The McCullum effect: How a blue-collar urchin rekindled New Zealand's love of cricket

"He batted down at nine or 10, but he had a great attitude," Cushen recalled. "I remember, once we were playing Southland Boys' High and it was a close game, but we got down to our last wicket and needed 16 runs off the final over to win.

In those days, the thinking was, if you can't win, then you don't bloody lose. I sent out the call to see off the last over. Baz was going, 'I can do this. I can do it.' I said, 'No, you won't.' He listened, but that was him to a tee. Even at that age there was nothing he didn't think he couldn't do."