Black Cap Faith finally rewarded

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At times it has been hard to be a Black Caps supporter and often it feels like there is no hope.  Just when I start to get excited and can almost sniff a reason for celebration, the inevitable happens and the hopes are again dashed.  But this year is different – this year has reminded me of the late 80s, when the likes of Hadlee and Chatfield were at their best, and we were so competitive in all forms of the game.  And it seems the worlds press agree.  

At a time when Australia, India and South Africa – the powerhouses of world cricket – are all engaged in test matches, it’s not any of their players that are creating headlines.  They are instead showcasing the individual brilliance of Brendon McCullum, but also the remarkable growth and progress of the Black Caps team.

The English have hailed Brendon McCullum as international cricket’s player of the week, the Australians have labelled him “a mould unto himself” and Asian cricket writers suggest he is “the best batsman in the world”.

The Black Caps captain has been showered with praise by the international media  after his team’s test win over Sri Lanka.

McCullum earned the man of the match award for his blistering 195, which ultimately proved the difference in New Zealand’s eight-wicket win in four days in Christchurch.

2014 has been a great year for Brendon McCullum – first New Zealand player to score 1000 runs in test matches in a calendar year – and for the Black Caps – six successive test series in a row either won or drawn!  Can they build on these successes into 2015?

With the Cricket World Cup just 44 days away, I hope that McCullum brings to the tournament the sort of individual brilliance that inspires a team, in the same way that Martin Crowe set alight the 1991/92 tournament that inspired a country to get behind the team.  I remember being in the crowd for the opening match vs Australia – just to be at the tournament was exciting and despite being 100% behind the Black Caps, my hopes weren’t high for a win – all that changed thanks to Crowe, his innovative captaincy (who can forget opening the bowling with Dipak Patel) and sensational batting.

McCullum is in the form of his life, with the bat, in the field and with his captaincy – the world press are sitting up and taking notice.  I’ve always been a supporter, through thick and thin, but right now I’m a supporter that is loving every ball.  Bring on the Basin Reserve later this week – bring on the World Cup!  The belief is there!

 

– Stuff


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