New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum makes a return to international cricket after an injury lay off that kept him away from the game. He returns to the international frame for the third ODI match against Pakistan and will take over the captaincy duties from Kane Williamson.
He was pleased to see the way Kane led the side during his absence and kept the momentum of the team going, ESPNcricinfo reported.
“I thought Kane did an outstanding job as captain,” McCullum said. “You’re pretty proud when you step back and see that the team still has the same strong values that you tried to instill within the group over the period of time.”
Talking about his retirement McCullum said that he wants to end on high before he leaves which is why he wants to enjoy his remaining time in international cricket. He was also excited to face Australia in his last series for New Zealand at home in February.
“If anything, it’s probably a release of pressure when you know that the time in the spotlight is starting to come towards the end,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to the last month of being around the boys, playing amongst the New Zealand cricket team, and having a good time. Hopefully if we can win a few games and continue what we’ve done over the last 12-18 months – the things that have put smiles on the faces of New Zealand fans.
“Those that know me know I’m either all-in or all out. I’m committed through to the end of the Australian series. I’m really excited about that. I’ve got a little bit of fight left in me for that series.”