Kane Williamson Gears Up for Captaincy as Brendon McCullum Announces Retirement Date

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 | 0


New Zealand’s star batsman Kane Williamson is all set to take the reins from Brendon McCullum after the latter announced his retirement date. In a press conference held at Christchurch today, the swashbuckling batsman divulged that the home series against Australia in February would be his international swansong.

This implies that New Zealand will miss the services of McCullum when they travel to India for the World T20 in March next season. The 34-year-old, addressing the media, stated that although he would have waited until the final Test match against Australia to announce his retirement, but that would have created a lot of confusion concerning the subsequent World Cup.

“I’ve loved my opportunity to play for, and captain the BLACKCAPS, but all good things have to come to an end, and I’m just grateful for the wonderful experience of playing for my country,” McCullum was quoted as saying by the Board’s official website.

“Ideally, I would have preferred to wait until after the ANZ Test in Christchurch to make this news public,” he continued. “However, the schedule for naming the ICC World T20 squads means I could not have managed this without causing a lot of confusion and speculation – something I was keen to avoid.

Williamson, who recently became the top-ranked Test batsman, will face baptism by fire as he is slated to lead the New Zealand side at the World T20 in the sub-continental conditions.



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