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Brendon McCullum

35-Year-Old Batsman     Trinbago Knight Riders


New Zealand

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Elbow    EST. RETURN:  11/3/2017
Birthdate:  September 27, 1981    Birthplace:  Dunedin, New Zealand
Nationality:  New Zealand    Height:  5' 7"    

September 3, 2017    Brendon McCullum News

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McCullum will miss the duration of the CPL with an elbow injury, ESPN Cric Info reports.

McCullum sustained the injury after being struck by a ball on 26 Saturday night against the Barbados Tridents and retired hurt. McCullum was in fine throughout the tournament, scoring 335 runs in 10 matches including a CPL-high 91 against the Jamaica Tallawahs in the previous matches. It's unclear how long McCullum will be out for, but with no international commitments, the Big Bash League is the next big domestic T20 tournament on his radar.

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McCullum top-scored with 91 off 62 including five boundaries and six maximums in Saturday's victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs.

Fantasy Analysis

After an unbeaten half-century in his first match of the tournament, he went through a rough patch where he didn't break 19 runs in a match and averaged 11.00 across a five-match stretch. However, since then, McCullum has hit a rich vein of form, scoring 196 runs with two half-centuries in the past three matches.
McCullum hit an incredible 40 from 14 balls to contribute in a stunning victory against the Patriots on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

With 86 runs needed from six overs, McCullum is often a likely pick when a player is needed to do the job. In this instance he was at his destructive best and hit three sixes and five fours to score 40 from 14 balls and ensure victory for his side along with Darren Bravo.
McCullum was out for a golden duck despite his side winning against Guyana on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The chase of Guyana's total worth 156 started in the worst possible way, with their opener McCullum being caught on the first ball of their innings. McCullum was caught by Gajanand Singh off the bowling of Sohail Tanvir. The ex-New Zealand skipper started the tournament with a bang, hitting 58 not out but has only managed scores of 19, 16 and a duck since.
McCullum was out for a five-ball duck in Middlesex's loss to Surrey Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

One day after returning his first substantial score of his T20 Blast campaign McCullum departed on the final ball of the first over after skying an attempted drive to Jason Roy off the bowling of Jade Dernbach. The Middlesex captain now has scores of nine, 10, 10, 88, and 0 in a season that currently sees them mid-table.
McCullum blasted 88 from 51 balls to earn man of the match and fire Middlesex to victory over Kent on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

In first score above 10 in the Natwest T20 blast, McCullum unleashed with six sixes and nine fours to reach his score of 88 before he was bowled by Calum Hagget. The win gives Middlesex and outside chance of progressing in the tournament, sitting in fifth in the South group after six games.
McCullum raced to 45 off 27 with five fours and two maximums in Monday's defeat to the Rising Pune Supergiants.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum did well in the powerplay to partner with Ishan Kishan for 55, but couldn't get much going with anyone else as wickets started falling with greater consistency. After struggling over his past three matches, scoring just 15 runs, this was his sixth score above 30 this tournament to put him sixth on the orange cap table and with the third-most maximums.
McCullum hit a quick-fire 33 from 17 balls in Gujarat's win over Kolkata on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The former New Zealand captain continued his rich form with another score of substance to take him to the top of the run scorers leaderboard in the 2017 IPL. The innings included five fours and a six, which took him to equal highest for sixes in the tournament thus far. McCullum was a presence in the field, too, with a catch and sharp run out to go along with the runs he made later in the game.
McCullum mashed seven maximums and two fours on his way to 72 off 44 in Tuesday's defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis

While it can be a bit feast or famine with the long-time New Zealand international, McCullum showed just how powerful he can be in an inspiring effort albeit a losing one. His seven maximums vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard with 15 sixes for the tournament, three above the next highest total. He also moved into second with 225 runs scored. While the Lions have struggled, McCullum has been excellent, particularly of late, as he's scored 185 runs over his past three innings. His side will travel to Kolkata to take on KKR on Friday.
McCullum totaled 64 off 44 with six fours and three maximums in Sunday's defeat to the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

After his opening partner Dwayne Smith was beaten for a duck on the second ball of the match, McCullum continued to show his class once he got himself going. After just missing a half-century Friday, scoring 49 against the Supergiant, and a tough Pakistan Super League that saw him average 13.28 in eight matches, McCullum finally seems to be finding his form for the Lions. He'll look to keep up this form in Tuesday's visit from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
McCullum smashed the second fastest BBL half century against the Melbourne Renegades on Friday

Fantasy Analysis

Having to chase a total of 200 to win, McCullum was quick out of the blocks and hit his 50 off 18 balls, still six balls short of the quickest fifty in the tournaments history set by Chris Gayle. Heatstroke then hit McCullum and he struggled to a score of 64 before he holed out to Long on for a score of 64 runs, still off only 40 balls.
McCullum hit an unbeaten half century in the Heat's victory against the Scorchers on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

