McCullum pleased with continuous 'fight'

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was a relieved man after his side beat the West Indies by 53 runs in the third Test, taking the series two-one and saving his blushes after a risky declaration.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was a relieved man after his side beat the West Indies by 53 runs in the third Test, taking the series two-one and saving his blushes after a risky declaration.

McCullum, knowing the series was on the line, declared overnight into day five, leaving the Windies needing a not-impossible 308 to win in 98 overs. But his bowlers did the job and removed the final wicket in the last hour of play.

This gave the Kiwis a first away series win against top eight opposition since 2002, and their first away Test series win since 2008, and that was against Bangladesh. He was delighted with the way his players kept pushing for the win.

McCullum said after the game: "I think to win on the last day of the series and to do it after probably setting a rather bold declaration as well, for so long in this game we were behind the game.

"To come out with the result and a series win overseas against a very stubborn West Indies team is something that we are all very proud of.

"[They] dominated us for a long period of time, the most pleasing aspect for me was that we weathered that storm.

"We kept finding ways to claw our way back in, we kept showing those fighting characteristics we talk a lot about within the group and we want to be known for outside the group."

Aside from the Test win, McCullum was thrilled that they finally had an away series trophy on the books, and that the team continued to improve, following on from series wins against India and the Windies at home.

He said: "Very special, three series, three series wins a row, two at home, people were asking are we just a team that can play well at home, are we good enough to play away from home, how good is this team.

"I think we are showing how good we can be, we are nowhere near the finished product but we are starting to play the brand of cricket and the style of cricket that people want to follow."

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