#U19CWC: Kiwi Under-19s inspired by McCullum’s Black Caps says skipper Finnie

New Zealand captain Josh Finnie said his Under-19 team will be inspired by the fearless brand of cricket New Zealand’s senior team has played in recent times under Brendon McCullum.


McCullum an inspiration

The senior Black Caps excited everyone as they featured in their first-ever ICC Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne last year.

“The Black Caps’ brand of cricket has been a great example of playing with positive intent and representing New Zealand in the best possible way,” said Finnie. “I think all cricketers growing up in New Zealand have seen that and we’ll endeavor to make that a big part of our game as well.”

Finnie also featured in the 2014 event where his side finished 10th, but he is confident of a better show this time. His side have warmed up for the tournament by playing a tri-series against Australia and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates which concluded on Tuesday. New Zealand won two matches and lost once each to Australia and Pakistan.

“The experience of playing in Dubai and being part of the tournament will hopefully help out in this month’s campaign,” Finnie said. “The players we’re taking over are a really talented group, including a couple of guys who have played first-class cricket.”

New Zealand begin their campaign on 30 January against India in Mirpur.

New Zealand Squad

Josh Finnie (capt.), Finnley Allen, Josh Clarkson, Zak Gibson, Christian Leopard, Felix Murray, Aniket Parikh, Dale Phillips, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Talor Scott, Ben Sears, Nathan Smith, Daniel Stanley, Ross ter Braak.

James Buttler

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