McCullum puts defeat behind him

  • Last Updated: January 10 2013, 22:35 GMT

Brendon McCullum says New Zealand have put last week's huge defeat to South Africa behind then ahead of the second Test at Port Elizabeth.

Brendon McCullum: Focused on the second Test
Brendon McCullum: Focused on the second Test

The Black Caps were bowled out for their third lowest Test total of 45 en route to an innings-and-27-run loss in the first Test in Cape Town.

While Dean Brownlie registered a century second time around, it was not enough to save face as the hosts cantered to victory inside three days.

Recovering some sense of pride will be a target for New Zealand, who have appeared to be in a state of turmoil both on and off the field for the last couple of months.

Ross Taylor was controversially deposed as captain in all three formats despite guiding them to a Test series-levelling victory in Sri Lanka, with McCullum thrust into the role.

They were firm underdogs against the Proteas but being bowled out for 45 in under 20 overs in Cape Town raised quite a few eyebrows.

"We don't overlook what happened in that first innings in Cape Town, but we can't dwell on that kind of stuff otherwise it affects ability and confidence," McCullum told Cricinfo.

"We made some really good adjustments in a short space of time and showed some qualities that we want to be known for as New Zealand cricketers.

"There were some really tough times that we will never live down but at the same time, we have to learn lessons from that. We've got a team that we think is capable of performing in these conditions.

"We want to play with as much pride and capability as we can. We know people want a fighting performance from us and we want to deliver that."

New Zealand will at least be relieved seamer Vernon Philander - who took five wickets at a cost of seven runs in New Zealand's disastrous first-innings - is unavailable due to a hamstring strain.

His absence will allow Morne Morkel to open the bowling alongside Dale Steyn, with Rory Kleinveldt coming in to the side.

Kleinveldt made his Test debut against Australia in November last year and claims his second match against the same opponents in Adelaide was a significant experience.

"It was important for me," Kleinveldt told Cricket South Africa's website. "It was a tough learning curve for me, obviously playing on flat pitches against good opposition was a massive step up for me from domestic cricket, I learnt a lot from that."

South Africa vice-captain AB de Villiers is confident Kleinveldt will be an excellent replacement for Philander.

"We all know what he is capable of," De Villiers said. "We have seen him perform at domestic level and also in Adelaide where he bowled well.

"I have faced him quite a lot in the nets before. It's different to what it is in the middle, but he is always consistent and asks a lot of questions."

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