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Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum, Dunedin, NZ, 2009.jpg
Brendon McCullum at the University Oval in 2009
Personal information
Full name Brendon Barrie McCullum
Born 27 September 1981 (1981-09-27) (age 28)
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Nickname Bazza
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
Relations NL McCullum (brother), SJ McCullum (father)
International information
National side New Zealand
Test debut 10 March 2004 v South Africa
Last Test 15 February 2010 v Bangladesh
ODI debut 17 January 2002 v Australia
Last ODI 13 March 2010 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 42
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present Otago
2009–present New South Wales
2003–2006 Canterbury
2006 Glamorgan
1999–2003 Otago
2008–2009 present Kolkata Knight Riders
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 50 171 93 215
Runs scored 2,678 3,569 5,155 4,617
Batting average 34.33 29.01 34.36 29.40
100s/50s 4/15 2/17 8/29 5/21
Top score 185 166 185 170
Catches/stumpings 158/10 189/13 263/18 232/15
Source: Cricinfo, 16 March 2010

Brendon Barrie McCullum (born 27 September 1981 in Dunedin) is a New Zealand international cricketer, who plays for the Otago Volts at provincial level. He is a wicket-keeper, as well as an aggressive batsman who opens in One-day Internationals and is known for his fast scoring rate. His brother Nathan McCullum is also a first-class and international cricketer at provincial level, and their father Stu McCullum was a long-serving first-class player for Otago.

Both Brendon and Nathan attended King's High School, Dunedin.

McCullum also plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He scored 158 not out in the inaugural match of the competition on 18 April 2008. The innings is currently the world highest score by a batsman in a Twenty20 match.[1]

He also has the amazing ability to play the 'ramp shot', which involves the batsmen squatting down and scooping deliveries back over the wicketkeepers head. Doing this shot in the 20/20 match verse Australia, on February 28th 2010, he managed to hit Shaun Tait for six back over Brad Haddins head on numerous occasions.


Career highlights

In 2003 he played in a Test series against England and scored what was then his highest score, an innings of 96 at Lord's. His maiden Test century came several months later when he scored 143 against Bangladesh. He fell just short of his second Test hundred in a game against Sri Lanka when dismissed one short of his hundred. His second century would later come with a run a ball 111 against Zimbabwe.

He was selected in the 20-man ICC World XI squad for the ICC Super Series in July 2005.

In March 2006, he was charged with bringing the game into disrepute during an ODI against West Indies, but was found not guilty.[2]

McCullum played for Glamorgan in 2006 and he scored 160 opening the batting against Leicestershire in the County Championship.

On 20 February 2007, he scored 86 not out as New Zealand went on to be the first team to whitewash Australia in a 3 match ODI series since 1997. He struck a massive six off the first ball of the last over against Nathan Bracken to level the scores, before he finished it off with a boundary. In his matchwinning innings he partnered Craig McMillan to a world record equalling 6th wicket partnership of 165.[3]

On 21 March 2007, he set a new World Cup record, by smashing 50 runs from just 20 balls against Canada in St Lucia. He finished his innings with 52 runs from 21 balls, including 10 fours and 5 sixes, with a strike rate of 247.61. The previous record had been set by Mark Boucher (South Africa) against The Netherlands on March 16th (50 runs from 21 balls).

On 14 December 2007 he scored his highest ever ODI score of 96(103) against Australia. He was caught by Nathan Bracken off the bowling of Brad Hogg after 35.3 overs.

On 31 December 2007 he scored 50 from just 19 balls against Bangladesh. He finished his innings with 80 runs from only 28 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes with a strike rate of 285.71 resulting in a 10 wicket win: chasing 93 from 50 overs and achieving it making 95 from only 6 overs.

On 12 February 2008 he scored 50 from 27 balls against England. He finished his innings with 80 runs from only 47 balls, including 8 fours and 5 sixes with a strike rate of 170.21 resulting in a 10 wicket win and giving New Zealand a 2 nil lead in the 5 match series.

On 2 March 2008, before facing England for the test series, he was involved in the State Shield Final versus Auckland Aces, in scoring 170 runs for the Otago Volts to help beat the Aces at Eden Park's outer oval, and helped to chased down a daunting total of 310 for 7, he broke multiple State Shield batting records.

  • State Shield (One Day) record of the fastest 100 (off 52 balls), including 14 fours and 5 sixes.
  • When he got to 135, he scored the highest individual runs for an Otago Volts player.
  • When he got to 162, he scored the highest score by any player in a domestic one-day match (Shell or State competitions)
  • He went on to score 170 runs, including 19 fours and 7 sixes.

