McCullum: Time is right to retire


Brendon McCullum said the time was right to retire after ending his New Zealand career with a 2-0 Test series defeat to Australia.

The Black Caps captain walked away from international cricket following a seven-wicket defeat to Australia at the Hagley Oval on Wednesday.

McCullum marked his final appearance for his country by smashing the fastest Test century in history in the first innings - his blistering 145 coming off only 79 balls.

And the 34-year-old has no regrets over calling time on his illustrious career.

Reflecting on his decision to retire, McCullum said: "It'll be a bit dusty I'd say. I've got 14 years to make up for. Yeah I think it will be fine. The time is right you know.

"I sort of came to that realisation when I made the decision and I knew I could steel myself for another couple of challenges, and now walk away comfortable with my decision.

"I'm looking forward to the next stage of my life, spending some time with the family, and take up some other challenges as well.

"And I think the team is at that stage as well. They're ready for a new leader, a slightly new direction as well. Hopefully I've left and brought some fun, and enjoyment, and some real culture back into the set-up during my time that I had as captain."

He added: "It's not the ideal way to go out [with a defeat], but at the same time I have had a great time.

"Even being a player, involved in this Test match at home, and the ovations that I've received - the guard of honour [from the Australia team} and things like that - it's memories that I will take with me forever."