New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum announced Tuesday he will retire from general cricket in February, finale one of a sport’s many colorful careers.
The 34-year-old McCullum will turn a initial cricketer to play 100 uninterrupted exam matches when he takes a margin in New Zealand’s initial exam opposite Australia in Wellington from Feb. 12. McCullum is approaching to make a second exam of that array – starting in Christchurch on Feb. 20 – his final compare for New Zealand.
It is approaching that McCullum, one of a world’s hardest-hitting and many innovative batsmen, will also play a singular purpose in New Zealand’s stirring one-day array opposite Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and will skip subsequent year’s Twenty20 World Cup.
“I would have elite to wait until after a exam in Christchurch to make this news public,” McCullum told a news discussion Tuesday. “However, a report for fixing a ICC World T20 squads means we could not have managed this though causing a lot of difficulty and conjecture – something we was penetrating to avoid.
“I’ve desired my event to play for and captain a Black Caps though all good things have to come to an finish and I’m only beholden for a smashing knowledge of personification for my country.”
McCullum, who is approaching to be transposed by 25-year-old batsman Kane Williamson, hopes to continue to make a full grant until his final match.
“There’s a time and place for thoughtfulness and that’s during a finish of your career,” he said. “For now, I’ll be giving all my courtesy to assisting a group concentration on what’s entrance adult over a subsequent few weeks and creation certain we’re in a best probable figure for what’s going to be a really severe summer.”
McCullum done his exam entrance opposite South Africa in 2004 and hasn’t been absent from a New Zealand exam side since. He determined himself initial as a wicketkeeper and reduce sequence batsmen though was forced to give adult gripping late in his career given of a behind damage and has batted aloft in a order.
In his 99 tests to date, McCullum has amassed 6,273 runs to be New Zealand’s second-highest exam run-scorer after former captain Stephen Fleming (7,172). He has scored 9 centuries and averaged 38.48 in tests. Last year he became a initial New Zealander to measure a exam triple century, creation 302 opposite India in Wellington.
That innings, along with dual double centuries, saw him measure 1,164 runs in 2014 that stood as a calendar year record by a New Zealand batsman until Kane Williamson (1,172) surpassed a symbol during this week’s second exam opposite Sri Lanka.
McCullum became New Zealand’s exam and one-day captain in argumentative resources in 2013 when new conduct manager Mike Hesson dismissed Ross Taylor between a initial and second tests.
Public objections about a demeanour of McCullum’s appointment fast subsided as he valid himself an superb leader.
Under McCullum, New Zealand is dominant in tests during home given 2013 – a run of 13 matches – and reached a final of this year’s one-day World Cup.
McCullum also excels in a brief formats, carrying scored 5,909 runs in one-day internationals and 2,140 in Twenty20s.