Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand skipper said he was in astonishment of Michael Clarke for the way in which the Australian captain managed the tragic death of close friend and team-mate Phillip Hughes.

Phillip Hughes died on 27th November, 2014 two days after being hit by an unintentional deadly bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott in a first-class match in Sydney. is death left the whole cricket world in lamentation.

McCullum said that he thinks they saw during the tragic situations around Phil Hughes’ passing how strong a captain Michael Clarke is and the way that he carried himself, coped with the situation and the way that he spoke on behalf of the squad. He also thinks that Clarke earned exaltation and respect from not just Australian people, but also from the people around the globe. They were certainly in wonder of how he was able to manage himself during that tough time.

McCullum said of Clarke’s return after a hamstring operation, that he thinks he is very much the leader of that squad. The Black Caps are very respectful of that and he also thinks that they are strengthened after his return.

Clarke last played an international match in December 2014, against India in the Adelaide Test.

His comeback was delayed after Australia’s 2nd match in the ICC World Cup was rained off in Brisbane last Saturday having been considered not fully recuperated for the 1st game against England on 14th February.

Michael Clarke said that he has got a great relationship with Brendon and he has obviously played a lot of cricket against him. He also added that he has the utmost respect for the people of New Zealand and the way particularly Brendon and his squad demonstrated that extra respect to Phillip and his family.  



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