Black Caps' sleepless night

12:20 pm on 25 March 2015

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum said the side was not thinking about Sunday's World Cup final yet as they prepare to fly to Melbourne this afternoon.

He said they preferred to celebrate their epic semi-final victory against South Africa.

There was little sleep for the New Zealand players last night as they enjoyed the euphoria of their four wicket win to become the first New Zealand side to qualify for a world cup final.

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The team gathered with family and friends after the match and coach Mike Hesson said they simply could not get to sleep after their pulsating penultimate ball win when man of the match Grant Elliott hit Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyne down the ground for six.

McCullum said when he sat down with South Africa captain A B de Villiers after the game, de Villiers told him he had never played in front of such an initimidating crowd.

Paceman Trent Boult told Nine to Noon the victory was a special moment.

Trent Boult in action against South Africa.

Trent Boult in action against South Africa. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

He said it was personally one of the best feelings he had had as a player and it showed the depth in the New Zealand team.

"We always knew that we were going to fight hard ... if one man couldn't do it, it was up to the next one.

"The best thing about this team, that next guy's always eager to put his hand up.

"Grant did a helluva job last night and everyone's very proud of him."

Boult said AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis showed their class last night and punished New Zealand's attack.

"We knew we had a job on our hands come the second innings - but just an amazing feat from the batting unit to chase down 300 like that in 43 overs - it's something spectacular."

He said Brendon McCullum's clean-striking at the top of the innings was a psychological boon.

"The whole team, and I guess half the nation, knows how valuable Brendon is to our batting lineup and for him to go out there and to set us up like that and to get us off to that flyer - it's massive."

Boult was excited about the prospect of playing the final at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground, but would not be drawn on whether he would rather face reigning champions India, or co-hosts Australia.

"Nah, nah, we're happy to be there first of all. It's going to be 90-odd thousand people in the MCG, it's going to be amazing, so no, we're not too fussed on who we have to play, we'll just see what it is, we'll prepare the same, and just go from there," he said.

Former Black Cap, big-hitting left-handed batsman Mark Greatbatch, said New Zealand had the right mixture of youth and experience to succeed.

Speaking on Nine to Noon he said he did not believe the occasion at the MCG would overawe them.

"The MCG is a big ground, there's no doubt about it, but the pitch is made of dirt, it's not that different, at the end of the day, they will be savouring going out there and playing in their first final.

"And there will be nerves and there will be failures, but there will be successes because people will be inspired by the occasion, and let's hope that five or six of our boys on that day can put contributions together to help us win a game of cricket."

Greatbatch also believed New Zealand's attack had the goods to do some damage at the MCG.

"It's a tough game for the bowlers with modern one day cricket, but they're just going to have to soak it up, someone's going to have to step up and do it again."

Greatbatch said Boult was impressive at Eden Park swinging the ball and taking early wickets and thought that young quick Matt Henry, replacement for Adam Milne, had acquitted himself well too.

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