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World Cup: McCullum sends cheeky letter to get fans excused from work

WorldCup2015 Updated: Mar 24, 2015 01:20 IST
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Brendon McCullum

If you are a New Zealand cricket fan who has to go to work while the BlackCaps battle South Africa in the 2015 World Cup semi-finals, Brendon McCullum has got your back.

Ahead of Tuesday's match in Auckland, the Kiwi skipper has sent out a tongue-in-cheek letter intended for offices in the country and invited fans to be at the Eden Park to cheer on the home team.

This is what McCullum's letter says:

Here's hoping that India's MS Dhoni also does something similar for Indian fans before Australia face the Men in Blue in the other semi-final on Thursday.

Both New Zealand and Australia will be looking to entering their maiden World Cup final. The Kiwis will play their seventh semi-final and they not only need to overcome the pressure of expectations but also a resilient South Africa.

Meanwhile, AB de Villiers' men are eager not to suffer again the agonies of failing at the penultimate hurdle - which they have done thrice already.

Speaking at the pre-match media conference ahead of the contest, McCullum said, "It will be no different to every other game, I think. We talk a lot about this being the greatest time of our lives and the trip that we've been on so far has been one that we'll all remember.

"The game is meant to be fun, go out there, express yourself, enjoy the occasion, put our best foot forward, and we'll see where the cards fall after that."

The 33-year-old said his team was looking forward to the battle despite some of them being a little apprehensive about the outcome of the match.

"The boys are pretty excited. Some guys get nervous, yeah. I think any game that you play some guys in your squad get more nervous than others," he said.

"But I think overall the general feeling is one that we just can't wait to get out there and display our skills, test our skills against a very good South African team and obviously in a crunch game, as well."

The co-hosts have gone through the pool stage undefeated.

(With inputs from Agencies)