cricket sometimes. Thankfully, the other guys in the line-up got runs. I was delighted from a team point of view.

“It has been a while but I haven’t scored too many centuries any way. I can certainly try and score runs but that’s how it goes. That’s why there’s something called an average.”

While McCullum may not have been impressed with his own performance, he could not say the same about the bowling attack.

“Three of our bowlers were only on their second trip to the sub-continent and two had their first trip,” he said. “They really developed nicely. They stood up and learned a lot from this experience.

“We got in excess of 400 in both Tests. We lost a couple of wickets in the Chittagong second innings when we tried to force the pace. Our batting was outstanding and all the guys in the top order did well, barring me and Hamish Rutherford. Everyone stood up and performed in tough conditions.”

McCullum also saved some special praise for leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, stating that he was impressed by the 20-year-old’s control and ability to spin the ball.

“I think we can forgive him for the Chittagong Test,” McCullum said. “He bowled better as the Test wore on and everyone who has played Test cricket knows how nervous they are in the first game.

“His height is a big thing, he gets a lot of bounce. He is a wrist spinner so he gets considerable amount of turn on the ball. Not too many legspinners have that level of control, especially for such a young guy. That’s what has really impressed me. He can land the ball where he wants to. He can extract the turn and bounce.”

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