Sydney: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has said his young team can take various positives from the three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa despite losing it 2-1 following their 33-runs defeat at Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day.
McCullum said the result is a disappointment given the way the Black Caps bounced back from a big defeat by levelling the series with a last-ball victory in East London, News.com.au reports. McCullum said South Africa won the bigger moments in the game and the Kiwis could have done better at those moments.
New Zealand`s T20 team contained five newcomers and four of them, the Auckland pair of seamer Mitchell McClenaghan and batsmen Colin Munro, Northern Districts all-rounder Corey Anderson and Otago batsman Jimmy Neesham, made their debuts and went on to play in all three matches.
Left-arm opening bowler McClenaghan was the pick of the New Zealand attack at St George``s Park, removing Davids for 68 and finishing his four overs with 2-24.
South Africa went on to post 179-6, four of their wickets going to catches by Anderson, three of them in the deep.
McCullum was particularly pleased by the performances of the newcomers and believes the future of Kiwis is in safe hands.