8 Dec 2012

McCullum hoping to galvanise team in time for tour

5:39 pm on 8 December 2012

The new New Zealand cricket captain Brendan McCullum says he has some work ahead of him to get the team together and focussed following the debacle over the sacking of Ross Taylor.

Taylor has decided to not go to South Africa next week with McCullum now in control of the team for all 3 forms of the game.

McCullum admits this wasn't the way he wanted to take over the captaincy.

He says he feels for Taylor but at the moment he's more concerned about how the team handles this situation and how they galvanise the unit.

McCullum says he must make sure they pull together in short time to get ready for a tough tour.

He says he's aware of public consternation about how New Zealand cricket handled his installation as the new captain

McCullum says he had no part in removing Taylor and is insulted by rumours that he did.