We will learn, says McCullum

22 December 2012 06:19:56 EST

New Zealand have been urged to heed the lessons of their first T20 international defeat against South Africa by new captain Brendon McCullum.

Brendon McCullum's New Zealand are aiming to fight back.

The Black Caps suffered a humiliating eight-wickets defeat in Durban as the hosts chased down New Zealand's total of 86 with ease.

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And McCullum admits his side must learn to walk before they can run against the Proteas.

He believes the players tried too hard to put pressure on the hosts from the start, and it backfired badly.

The Black Caps went into the first international of their tour without previous captain Ross Taylor, pace bowler Tim Southee and Martin Guptill, who was ruled out with a stomach bug.

The South African seam battery of Dale Steyn, Ryan McLaren and Rory Kleinveldt reduced the visitors to just 36 for 6 after eight overs.

New Zealand's top four of Rob Nicol, Peter Fulton, McCullum and James Franklin managed only 18 runs, ensuring the workload for the new boys would be a big one.

'We obviously wanted to be aggressive today.

There was never going to be a way back for McCullum's men from that point, with only three of the sides making it to double figures.

''We obviously wanted to be aggressive today, and we obviously wanted to put South Africa under pressure right from the get-go,'' McCullum said.

New Zealand are rated as 11/4 to be victorious in the second T20 international against the South Africans on Sunday, with the hosts 2/7 to clinch the series.

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