McCullum rues 60 minutes of mayhem
Brendon McCullum reflected on an “hour of madness” after seeing his New Zealand side slump to a 170-run defeat in the first Investec Test with England.
For more than three days at Lord’s, the Black Caps played their part in an engaging encounter that featured numerous switches in momentum.
When they dismissed England for 213 on the fourth morning to set up a victory target of 239, a tense finale appeared likely.
However, Stuart Broad then struck five times in the 12 overs prior to lunch as New Zealand lurched to 29 for six - a position from which they could not recover.
The outstanding Broad subsequently completed career-best figures of 7-44 to help dismiss the tourists for a measly 68.
In his post-match press conference, McCullum said: “It’s pretty tough to explain at this point in time. The difference between the two teams came down to that one hour of madness.
“For so long during this game we were up with play and at times I actually felt we were dictating terms.
“But in an hour the game turned on its head and I guess England continued to grow in confidence as they kept picking up wickets regularly.”
In their first Test innings this year, New Zealand were skittled for 45 by South Africa in Cape Town.
However, McCullum believes great progress has been made in the intervening period – illustrated by strong performances with the bat in the recent home series against England.
“I think we’ve put distance between the last time that we felt this sort of pain and this time round, and I think we’ve taken some significant step forwards. But today was undoubtedly a step backwards inside that hour,” he explained.
“It’s still important that you remain consistent in the way you go about things. After South Africa we looked at how we worked out the balance of our team and what was required.
“I think we’ve shown significant gains with that strategy and it would be foolish to throw that out now after one hour of mayhem.”
McCullum also acknowledged the admirable efforts of Broad, who surpassed his previous Test-best of 7-72 achieved against West Indies at this venue 12 months ago.
“I think you’ve got to give credit where credit’s due. Stuart Broad’s spell of bowling was high-class,” added New Zealand’s skipper.
“He swung the ball beautifully; he was able to get the odd ball to hold its line up the slope and I thought his lengths were impeccable. He bowled at reasonable pace as well.
“We weren’t quite able to work out a way to get through it, so there’s partial blame there from our point of view, but also there’s credit to Stuart for his performance too.
“Today we were confident that 230 was achievable, but you need a decent start and six for 29 was certainly not the start we were after.”
England’s ultimately thumping win was particularly cruel on Tim Southee, who picked up three further wickets this morning to become only the second New Zealander – after Dion Nash in 1994 – to claim 10 in a Lord’s Test.
“I’m obviously pretty gutted at the moment with the result and I think that personal achievement will sink in later on,” the seamer said.
“It was a special moment coming off and walking through the members’ area. It’s something that you dream of and a moment I will remember forever.”