Thursday 30 March 2017

Black cap McCullum sights off in style

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum celebrates winning the series after the third one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Australia at Seddon Park yesterday. Photo: Michael Bradley/AFP
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum celebrates winning the series after the third one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Australia at Seddon Park yesterday. Photo: Michael Bradley/AFP

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Brendon McCullum bowed out of one-day internationals with a win as New Zealand beat Australia by 55 runs to win the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

The Black Caps skipper, one of the most destructive hitters in the game, was playing in his 260th and final ODI and signs off with 6,083 runs and five centuries.

New Zealand were bowled out for a below-par 246, with McCullum contributing a typically rapid 47, but Australia could not take advantage and Usman Khawaja top-scored with 44 as they were skittled for 191.

"I've been incredibly lucky to play for 14 years and represent my country and play with some great blokes and make some good friends," McCullum said.

The Australians gave McCullum a guard of honour on his way to the wicket and they may have regretted such hospitality as the 34 year old smashed his 47 off just 27 balls, clearing the boundary three times while also hitting six fours.

When he effortlessly clipped Scott Boland off his pads over deep square leg in the eighth over, he brought up his 200th career ODI six.

With the home crowd sensing something special, McCullum's fun ended three runs short of his half-century when he skied Mitchell Marsh to mid-off before leaving the field to a standing ovation.

Marsh was later involved in the game's most controversial moment when, having made 41 off 42 balls, he got an inside edge onto his boot with Henry appealing for a caught and bowled. The umpires took a long time to deliberate and it appeared that they did not go to the third umpire until they had seen the big screen.

The final four wickets then fell in 10 overs, Henry finishing with 3-60, as New Zealand clinched the series 2-1.

Irish Independent

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