9 Jan 2009

McCullum confident of runs as coach says soothing words

6:25 pm on 9 January 2009

The New Zealand cricketers face the West Indies on Saturday in Auckland with the one day series on the line at 1-1 with two matches left.

The batting and in particular the top order remains the headache for the home side - and one who's looking to improve is the opening batsman Brendon McCullum.

The wicketkeeper's averaged just under 10 runs so far this series but says Black Caps coach Andy Moles has been really positive about his batting despite the slump.

McCullum says Moles is a great confidence booster and has told him to just play his game, keep still and he'll be capable of batting for a long spell.