New Zealand skipper Brendon Mccullum who had a rather shoddy One day series in England is now contemplating retirement from One day cricket. Mcculum led New Zealand fell short to lose the series 2-3 to England who turned it around and played their best one day cricket in a while to grab the series in sensational style but spare a thought for the Kiwis who were outstanding too on the tour giving the English a run for their money.The teams however would meet for one last time in this sensational tour at the old trafford on Tuesday.
Meanwhile McCullum, who took the Kiwis very close to ultimate glory down under expressed his disappointment over the series loss and but didn’t say anything definitive about playing One day cricket again.
“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. We’ve achieved some really special things and built a real soul about how we want to play the game,” He said.
“I’ve been lucky enough to lead and assist guys and give them the freedom to play that style of cricket. I’ve enjoyed the last two years. The body’s a bit sore at the moment but we’ll see what happens” he added.
It wouldn’t be surprising if McCullum indeed calls it a day sooner rather than later given the fact that the entire summer leading into the world cup and then England tour was quite looked to have taken a toll on the Kiwis. Firstly they lost the world cup final in Melbourne and now ended up on the wrong side in the series decider at Durham after being in a commanding position where England was 44-5 in the seventh over chasing 192 in 26 overs in a rain truncated game.
“We had our chances. We didn’t take them and hence we ran second in the race,” The Kiwi skipper said.
“We started brilliantly; Mitch Santner in particular was very impressive and the other guys were pretty good in their first spells. One more wicket and we would have won the game comfortably. Credit to England as well, when you come in at 50-5 and you have to score at eight or nine an over for that long, it’s not easy but they held their nerve as they have throughout the series.” admitted the captain.