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World Cup 2015: New Zealand

McCullum's Popeye arm not a worry - Hesson

Feb 28, 2015: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson joked that Brendon McCullum's arm looked a bit like Popeye's following a fearsome blow by Mitchell Johnson

Andrew McGlashan

NZ v Aus, Group A, Auckland

McCullum patched up after Johnson blow

Feb 28, 2015: A nation held its breath for a moment when Brendon McCullum was struck on the arm by Mitchell Johnson at Eden Park, but the prognosis for the New Zealand captain is positive with no initial signs of serious injury

Andrew McGlashan in Auckland

New Zealand v Australia, World Cup 2015, Group A, Auckland

Australia batting 'extremely poor', concedes Clarke

Feb 28, 2015: Michael Clarke has conceded that Australia have focused too much on power hitting and not enough on negotiating the swinging ball during their preparation for this World Cup

Brydon Coverdale in Auckland

New Zealand v Australia, World Cup 2015, Group A, Auckland

Ice-cool Williamson wins New Zealand a thriller

Feb 28, 2015: This was the match the 2015 World Cup was crying out for, a competitive contest between two major sides, and the co-hosts played out a thriller in front of a packed and partisan Auckland crowd

The Report by George Binoy

New Zealand v Australia, World Cup 2015, Group A, Auckland

New Zealand embrace expectation and attention

Feb 27, 2015: This World Cup has already been an unprecedented experience for New Zealand. It is not about to calm down as they face Australia at Eden Park

Andrew McGlashan in Auckland

New Zealand v Australia, World Cup 2015, Group A, Auckland

Different styles, but deep respect between New Zealand and Australia

Feb 27, 2015: Much is made of the trans-Tasman rivalry - and both Australia and New Zealand will go hard at each other in perhaps contrasting ways at Eden Park - but their players get on well with each other

Brydon Coverdale in Auckland

New Zealand have more self-belief now

Feb 27, 2015: They've drawn from their captain's aggressive style, and their crowds will get up Australia's face. Clarke and Co. have their work cut out

Ricky Ponting

Will New Zealand's momentum overpower Australia?

Feb 26, 2015: They only need to follow the example of their aggressive captain, who doesn't let insecurity undermine him

Mark Nicholas

New Zealand v Australia, World Cup 2015, Group A, Auckland

Warner hopes to force McCullum 'brain explosion'

Feb 24, 2015: David Warner has great respect for Brendon McCullum, but thinks the secret to countering his influence this Saturday will be to force him to have a "brain explosion"

Brydon Coverdale in Auckland

New Zealand in England 2015

IPL cuts into New Zealand Test preparation

Feb 23, 2015: The issue of the IPL clashing with the international calendar has arisen once again with the news that several key members of the New Zealand side are likely to arrive in England just two days before the start of the first Test between the two countries i

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington

The electrifying Brendon McCullum

Feb 20, 2015: The New Zealand captain ensured the Wellington crowd were entertained by swing bowling and fielding of a rare standard, and then he sated their desire for aggressive shots too

George Binoy in Wellington

New Zealand v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington

Southee, McCullum trample England

Feb 20, 2015: Tim Southee produced one of the great displays of ODI bowling and Brendon McCullum hammered a World Cup record 18-ball fifty as New Zealand produced a display of scarcely believable dominance in Wellington

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

New Zealand v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington

McCullum has sympathy but no slack for mate Morgan

Feb 19, 2015: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was genial when asked about the struggles of one of his "better mates," England counterpart Eoin Morgan, who has scored two runs in his last five innings leading up to Friday's clash in Wellington

George Binoy in Wellington

NZ v Scotland, World Cup 2015, Group A, Dunedin

Questions for NZ top order after tricky chase

Feb 17, 2015: New Zealand may have suffered from lack of intensity chasing Scotland's meagre score, but it is possible that the team's batting may be more vulnerable than recent results have suggested

Andrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

New Zealand v Scotland, World Cup 2015, Group A, Dunedin

'I wouldn't change Kane for anyone in the world at 3'

Feb 16, 2015: Brendon McCullum attempts to suppress his excitement about Williamson's potential, but he can't help but predict great things for the batsman

Andrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

NZ v SL, World Cup 2015, Group A, Christchurch

McCullum sets the tone

Feb 14, 2015: New Zealand were not short on confidence coming into their World Cup opening game against Sri Lanka but to see Brendon McCullum take the game by the scruff of its neck was an uplifting experience

Andrew McGlashan

NZ v SL, World Cup 2015, Group A, Christchurch

Anderson, McCullum set up massive win

Feb 14, 2015: In an opening-day display as emphatic as any in previous World Cup, New Zealand mauled Sri Lanka by 98 runs at the Hagley Oval

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2015, Group A, Christchurch

Great build-up, but slate is now clean - McCullum

Feb 13, 2015: None of the New Zealand players have been afraid to laud the side's recent performances, least of all Brendon McCullum, but on the eve of the World Cup he knew the time for looking back was finished

Andrew McGlashan in Christchurch

New Zealand news

McCullum named NZ sportsman of the year

Feb 11, 2015: Brendon McCullum has been named the New Zealand sportsman of the year, becoming the first cricketer to win the title since Martin Crowe in 1991

ESPNcricinfo staff

World Cup 2015

McCullum confident of NZ chances

Feb 6, 2015: Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, believes the momentum the current team has built over the last few months could help them cross the line this time

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