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CHRISTCHURCH---New Zealand po-
lice say the theft of five laptop
computers from a guarded Cricket
World Cup accreditation centre in
Christchurch was not a security
Superintendent Gary Knowles
told reporters at a news conference
yesterday the laptops contained
"information of a very low level in
relation to vetting of volunteers and
He said "they contained no infor-
mation that could breach security.
They will not impact any way here
or Australia in terms of security.
They are securely passworded. We
would just like to get those back."
The laptops were stolen from a
building near Hagley Oval where
the opening World Cup match be-
tween New Zealand and Sri Lanka
will be played on Saturday.
The facility was being used as a
base for volunteers and to issue ac-
Laptops stolen from Cricket World Cup facility
"I d say Jimmy
Faulkner. He s done it
consistently for the
last 18 months under
a lot of pressure, he s
got it done just about
every single time. So
for me Jimmy by quite
a long way."
says his teammate
James Faulkner is the
best finisher in the
Call: 623-8870 (Ext:
2213, 2711, 2212, 2192)
BRITTO scored one
goal and had an assist
to lead W Connec-
tion to a 2-1 victory
over Defence Force in
the Digicel Pro
League at the Ato
Couva, on Tuesday.
New Zealand had a resounding win
over South Africa while Sri Lanka was
beaten by Zimbabwe in surprising
results from two of yesterday s four
Cricket World Cup warm-up match-
es.Elsewhere, Pakistan beat England by
four wickets in Sydney, and Australia
had an easy win over the United Arab
Emirates in Melbourne.
Cup co-host New Zealand continued
its impressive recent form by beating
favoured South Africa by 134 runs in
Christchurch. Brendon McCullum made
59 and Kane Williamson 66 as New
Zealand scored 331-8 in 50 overs before
bowling out South Africa for 197.
Sri Lanka s confidence took a big hit
when Zimbabwe surpassed its total of
281-3 in only 45.2 overs, led by Hamil-
ton Masakadza s unbeaten 117 from 119
balls in Lincoln, New Zealand.
Sri Lanka opens the tournament
against New Zealand on Saturday in
Michael Clarke returned from ham-
string surgery to captain Australia and
top-score against the UAE with 64
runs as the hosts, winning the toss,
won by 188 runs. Australia made 304-
8 before restricting the UAE to 116 in
Clarke, who opened the batting, had
been given until February 21, when
Australia takes on Bangladesh in Bris-
bane, to prove his fitness for the tour-
He was not expected to take part in
Australia s opener against England at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but
yesterday s performance might change
At the Sydney Cricket Ground, Mis-
bah-ul-Haq scored an unbeaten 91 as
Pakistan beat England.
England won the toss and totalled
250-8, with Joe Root making 85 and
Gary Ballance adding 57. But Pakistan
reached 252-6 with seven balls to spare.
Pakistan, just behind England in the
one-day rankings, opens its World Cup
campaign on Sunday in Adelaide
against neighbour and chief rival India.
Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with
58 in Sri Lanka s 279-8 after winning
the toss against Zimbabwe. Jeevan
Mendis made 51 and Mahela Jayawar-
dene and Lahiru Thirimanne both made
30, but none of the top-order batsmen
were able to go on and make a big score.
New Zealand was also emphatic in
its win over South Africa, which plays
its first match on Sunday against Zim-
babwe in Hamilton. The innings of
McCullum and Williamson, with sup-
port from Ross Taylor (41), Martin Gup-
till (26) and Grant Elliott (24), set a
strong platform for the Black Caps.
South Africa was in trouble at 62-
6 with captain AB de Villiers --- return-
ing after a right hip injury --- out for
24. JP Duminy made 80 from 98 balls,
and Vernon Philander 57 from 84 balls,
but their slow partnership left South
Africa with little chance of running
down New Zealand s total.
England's batsman Alex Hales, left, and team mate Gary Balance run between
the wicket during their Cricket World Cup warm-up match against Pakistan in
Sydney, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
...as SA, S Lanka lose warm ups
has enjoyed unprecedented success
since his appointment as New Zealand
cricket captain in 2012---winning five
of his last seven tests. Perhaps his
greatest success in that time, though,
has been in winning the approval of
the New Zealand cricket public.
His appointment was initially met
with criticism from some fans, who
have regarded him at best with grudging
For some time in a career of prodi-
gious individual achievement, and before
his aggressive and inventive captaincy
became a factor in New Zealand s team
revival, McCullum was more highly
regarded overseas than at home.
For several reasons, a large section
of New Zealand fans were slow to warm
to McCullum even when his perform-
ances, first in limited-overs matches
then more regularly in tests saw him
hailed as among the best batsmen in
There are aspects of McCullum s per-
sonality which, in the past, have jarred
with New Zealand sensibilities. He
describes himself as "brash" but has
sometimes been perceived by New
Zealanders as arrogant, a major fault
for Kiwis who expect their sports stars
to behave with humility however well
they perform on the world stage.
McCullum came into the New
Zealand team with a substantial rep-
utation but struggled at first to live up
to expectations: his first test centuries
were made against Zimbabwe and
Bangladesh and it took five years before
he scored his first against one of the
eight more established test nations.
He has been slow to shake an image
of inconsistency. McCullum has now
scored 11 test centuries, including the
first triple century by a New Zealander,
three double centuries and other innings
of 195, and 185.
But he has an average of 38.87---43.1
as captain---which reflects, to some
extent, his mixed form and the various
roles he has had to perform in the New
Zealand batting lineup: from opening
to batting at No 7.
His naturally aggressive style also
made McCullum vulnerable to criticism.
At times he has appeared reckless, losing
his wicket by hitting out at times when
more circumspection was necessary.
McCullum also, through no fault of
his own but because he was instantly
in demand in the Indian Premier
League, might have been seen by some
New Zealanders as the epitome of the
modern, more mobile and more mer-
cenary professional cricketer.
He gave a face to the perception that
cricketers increasingly place the income
from lucrative Twenty20 Leagues ahead
of playing for their country.
Lastly, McCullum became inextricably
tangled in the controversy over the firing
of his predecessor, Ross Taylor. The
treatment of Taylor alienated many
New Zealand cricket fans and efforts
by coach Mike Hesson and New Zealand
Cricket retrospectively to justify their
handling of the issue appeared to lack
McCullum became embroiled in the
controversy, not only because he was
Taylor s successor but because of his
long friendship with Hesson.
From that unpromising beginning,
though, McCullum has grown to
become one of New Zealand s most
popular captains and players and Hesson
is now respected as a successful coach.
Captain McCullum now the people's choice
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