Wellington, Feb.11: Retiring New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is planning to bid adieu to his international career with a Test series win against Australia, starting at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday. McCullum, who will play his 100th Test, insisted that it would be a special moment for him to retire with a win at home.
“It would be nice tick off a series win against Australia. We weren’t able to do it away from home, but it would be pretty special to do it at home,” McCullum was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. Talking about achieving another milestone, the 34-year-old said that he felt proud to play 100 Test without missing a single match. (Also Read: Brendon McCullum walks into sunset, leaves behind New Zealand legacy)
McCullum would become the third New Zealander to play 100 Test matches, behind Daniel Vettori (112) and Stephen Fleming (111). “I’m pretty proud about the longevity and being able to overcome not only injuries and but also the toughness of touring and the ups and downs of performance, and still being able to get back up off the canvas and still warrant place in team.
That’s something I can look back on with a bit of pride,” he said. Earlier, McCullum signed off from the one-day format after clinching the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series 2-1 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. He smashed six boundaries and three sixes during the final ODI while making 47 off just 27 balls to reach the milestone of 200 sixes from 260 ODI matches. The right-handed batsman also received a Guard of Honour from the entire team as he walked to the crease and a standing ovation from the spectators.