It’s a big statement from a player who is entering his fourth World Cup tournament, which will just add to the already massive expectations the team are under from the fans.
McCullum acknowledged that the team for their opening match against Sri Lanka had already been picked, but failed to reveal the line-up, reports stuff.co.nz.
‘We’re comfortable with the team we’ve decided on and it’s going to be exciting for those guys who get first opportunity,’ said McCullum at his pre-match press conference.
‘I haven’t had a chance to speak to the boys not playing yet so out of respect to them we’ll keep our cards close to our chest.
‘But we’re comfortable with the team we’ve decided on and it’s going to be exciting for those guys who get first opportunity.’
The only speculation is around the makeup of the pace attack but it seems Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Adam Milne will get the nod, with spin from Daniel Vettori.
Whatever side New Zealand front with, they will carry the hopes of a nation. McCullum will play his fourth cup and had no doubt as to where this side rated.
‘Certainly the ones that I’ve played in, it’s the best team and we tick most boxes. The style of play is something we’re comfortable with. We’ve had different personnel come in and out but the gameplan has always remained the same.
‘We’ve got a nice mix of youth and experience and a team that I’m really comfortable taking into the World Cup and we’ll give ourselves a good chance.’