McCullum focused on upcoming Test series


New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has joined up with his team in Australia, ahead of their Test series, after spending a month in London as part of the trial against Chris Cairns.

McCullum was giving evidence against the former Black Caps skipper, on trial for perjury, but now McCullum has to shift his focus to the Aussies, and to trying to get a series win Down Under for the first time in 30 years.

When asked what the Kiwis needed to do to beat Australia, McCullum joked: "Get one more run than they do, normally."

He went on to say that staying positive was the most important weapon in their arsenal, as it had worked well for them over the past two years.

He added: "We’ve got to keep the positive mindset, that’s what works for us. 

"That sits comfortably with us, it’s more authentic that style of play to the personnel in the unit and probably with us as people, as Kiwis. 

"It’s not always going to work but it gives us our greatest chance and we’ve said that time and time again over the last couple of years. 

"We’ll go and play some positive cricket and hopefully the gods will shine on us."

He also said that being a 'nice guy' was just who he was, and that one would have to ask Aussie skipper Steve Smith if the lack of negative aggression unsettled the Aussies.

McCullum said: "It’s probably a question for Smithy. (But) it’s better than not being a nice guy I reckon. 

"We’re certainly not spending any energy on that sort of stuff, I’m sure the series will be played in great spirits. 

"With Steve Smith and with Darren Lehmann as (Australia) coach, the two teams will get on well. 

"We’ll just go and play our cricket and have a good time while we’re at it. 

"It will be healthy competition on the field and it should be played in good spirits but for us the focus will be very much on our skills rather than anything else."

Being in court in London, McCullum has not had a chance to train much with the pink ball for the third Test, and he says he's looking at the first two matches now, and will worry about the historic first day-night Test when they get there.

He said: "It is what it is, I know there's been a bit of negativity around it (day-night Test) but I guess we'll find out with the pink ball whether it works or not. 

"We'll deal with the third one when it arrives. We normally only get a two-match series (in Australia) so it's quite nice to have a third one. 

"It would also be nice if we had a Boxing Day Test one day in Melbourne, but I'll be well retired by that stage I'd say."