McCullum: No retirement u-turn in sight

New Zealand

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be retiring from international cricket after the Tests against Australia this month, and says there's no way he'll be changing his mind.

With reports of Australia's former captain Michael Clarke regretting his retirement, and considering a comeback, reporters pondered whether McCullum would feel the same. He laughed that idea off.

McCullum said when asked about Clarke's situation, and if he'd consider delaying retirement: "No, I wouldn't think so. I was a little bit surprised to read that.

"I guess everyone is different and everyone makes their own decisions based on how they're feeling and how their lives are panning out.

"If Michael does make a comeback, then I'm sure he'd make it a success as well."

McCullum said he was happy with the way the team would fare in his absence, with Kane Williamson already showing himself to be a capable leader when McCullum was injured recently.

McCullum added: "We've got the leaders in the group who can take it to a new level.

"It's just a timing thing and it's nice to get out now when people still kind of like you and you're able to make some contributions.

"There comes a time when you have to step out of the spotlight at some point and there's other things that you want to do in your life as well."

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