McCullum Asks Crowds To Respect Aussies

Publish Date
Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 10:09AM


As most of New Zealand's cricket fans begin to say goodbye to Brendon McCullum, the Black Caps skipper has asked one favour of them.

This afternoon's Chappell-Hadlee opener at Eden Park will mark McCullum's final appearance for New Zealand in Auckland.

The competitiveness between the two sides has been further heightened by sledging and their respective brands of cricket in recent encounters.

McCullum has asked the New Zealand crowds to act appropriately to their guests.

"It doesn't matter where you play in the world, you respect it. When you're on the road it can be tough playing in other people's conditions and with other people's fans there."

"But as long as it's good natured I don't think the Aussie boys will mind it too much."

McCullum believes his farewell at Eden Park will be a lot more emotional than he thought it would be.

Born in Otago, but now living in Christchurch, McCullum said a number of recent encounters at Eden Park has changed the way he views it.

"I think in the last year or so it's taken on a bit more character, especially during the World Cup. Obviously the South African semi and the emotions that brought, and the Australia game."

McCullum said it's easy to sense the team is hyped up for the Chappell-Hadlee ODI, but believes their best chance of winning is to stay level-headed.

Radio Sport will have live commentary of the match from 2.00pm.

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