New Zealand news October 30, 2015

Nathan McCullum to quit international cricket at end of NZ season

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Nathan McCullum, 35, has said that he will retire from international cricket at the end of this New Zealand season to spend more time with his family.

"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," McCullum told the New Zealand Herald. "I've got the sense that the end of this season is the right time to call it quits in international cricket."

The offspinner had a meeting with New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and manager Mike Sandle, and will help mentor young spinners such as Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner over the remainder of his playing career. "We've got to get these guys up to speed and I'm looking forward to playing a mentoring role there."

He said he was also keen to be able to devote more attention to his wife and three young children. "It's been hard work for Vanessa in the past five years," McCullum said. "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."

McCullum made his T20I debut in 2007 against South Africa while his ODI debut came in 2009 against Sri Lanka. Till date, he has taken 63 wickets from 84 ODIs at an average of 46.92 and an economy-rate of 5.01. In T20Is, he has 55 wickets from 61 games at an economy of 6.9. He has also struck four fifties and has a batting average of 20.98 in ODIs.

McCullum said the 2011 World Cup quarter-final win over South Africa was "special." He took 3 for 24 from ten overs as New Zealand defended 221 by 49 runs. "To come back and win a match we shouldn't have won was pretty special."

He had words of praise for his younger brother and captain Brendon. "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."

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  • Yogesh on November 1, 2015, 2:30 GMT

    All the best for the next phase in your life, Nathan. I am an Ind fan based in the US and have watched many of your games. Thanks for all the entertainment and the typically understated never-say-die Kiwi aggression that makes for such attractive cricket. God bless you.

  • Garry on October 31, 2015, 21:44 GMT

    I always though he was a great under achiever with the bat, seemed to always get out when the slog was on, would of liked to have seen him given a opportunity up the order.

  • Vinay Patel on October 31, 2015, 7:58 GMT

    Assisted Vettori's limited overs spin duties and when Vettori was out of the side he filled in the role as good as anyone else could, which is definitely not easy...thanks for the memories NMac, will always remember you for your disciplined, constricting and consistent ODI and T20 spells.

  • Jarrod on October 31, 2015, 4:13 GMT

    Thanks for the Memories Matai, you'll always be regarded as one of our best T20 bowlers and a pugnacious lower order batsmen, don't recall you dropping to many catches either.

  • veetal on October 31, 2015, 4:09 GMT

    quality limited overs bowler.

  • henry on October 31, 2015, 3:36 GMT

    At the expense of Patel who is and has been a far better bowler but just didn't join the right club.

  • Mark on October 30, 2015, 23:26 GMT

    Sorry just read the article - wrong brother but still a good player.

  • Mark on October 30, 2015, 23:23 GMT

    Like others have alluded to - a great 'Impact player' like Flintoff as just one example. Quite bizarre though to announce ones retirement too early, I can remember what it did to Stewart's last season for England. Though if memory serves me correctly didn't Steve Waugh do that and still go out on a successful last home season?

  • Ryan on October 30, 2015, 22:58 GMT

    He's no DannyV, but he's been a good, solid player for NZ over the past 5 or so years. Lately he hasn't been able to tie down ends as he could in the past. Good to see him making this call.

  • Dik on October 30, 2015, 17:52 GMT

    What's with this new trend of players announcing of their retirement announcement! There used to be one announcement from players and it'd be when at the moment of their retirement.

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