Second ODI: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum keen to keep ODI form going

Last Updated: 02/06/13 9:01pm

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Brendon McCullum: Hoping to keep 50-over form going into Champions Trophy

Brendon McCullum: Hoping to keep 50-over form going into Champions Trophy

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hopes his side's form will continue during the ICC Champions Trophy.

The Kiwis secured a 2-0 series victory over England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton with Martin Guptill's second successive century giving them more than enough runs to defend.

England were left needing a monumental 360 to win and although Jonathan Trott batted well for an unbeaten century, New Zealand added to their Lord's victory and sealed NatWest Series glory with one game remaining.

They are also in England's group in the Champions Trophy (along with Australia and Sri Lanka) but McCullum was wary of getting over-confident for the games with real meaning that are on his side's schedule.

"It's an incredibly proud moment for us. Credit to how Martin has played in these two games," McCullum said.

"When he's going there are a few guys round who strike the ball as cleanly as he does. Any time you score 189 in a one day game you deserve to come out on the right side of the result.

"The way we respond after the Test series is really pleasing. When we play to our potential we are a really tough team to beat.

"When the Champions Trophy comes around we just have to play as well.

"I think it was the batsmanship through the middle stages that I found the most impressive. It was great through those middle phases at Lord's the other day, but today I thought it even went up a notch. The batsmanship was outstanding to see.

"We all know his striking ability, and when you couple those two aspects together I'd probably say it's as good an innings as we've seen in one-day cricket from New Zealand."

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