On 18 April 2008, he claimed the record for highest individual score in a Twenty20 innings, scoring 158* from only 73 balls, which included 13 sixes and 10 fours in boundaries, for the Kolkata Knight Riders against Bangalore Royal Challengers in the first game of the Indian Premier League helping them get a much deserved 140 run victory.[4] This eclipsed the previous record mark of 141, held by Australian Cameron White, McCullum faced an over White bowled in that match and smashed him for 24, it was White's only over in that match.[5] In the same match he also claimed the record for most sixes (13) in a Twenty20 innings,[6] the most sixes in an individual Twenty20 innings has since been surpassed(16) by Englishman Graham Napier.

On 1 July 2008, he scored his maiden ODI century, eventually getting dismissed for 166 against Ireland. He shared in a 266 run opening stand with James Marshall, which is the highest ODI partnership for any wicket in Black Caps history and the second highest opening partnership in all ODIs.

On 24 January 2009, he lined up for New South Wales in the final of Australia's KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. This was an exercise to allow him to be eligible to play for them in the Twenty20 Champions League. This sparked criticism however despite opinion States are permitted to have one overseas player in their squad. McCullum also donated his match fee from the game to Otago Junior Cricket.

On 5 April 2009, on day three of the third test match during India's tour of New Zealand, he displayed an amazing level of alertness in the dismissal of Rahul Dravid. Dravid attempted a sweep shot off Daniel Vettori's bowling, but McCullum saw what Dravid was up to before the ball had even pitched and moved swiftly to his left (Dravid's leg side). Ross Taylor at first slip did the same. The ball came nicely off Dravid's bat, but flew straight into the hands of a waiting Brendon McCullum.[7] A couple of balls earlier, McCullum tried the same thing, but he had been a little slow and Dravid's sweep was kept low. Although there has been some discussion regarding the legality of McCullum's movement before the ball had even pitched, the laws of cricket indicate he was well within his right to do so.[8]

On 6 November 2009, vs Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, McCullum scored his second ODI century (131, 129 balls, 14 4's, 3 6's) to elevate New Zealand to 303 and win the match to level the series.[9]

On 16 January 2010 during the 2009-10 HRV Cup, vs Auckland Aces at University Oval, McCullum hit 108 not out off 67 deliveries, which included 10 fours and four sixes to lead Otago Volts to victory with three balls to spare. McCullum reached his 50 off 32 deliveries and his century off 65 deliveries.

On 16 February 2010, during the only test match against Bangladesh, he scored 185, the highest score ever by a New Zealand wicket-keeper in Test cricket. He was also involved in the record highest sixth-wicket partnership for New Zealand of 339 runs with Martin Guptill, missing out on the world record by just 12 runs.

On 27 February 2010, becomes just the second player to score a T20I hundred, finishing 116 not out, one run short of Chris Gayle's record of 117.


McCullum plays in the side as an opening wicketkeeper-batsman during ODIs and middle order in Test Matches . His glovework improved during his tenure as the incumbent New Zealand Test wicketkeeper. McCullum is usually very tidy behind the stumps with some outstanding catches to his name. His batting is good enough to earn him selection for the Black Caps alone, shown by the occasions on which he has been unable to keep but has still been selected as a batsman.[10] He opens the batting for New Zealand in ODIs with steadily improving success. He is an aggressive batsman who is particularly strong over extra cover, often lofting the ball into the stands. He was described as a player "especially suited to Twenty20 cricket" when he signed for a five-week stint at Glamorgan in June 2006.[11] The stint included the entire domestic 2006 Twenty20 Cup. He was signed up by the Kolkata Franchise of the IPL for $700,000. His contract with the IPL is for 3 years.

During the Twenty20 World Championship in 2009, the wicketkeeping duties was given to Peter McGlashan. He was seen practicing his off-spin bowling.

McCullum had to decide whether to play for New South Wales, Kolkata or Otago in the 1st edition of the Champions League. Since Kolkata did not qualify, he had only to consider playing for either New South Wales or Otago; eventually he had decided to play for Otago along side brother Nathan McCullum.[12]



Test Centuries

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.
Brendon McCullum's Test Centuries[13]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 143 7  Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 2004 Won
[2] 111 16  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2005 Won
[3] 115 43  India Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2009 Drawn
[4] 185 50  Bangladesh Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2010 Won

One Day International Centuries

Brendon McCullum's One Day International Centuries[14]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 166 134  Ireland Aberdeen, Scotland Mannofield Park 2008 Won
[2] 131 162  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, UAE Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2009 Won

Twenty20 International Centuries

Brendon McCullum's Twenty20 International Centuries[15]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 116* 33  Australia Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 2010 Won


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