The nine wicket win by the Brisbane side showed just how deadly the second wicket partnership between McCullum and Chris Lynn has been and has the potential to continue to be this season in the big bash. With Jimmy Peirson falling for 18 in the third over, the pair then had an unbeaten stand of 148 to cruise home with over five overs to spare. McCullum, the sides captain made 50 himself and was rarely overshadowed despite his half century coming from 31 balls.
McCullum smashed his way to 72 as the Heat flew to their third victory in the BBL against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Heat captain took the game by both hands having his fellow opener Jimmy Peirson dismissed in the second over of the innings by Englishman Stuart Broad. McCullum hit four sixes and 10 fours on his way to a score of 72 from only 35 balls. Together with Chris Lynn, the pair made light work of the total of 174 despite McCullum being dismissed by Cameron Boyce in the 10th over, caught by Dan Christian.
McCullum was man of the match following his quick fire 42 from 21 deliveries as the Brisbane defeated the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The former New Zealand captain led the Brisbane Heat to a victory in their opening match of the 2016/17 Big Bash against the Adelaide Strikers. McCullum smashed three sixes and four fours to have a strike rate of 200 by the time he left the crease for 42, caught off the bowling of Kieron Pollard. He later also took the catch of English import Chris Jordan for just one run.
McCullum has retired from international cricket and underwent back surgery to ameliorate a longstanding problem and will focus on professional T20 cricket, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With 12 centuries and 31 half-centuries across his 101 Test caps and success at both the ODI and T20I levels, McCullum's recurring back problems were enough for him to withdraw from consideration from the international team. He will now focus on solely T20 cricket, where he's shown himself to be quite an accomplished batsman, striking seven centuries and 33 half-centuries in 251 T20 matches, having recently completed a stint for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL.
McCullum earned Man of the Match honors in the Knight Riders' five-wicket win against the Zouks on Thursday, making two catches in the field and top scoring with 49 off 41 not out.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum suffered through two drops in the first innings, only to make amends with a pair of catches in the death. First, he knocked out Grant Elliott on 10 in the 18th, but a top edge to McCullum at long-off from the dangerous Darren Sammy in the 19th sent him to the showers after a blazing 40 off 22. Staring down a formidable total of 164 in the chase, McCullum walked to the crease in the fifth, when Trinbago opening batsman Umar Akmal fell for the second wicket. Fortunately, Akmal, Hashim Amla, and Colin Munro racked up 57 runs to that point in the match, but McCullum was more steady than smashing the rest of the way. None of McCullum's four partnerships matched the early standard, but he and Sunil Sarine accrued the final 30 with nine fewer balls than were required when they joined forces in the 16th. McCullum and company will attempt to reach the CPL final during Friday's Qualifier 2 against the Tallawahs.
McCullum struck for 43 off 28 during Sunday's victory against the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

Upon exchanging William Perkins for McCullum after eight overs, the Knight Riders already had a suitable platform from which to build upon. McCullum and Denesh Ramdin did just that, slowly whittling down the RRR until 34 runs were needed from the last 36. After bookending the 15th with sixes, McCullum tacked on one four and another maximum in the 16th, which left just four from the final 24. Thisara Perera made the pair work, but Ramdin pushed a full and wide delivery through cover point for the match-winning single to end the 17th.
McCullum will be a part of the draft for the 2017 Pakistan Super League, Umar Farooq of ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum was off to a tough start in the CPL, scoring just 13 runs in his first three matches for the Trinbago Knight Riders, but turned in a 35 for 18 performance on Monday against the Tallawahs. After a strong stint with Middlesex in the NatWest t20 Blast, even at 34 years old, McCullum still has plenty left in the Twenty20 format.
McCullum will serve as the marquee overseas player for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 CPL campaign.

