Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum felt the gulf between the two teams was exposed in the second Test at Leeds where England won by 247 runs © Getty Images

Leeds: May 29, 2013

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum admitted his side’s batting had not been up to scratch in the series against England where they were whitewashed in the two-match Test series.

“The gulf between the two teams was exposed in this Test,” he said. “We certainly had the bowling attack where we knew we could take English wickets and it was a matter of us being able to produce the runs that were required.

“I think it was a combination between high-class bowling from the England bowlers and also our boys just struggled a touch with the bat to get that high score that was required.”

Tim Southee, named New Zealand’s man-of-the-series, with 12 wickets at an average of under 20 apiece, said the bowling attack was starting to gel as a unit.

“We get on well and we’re all still pretty young, so hopefully it’s something we can work with for the future,” he said.

“The batters are trying and their day will come as well, hopefully we can get it together and keep improving as a Test side.”