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McCullum to skip tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe

Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain is set to skip the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa. Recently, post the ODI series against England, McCullum said that he wasn’t too sure about the future of his ODI career. It is now believed that McCullum, in order to prolong his test career, will limit his ODI appearances.

The hard hitting New Zealand captain signed a contract with the New Zealand Cricket board, which means that he will lead the side atleast till the 2016 T20 World Cup in India. The premier reason behind McCullum skipping the tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa is that he wants to ensure that he is fit for the test matches against Australia in late 2015.

“It’s a critical time for the team,” McCullum said. “We’ve had a very good past 18 months but we’ve got some real challenges ahead of us and we need to keep making progress. This is a young, emerging side with some very big series on the horizon and it’s a really exciting time to be involved. 

McCullum had a good tour of England as the test series was drawn. England won a closely fought ODI series and the solitary T20 game. Post the limited overs leg of the tour, McCullum did not sound too optimistic about his ODI future. He was quoted saying back then, “I don’t know. We’ll wait and see. We’ll let the dust settle on this. It’s been a great year, an incredible summer for us. We’ve scaled some heights that hadn’t been done before from our country … I’ve enjoyed the last two years. The body’s a bit sore at the moment but we’ll see what happens.”

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White backed McCullum’s decision, and said in a press release, “Under Brendon, the Blackcaps have enjoyed unprecedented success over the past 18 months and to have him remaining at the helm for another year is extremely good news. Brendon has proved himself to be an exceptional player and leader and the side will be much stronger for his presence.”

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