McCullum annoyed by inaccurate bowling

New Zealand

New Zealand may be scoring runs aplenty, nearly as many as England, but their poor bowling is a cause for concerned for captain Brendon McCullum, who was disappointed with their efforts with the ball on Wednesday.

The Black Caps recorded 349 runs in the fourth ODI at Trent Bridge, but England still managed to win inside 44 overs, thanks to centuries from Eoin Morgan and Joe Root. None of the Kiwi bowlers went for less than seven to the over.

McCullum lamented after the game: "We lacked a bit of accuracy with the ball. Our plans are to try and hit the top of off stump on this wicket.

"It skidded on a bit as well, but we weren't as accurate as we needed to be and against good players there's no room for that sort of error. We need to get better.

"But credit to England, to chase 350 in any game is outstanding and to do it at 2-1 down to stay alive is credit to them."

He was also disappointed that the defeat on a good batting deck meant a level series, rather than a trophy for his side: "I didn't think the wicket would play as well as what it did.

"It skidded on nicely and they were able to create some partnerships and got off to a great start. We were never able to wrestle back the momentum.

"It hurts for us because we had an opportunity to close out this series and when you get 350 you give yourself every opportunity."

The fifth and deciding ODI is on Saturday.

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