McCullum knows Kiwis should've batted first

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Skipper Brendon McCullum has conceded the decision to bowl first after winning the toss was the wrong decision, but welcomed a comfortable eight-wicket victory – and two-nil series triumph – over the West Indies regardless.

Skipper Brendon McCullum has conceded the decision to bowl first after winning the toss was the wrong decision, but welcomed a comfortable eight-wicket victory – and two-nil series triumph – over the West Indies regardless.

The Seddon Park pitch in Hamilton produced uncharacteristic turn, and largely contributed to spinner Sunil Narine taking six key wickets in the hosts' first innings.

The Black Caps' seam attack, however, remained true to form – and dismissed the Windies for a mere 103 in the second innings. Opener Hamish Rutherford and half-centurion Kane Williamson, later, ensured a modest target was achieved with sufficiency.

"In the first two Tests, we lost the toss and were faced with green wickets and still managed 600 and 440, which were outstanding. Here, we made the wrong decision at the toss and still managed to come out with the result," said McCullum.

"In hindsight we should have batted first, we misread the wicket, and obviously when we saw it turning and bouncing, there was a bit of concern there but, thankfully, we were able to get as close to their score as we did."

While batsman Ross Taylor was named Man of the Match and Player of the Series on the back of a third consecutive century, McCullum was pleased to overcome an imposing opposition order – led by centurions Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dinesh Ramdin.

"After the resistance they showed in the first innings, we thought even if we'd managed to get a couple of quick ones that the progress they made through Shivnarine and Denesh was going to come to the fore again, but we managed to dismiss Shivnarine pretty early and that's when we believed we could run through them," he added.

The Black Caps and Windies will soon meet for five ODIs, the first of which will get underway in Auckland on Thursday. Napier, Queenstown, Nelson and Hamilton will host ODIs two, three, four and five respectively. Two Twenty20 Internationals will follow.

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