Brendon McCullum says New Zealand can be proud of World Cup efforts
Last Updated: 29/03/15 3:04pm
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he was very proud of his team, despite their World Cup final defeat to Australia in Melbourne.
The Black Caps came into the match unbeaten in the tournament but McCullum admitted they were second best on the day after Australia had wrapped up a seven-wicket victory.
McCullum was bowled for a first-over duck by player of the tournament Mitchell Starc when New Zealand batted first and, although they recovered from a bad start to reach 150-3, they then lost three wickets for one run.
New Zealand were eventually dismissed for 183 and Aussie skipper Michael Clarke then made 74 in his last ever one-day international, before they reached their target with almost 17 overs to spare.
McCullum said: "It's been one hell of a ride for us.
"We played some outstanding cricket but we ran into an outstanding Australia team tonight who continue to set the way in world cricket.
We've forged memories and friendships that will last forever. The brand of cricket we've played is something we're immensely proud of.
"They deserved to win and Michael Clarke deserves to bow out as world champion.
"We've got no regrets, as a cricketer this is the greatest stage you can ask for.
"We've forged memories and friendships that will last forever. The brand of cricket we've played is something we're immensely proud of.
"It is the greatest time of our lives and that's the way we've tried to play the game. I'm immensely proud of all the guys."
Regarding the Starc delivery which bowled him, McCullum added: "It was a quick one. It all unfolded not as we planned.
"I thought we got ourselves back in the game at 150 for three but Australia, as they do, put us back under pressure.
“With 180, you still dare to dream, and it could have ended up differently with a couple of things going our way, but we were the second-best team.”