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Time was right for me move on - Nathan McCullum

Time was right for me move on - Nathan McCullum
Nathan McCullum picked three wickets from two games at an economy of just 4.20 in the World T20.
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Former New Zealand off-spinner Nathan McCullum, who recently retired from international cricket following the Black Caps’ ICC World Twenty20 campaign believes he has timed his retirement to perfection.

Plagued by injuries in the final stages of his career, McCullum missed most of the home season which forced him to announce his decision to retire with the World T20 tournament.

In the two games he played in the tournament, McCullum was highly impressive after picking three wickets at an economy of just 4.20.

Despite a clinical performance, McCullum was overshadowed by the young spinners, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi, who picked up 10 wickets apiece in the five games they played.

With the rise of Sodhi and Santner, McCullum believes the spin bowling of New Zealand is in safe hands.

"It is fitting that the way the things are going with the two young boys Ish and Mitch that it feels like the time is right," said McCullum on the team's arrival at Auckland Airport.

"It is fantastic to see spin bowling in a good place going forward."

New Zealand looked the best team in the tournament after winning all the four games in the Super 10 stage, the only team to do so.

However, their campaign ended with a defeat to England in the semi-final in Delhi where a blistering fifty from Jason Roy helped Eoin Morgan’s men chase down 154 with ease.

Stating it was disappointing to miss out on the final, McCullum lauded the England team for the attacking nature of cricket they played to stun New Zealand.

"It is pretty crazy, but at the same time it pretty exciting to move on.

“It is disappointing to have not made to the final.

“We were playing such good cricket that we felt we deserved to but England played better cricket on the day.

“We are back here and moving on to different things."

From the 147 limited overs games, McCullum has played for New Zealand, he has scored 1369 runs and also has picked 121 wickets.

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