McCullum to retire at the end of the season

New Zealand

New Zealand spinner Nathan McCullum has announced that will retire at the at end of the season to spend more time with his family.

The 35 year-old McCullum, who has played in 84 ODIs and 61 T20s, said he would like to spend more time with his Vanessa and their three young children.

He also revealed that he has already spoken to Black Caps coach Mike Hesson about mentoring the younger spinners in New Zealand cricket such as Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner.

McCullum told the New Zealand Herald: "I don't want to make a big song and dance about it, but it's time to start thinking about the next phase of my life.

"I've got the sense that the end of this season is the right time to call it quits in international cricket. We've got to get these guys up to speed and I'm looking forward to playing a mentoring role there.

"It's been hard work for Vanessa in the past five years. She's spent a lot of it pregnant and has had to do it on her own most of the time.
"It's time for me to start investing time in my family and being there for dinners and helping the boys with their homework."