Hesson: McCulllum unlikely to keep again

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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has revealed that captain and veteran wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum is unlikely to be used behind the stumps in future, with his lower back proving increasingly problematic.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has revealed that captain and veteran wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum is unlikely to be used behind the stumps in future, with his lower back proving increasingly problematic.

Like many wicketkeepers, like South Africa's AB de Villiers, McCullum does not keep in all formats, with BJ Watling taking the gloves in Tests. But now it seems that Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham will do the job in ODIs and T20s too.

Hesson said of McCullum's future role. and preservation of his back: "He's unlikely to be used as a keeper. I think he's too valuable a player for us to keep using him as a keeper."

While McCullum has not kept in Tests for a while, Hesson said the veteran was annoyed by the fact that his dodgy back was keeping him from playing his desired role in the field, given his fitness levels in general.

The coach added: "He is frustrated because he is in the best physical shape he has ever been. His fitness tests have been through the roof as well. He's always a bit stiff but it doesn't seem to be affecting his movement too much.

"He's like anyone else, we just keep monitoring him (and) … he will need to keep working on that maintenance and making sure he's pretty diligent around that.

"He still throws himself around the field and puts himself in compromising positions. So far, so good."

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