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New Zealand will enjoy semis battle: McCullum

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Auckland, March 23: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum on Monday said his message to the team ahead of their cricket World Cup semi-fil clash against South Africa will be to put their best foot forward and enjoy the occasion.

Speaking at the pre-match media conference ahead of their Tuesday's contest, McCullum said: "It will be no different to every other game, I think. We talk a lot about this being the greatest time of our lives and the trip that we've been on so far has been one that we'll all remember."

"The game is meant to be fun, go out there, express yourself, enjoy the occasion, put our best foot forward, and we'll see where the cards fall after that."

On losing their third seamer Adam Milne due to a left heel injury, the skipper said it was disappointing especially given the fact that he has put on such an impressive show with the ball for New Zealand.

"Yeah, it's obviously disappointing. Adam has been outstanding for us in that third seamer role throughout the tourment. Injuries happen, though, and in the end we've got some good cover amongst the squad, as well," he said.

"It's really disappointing for Adam. But he'll remain part of the squad, which is good, because he's a good team man, as well, good fellow to have around, and it's disappointing his tourment as such has ended."

The 33-year-old said his team was looking forward to the battle despite some of them being a little apprehensive about the outcome of the match. IANS

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