NZ focus on T20 may change with Windies series: McCullum
WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s Twenty20 series against West Indies starting on Friday should be a springboard for the home side to look to improve their results and build a squad for next year’s World Cup, former captain Brendon McCullum said. New Zealand are second in the International Cricket Council Test rankings and third in one-day internationals, but struggle at sixth in Twenty20. The team lost their last two series at home and have won just seven of their last 20 matches in the shortest form of the game. McCullum, however, blamed the inconsistent results on the team’s efforts to succeed in the longer formats, using Twenty20 as a chance to develop new players or give veterans a rest. “T20 hasn’t been the best format for the New Zealand team of late and I know there is a deep desire to improve those results,” McCullum told reporters on a conference call on Monday. - AP