Nathan McCullum to retire

prv_267ea_1446211358Nathan McCullum, the New Zealand allrounder, has announced that he would retire from international cricket at the end of the New Zealand season. The 35-year-old considered the end of this season as the right time to retire, saying he needs to think about the next phase of his life.

McCullum, who made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2009, has appeared in 84 ODIs so far, in which he scored 1,070 runs and claimed 63 wickets. In T20s, he has made 61 appearances for New Zealand and claimed 55 wickets.

McCullum revealed that he wants to hang up his boots in order to spend more time with his family. Speaking to New Zealand Herald, McCullum said: “I don’t want to make a big song and dance about it, but it’s time to start thinking about the next phase of my life. I’ve got the sense that the end of this season is the right time to call it quits in international cricket.”

“It’s been hard work for Vanessa (McCullum’s wife) in the past five years. She’s spent a lot of it pregnant and has had to do it on her own most of the time. It’s time for me to start investing time in my family and being there for dinners and helping the boys with their homework. I’m looking forward to it,” he added.

McCullum, who has confidence in the younger crop of spinners in the New Zealand team, said he might play a mentoring role following his retirement. “We’ve got to get these guys up to speed and I’m looking forward to playing a mentoring role there.”

He also praised his younger brother Brendon, saying: “Every now and then it’s hard case when your little brother is barking orders at you… but he deserves everything he gets in terms of praise. He’s worked his butt off and created this team along with Hess and Mike Sandle.”

McCullum, who took 3/24 in the World Cup 2015 quarter-final match against South Africa, said New Zealand’s victory against the Proteas was a special one. “To come back and win a match we shouldn’t have won was pretty special.” (Courtesy Cricket Buzz)