Tim Seifert watched McCullum on YouTube before blazing innings

Tim Seifert who slammed 84 from 43 in New Zealand's comprehensive 80-run victory over India at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington has revealed that he watched former captain Brendon McCullum's knocks on YouTube to prepare for his innings.

“I YouTubed Brendon McCullum and watched some of his innings. Kinda funny when I got told that I’ll be opening the innings," Seifert told Star Sports.

“Yeah, obviously. I’d be lying if I said Baz wasn’t one of my heroes growing up,” Seifert said at his post-match press conference. “Obviously you try to be yourself out there, but I definitely have looked at Baz throughout my childhood,” he added.

Seifert told EspnCricinfo that he just looked at the field and didn't really practice anything. "It’s just kind of in the spirit of it, but I just thought of his angle, and obviously got him slog-sweeping a couple of times, so I thought he maybe might slow it up," he explained.

The knock also put him in discussion about being promoted for a World Cup spot. "I want to be at this World Cup, but if I get there, fantastic, it’s a dream come true, but if it’s not then there are things to work on and get to the next one,” he added.

--By A Cricket Correspondent