"They are very good players and a lot of them are proven players. They're not the Tendulkars, Laxmans or Dravids, but they're outstanding in their own right. Virat Kohli is one of the best players in the world," McCullum said.
     
"We know how tough a challenge it is but we've got a quiet confidence that if we bowl and field as well as we have this summer then we can expose some not so strong aspects of their play," he asserted.
     
"Pujara too is an excellent player. His statistics are very impressive and he's been a real rock for them. We have to make sure that we hang in there long enough against a guy of his quality," he added.
     
McCullum is hoping that his pacers would be as effective as they were in the 4-0 sweep of the ODI series.
     
"The pace and the bounce will ask some different questions of him and we have to make sure we execute and keep nagging in that area against him," he said.
     
Kohli was burdened in the ODIs as the rest of the batsmen did not put their hand up. While he has Pujara to share his load in the Test series, even so, New Zealand will be very buoyed by the 4-0 result they were able to achieve in the preceding ODI series.
     
"We've played some good cricket at home recently and this is another huge opportunity to really stamp our mark on the summer with two really good performances. Every game we play is an acid test.
     
"We ticked that one off against West Indies and the next challenge is one we've all been looking forward to. After the success we've had recently, it's good for the confidence of the group," McCullum signed off.

 (JPN/Agencies)

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