This from Chris Rattue a NZ sports journo, Saying what many have been too scared to say :
"Time to harden up
Brendon McCullum's side had an outstanding World Cup tournament. But spare us all this nonsense about being proud of how they performed in the final. Who cares if they were polite? Their batting was rubbish in the ultimate game. No professional sports person or their fans should be so ridiculously proud of that.
What do batting better and hardening up have to do with each other? Utter bollocks from old Ratty. NZ were outplayed, but even our best performer - Grant Elliott - was a model citizen in this game. I suppose if he'd "hardened up" then he'd have scored a ton and taken some wickets or some old bollocks. Quite frankly, I'm overjoyed with how the New Zealand team have performed over the past 12 months, and a good part of that has to be due to the culture within the team. There's no need to mess with it just because they lost to an Australian team who were vastly superior on the day.