MCCUL­LUM KEY FOR KI­WIS

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PAK­ISTAN and New Zealand both claimed the high ground on the eve of to­day’s first Test in Christchurch, with the Black Caps draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Brendon McCul­lum’s classic farewell in­nings. Just days af­ter a 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake rat­tled the city and dev­as­tated parts of the South Is­land, Pak­istan cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq looked to cash in on a per­ceived lack of con­fi­dence in the New Zealand ranks af­ter their dis­as­trous tour of In­dia, where they suf­fered a se­ries white­wash. But al­though Pak­istan are on a high af­ter crush­ing the West Indies last month, New Zealand skip­per Kane Wil­liamson claimed his side was re­ju­ve­nated by re­turn­ing to home con­di­tions and fa­mil­iar seamer-friendly wick­ets. “It’s im­por­tant when you come off the back of that In­dia tour, which was ex­tremely tough, that we still come back here and play with free­dom, ex­press our skills. When we do we play our best cricket,” he said.

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