Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum has announced his retirement from all international cricket games. He says after leading the team for the first time to a World Cup final earlier this year, it's time for him to step aside.
His announcement has come as a surprise for the Blackcaps heading into the Twenty20 World Cup in March which will be led by Kane Williamson.
McCullum says, “I've had a great time at International Cricket and at some stage that has to come to an end and it has to finish.”
The 34 year-old is expected to play his 100th test against Australia in February to become the first ever New Zealand cricketer to reach that milestone.
He debuted for New Zealand in 2003 and took the captaincy three years ago. A long and distinguished career at the helm of New Zealand cricket.
He says, “I feel incredibly proud to be able to have done it as long as I have and there's a lot of people I have to thank in time.”
McCullum will lead his team against Sri Lanka in the upcoming ANZ One Day International match in New Zealand this week.