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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Brendon McCullum not certain to open for Black Caps in Tests

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has said there is no certainty that he would open the innings for the Test team during their upcoming home series against England, adding that any decision would be taken in the best interests of the team.

Speaking after New Zealand's humiliating innings and 193 run defeat to South Africa in the second test, McCullum was unrevealing when asked if he'd continue at the top of the test order in March.

McCullum said he wasn't hundred percent sure of who would open for Kiwis in Tests in the future, adding every position in the team was under review following their poor showing against Proteas.


McCullum was originally going to bat No 4 in this series before designated opener Peter Fulton suffered a recurrence of his knee injury in the warmup game, which handed Dean Brownlie a reprieve, and the latter topped the New Zealand batting averages with 43, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Former skipper Ross Taylor is expected to return from a self-imposed exile, too, and it's assumed he'd stroll back into his regular No 4 spot against England, the paper added.

If McCullum slips down to No 3 or No 5, that leaves the question of who would open. Martin Guptill, despite his second innings 48, is still struggling against quality pace bowling while BJ Watling showed excellent opener-like qualities in the series, and Fulton would be another contender if fit, the paper said. (ANI)

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  1. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has said there is no certainty that he would open the innings for the Test team during their upcoming home series against England, adding that any decision would be taken in the best interests of the team.
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