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Thumping win shows team’s class: McCullum

Sydney Sixers all-rounder revels in his team’s 10-wicket win to lift CLT20 trophy

It’s not often that you see a spinner dominating the proceedings opening the bowling in the first innings of a Twenty20 match on a South African wicket. But Nathan McCullum did just that. And his effort made his team the 2012 Champion of the Champions.

The Kiwi off-spinner was instrumental in the Sydney Sixers dismissing the Highveld Lions for 121 runs, which set the tone for their big 10-wicket win in the final of the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2012.

After claiming the title, McCullum had a quick chat with clt20.com in which he spoke about the ploy of him opening the bowling and winning the biggest T20 prize in the world.

Excerpts from his interview:

What are your first words after victory?

It’s amazing. It’s a fantastic feeling. Knocking down the runs without losing any wickets feels even more special. We were good right though the tournament.

Tell us about the plan of you opening the bowling.

It’s something that I’ve done before. They had a few left-handers and it was something that we planed and thankfully it came off today. Things worked in my favour and it was a nice wicket to bowl on as a spinner.

Was the wicket was bad to bat on as it seemed during the Lions’ innings?

The wicket did take a little bit of turn but it wasn’t too bad to bat on. I thought all of our bowlers bowled really well and we fielded really well. To be able to play like we did, in the final, it shows the class of this team.

Who would the team want o dedicate this win to?

The boys have gone so well throughout the tournament. We’ve done the basics really well and this win is a credit to the hard work of all the players and management.

What does this win mean to the team?

It’s amazing. The boys have talked about coming here. To win the Big Bash last year and backing it up with a win in this tournament is the icing on the cake. 

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