McCullum wants team to focus on 'warm-up' games to 'iron out rough edges' ahead of Tests

Wellington, May 9 (ANI): New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has advised his team to focus solely on the warm-up matches against the second-tier England Lions, instead of the first Test against the England at Lord's, in order to 'iron out the rough edges'.

New Zealand's second and final warm-up match starts tonight in Leicester, exactly one week before the first test against England at Lord's in London, reports.

According to the report, the comment was probably directed at the top order players, with openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton having missed out twice in the tour opener, while Ross Taylor and McCullum have barely featured in the Indian Premier League to play against England's 'A'.

Admitting that all the15 players in the squad were looking forward to the opportunity to play in England, McCullum said that however, it is important to build on their 107-run win over Derbyshire when they face England's 'A' side in the four-day match so that the rough edges they showed against Derbyshire can be ironed out quickly.

McCullum further said that although each player in his side is looking forward to play in the Tests, it is necessary for them to perform first in the warm-up matches so that they can be gauged ahead of Lord's.

Meanwhile, McCullum said that his teammate Neil Wagner had more chances of playing in at the Lord's Tests than Doug Bracewell, although he added that he is confident that both would do a good job regardless of who is selected. (ANI)


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