New Zealand cricket team captain Brendon McCullum has announced in a press conference that he will retire from international cricket after the test match between Australia and New Zealand which will commence from 20th February 2016. McCullum wished to announce his retirement after playing his final game but looking at the ICC World T20 2016 squad selection, he made his decision known to all. Following his decision, Kane Williamson has been named the captain for ICC World T20 2016 New Zealand squad.
McCullum said, “Ideally, I would have preferred to wait until after the ANZ Test in Christchurch to make this news public. However, the schedule for naming the ICC World T20 squads means I couldn’t have managed this without causing a lot of confusion and speculation – something I was keen to avoid. I’ve loved my opportunity to play for, and captain the BLACKCAPS, but all good things have to come to an end, and I’m just grateful for the wonderful experience of playing for my country.”
Brendon Barrie McCullum made his international ODI debut against Australia at Sidney in 2002 and his test debut against South Africa at Hamilton in 2004. His T20I debut was against Australia at Auckland in 2005. A prolific run getter, McCullum is known in the world of cricket for his ability to hit big sixes and score at the rate of knots. From his 99 test matches so far, he has amassed 6273 runs at an average of 38.48 with 11 centuries. His highest score in tests is 302.
In his ODI career, McCullum has scored 5909 runs from 254 matches at an average of 30.30. He has scored 5 ODI centuries with the highest score being 166. He has also played 71 international T20s and scored 2140 runs at an average of 35.66 with 2 centuries. His highest score in T20Is is 123. Brendon McCullum is one of the very few players who have scored a century in all three formats of international cricket matches.
Statistics cannot measure the talent, enthusiasm and power McCullum brings into cricket. Perhaps his greatest achievement is his ability to terrorize even the bowlers of highest calibres like Dale Steyn and Mitchel Johnson. His highest cricketing achievement came in 2015 when the BLACKCAPS reached the final of Cricket World Cup 2015 final under his captaincy.