Brendon McCullum trying to "work out" what went wrong for New Zealand in ICC World T20 2014
Chasing 120 to beat Sri Lanka, New Zealand were bowled out for a miserable 60 © Getty Images


Wellington: Apr 1, 2014


New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has admitted he is still trying to ”work out” what went wrong after his team limped out of the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2014 tournament following a 59-run thrashing by Sri Lanka on Monday.


Chasing 120 to beat Sri Lanka, and finish first in Group 1, New Zealand were bowled out for a miserable 60, with opener Kane Williamson making 42 before being run out.


According to, New Zealand”s two-run loss to South Africa and their embarrassing batting display against Sri Lanka capped a less-than-par tournament for them, and McCullum admitted that there were some soft dismissals and poor options, among which he also included himself.


Although McCullum indicated that the wicket”s characteristics changing from previous nights and a spray having been applied to the outfield which limited the dew, may have been some of the factors for their defeat, he however, admitted that he is still trying to figure out how they got out for a measly 60, especially given Williamson’s score.


Stating that they did not bat well, McCullum also said that they played across the line to the ball which was skidding on and some of them tried to be too aggressive against the ball spinning away, adding that they were not committed to their method in the game.


McCullum also said that they are not good enough to play only at 80 percent, adding that they were lacking in cricket intelligence while playing on sub-continent surfaces, which are foreign to what they are used to, along with the nature of the format.


McCullum also warned that they would keep turning up at tournaments without claiming any trophy if they do not make necessary changes to their team.


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