As New Zealand and Australia battle it out at Hamilton for the series, one of New Zealand cricket’s biggest icon will be bidding adieu to the game. Brendon McCullum will walk out for the final time in ODI’s when he leads New Zealand against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia on Monday. McCullum’s ODI career spread across 14 illustrious years has been significant in the growth of New Zealand cricket. He made his debut in 2002 against the same opposition.
Middle order batsman and future captain Kane Williamson admitted the in the pre-match conference that there was no distraction in the middle despite McCullum’s looming retirement. Williamson said that the Kiwis would look to win and seal the series 2-1.
“It’s a big moment for Baz and all the guys that have played with him for so long but the focus is certainly on the game tomorrow,” Williamson said. “In a short series like this, you have to stay positive. We’re playing some good cricket. Yesterday we weren’t at our best and Australia showed why they’re one of the top teams in the world,” he added.
Former Australian captain Allan Border praised McCullum for his contribution to New Zealand and said, “I think what he has done for New Zealand cricket in recent times, and just the way he plays the game, he has dragged the rest of the guys with him. New Zealand now are a very, very competitive cricketing nation. They are good fun to watch and play against and have been well led by Brendon. He’s been the talisman for that revival here.”