Fantasy Analysis

Notching another juncture off his professional belt, the Kiwi will hit the Caribbean after a modest run with Middlesex in the NatWest t20 Blast that concluded with a flourish. Last Friday, he struck for an unbeaten 87, which was fueled by five sixes and four fours. Otherwise top scoring at 16 in four other innings with Middlesex, the run didn't deviate much from IPL9, when he had just one half century in 16 innings on his way to a 22.12 average. No matter his current form, though, he'll have an opportunity to overturn prevailing opinion in Trinbago's opener Wednesday versus the St. Lucia Zouks.
McCullum hit a typically exhilarating 87 off just 57 balls to lift Middlesex to 210 in 20 overs versus Kent on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his last game for Middlesex for the summer campaign, ex-Blackcap skipper McCullum put together a century opening stand with Dawid Malan in the NatWest T20 Blast. McCullum's knock included four fours and five sixes and helped propel Middlesex to a 40-run victory. He finished not out but was unable to reach triple figures due to running out of balls left.
McCullum hit a typically exhilarating 87 off just 57 balls to lift Middlesex to 210 in 20 overs versus Kent on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his last game for Middlesex for the summer campaign, ex-Blackcap skipper McCullum put together a century opening stand with Dawid Malan in the NatWest T20 Blast. McCullum's knock included four fours and five sixes and helped propel Middlesex to a 40-run victory. He finished not out but was unable to reach triple figures due to running out of balls left.
McCullum emerged from his slumber, smashing one six and eight fours en route to 48 off 27 during Saturday's victory versus the Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Since the calendar flipped to May, McCullum had top-scored at 29 with four single-digit scores among six matches, averaging 9.16 at a strike rate of 83.33. Despite the dour stretch, Gujarat was the sole team to clinch a playoff spot entering the weekend, but a desire for a berth into Qualifier 1 may have inspired the capable Kiwi on Saturday. Channeling his ever-potent bat, McCullum sidestepped the abrupt exit of fellow opener Aaron Finch and joined forces with Suresh Raina. That duo took kindly to Mumbai's bowlers, nailing the ropes early and often in pursuit of 172. McCullum's exit in the 10th was followed by Raina and Dinesh Karthik in the span of 17 balls. However, Dwayne Smith and Ravindra Jadeja guided Gujarat into the top spot in the standings with plenty of room to spare.
McCullum mashed three sixes and six fours on his way to 60 off 36 during Wednesday's win against the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

The pair of McCullum and Dwayne Smith swatted all comers to open the match, hitting boundaries with regularity and reaching 100 through nine overs. The innings marked the fastest team century of the tournament to date, and in the same over, McCullum made his first 50 of IPL9. Within two overs, though, Imran Tahir took the sheen off the partnership, bowling Smith on 53, and McCullum followed him to the pavilion just four balls later, as he mistimed a full delivery from Chris Morris. Thereafter, the Lions' order couldn't uphold such a pace, providing an opportunity for Morris and company to hunt down 172.
McCullum cobbled together a quick-fire 42 off 24 during Sunday's win versus the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Staring down a first-innings total of 180, mostly from the bat of Virat Kohli (100), McCullum and Dwayne Smith squeezed out double-digit runs in three of the first four overs of the chase, settling for 47 at the latter's departure in the sixth. McCullum immediately kicked it up a notch, following five wides from Kane Richardson with six, four, six, and four on successive deliveries to conclude that over. McCullum continued onward with Suresh Raina until the ninth, when the Kiwi edged a googly back to bowler Tabraiz Shamsi. Through five games of this tournament, McCullum has yet to post a signature batting display, but it's only a matter of time due to his 137.42 strike rate in the format.
McCullum will skip the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in August, but remain a member of the Black Caps' for the next year, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Citing an unending schedule in the leadup to the World Cup and thereafter, McCullum will avoid any international fixtures until the home-and-away series against Australia at the end of the 2015, which he'll follow up with participation in the World T20 in India next March. While he'll finish out the current county cricket season with the Birmingham Bears, he also announced a three-year deal with Brisbane of the Big Bash League. As evidenced by the preceding, the 33-year-old will seemingly focus on limited-overs cricket for the foreseeable future.
McCullum notched 35 off 31 during Wednesday's defeat in the fourth ODI at England.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum has been a mainstay in the two Tests and four ODIs to date on New Zealand's tour of England. However, his sole half century occurred in the second innings of the second Test, which he's followed up with no score greater than 39 in the ODI portion. With a 23.75 average and 143.93 strike rate in the latter form of the game, a bit more patience should provide the substantial output one expects from the 33-year-old Kiwi.
McCullum wasn't selected for the Super Kings' playing XI against the Indians on Tuesday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ending the season as the Super Kings' top run scorer with 436, McCullum left the team in order to take part in New Zealand's tour of England, according to The Times of India. Expect him to be a mainstay in two Tests, five ODIs, and one T20I over the course of the next month.
McCullum played a cautious innings Sunday, eventually posting 81 off 61 during the Super Kings' 12-run win against the Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

MA Chidambaram Stadium presented the squads with the unsavory combination of inert pitch and unbearable heat, a combination that only McCullum was able to crack. Jettisoning his normal aggression for a more stated approach, he nudged many deliveries to the gaps while blending in strategic boundaries to establish a respectable mark for the Royals' subsequent chase. He achieved his 50 off 44, or just more than a run per ball, but ramped up the pressure thereafter as fatigue set in, gathering 31 from his final 17. Among his four tandems, one in particular accounted for the bulk of Chennai's final tally: the third wicket with Faf du Plessis produced 101 in 12.4, which corresponds with a 7.97 run rate. After 12 matches, McCullum is one of five batsmen with greater than 400 runs scored, but he carries the lowest average, 38.09, in that group at a friendly 165.61 strike rate.
After losing his opening partner Dwayne Smith with the first ball of the match, McCullum could have been expected to be watchful and play steady-as-you-go cricket for a couple of overs in Kolkata on Thursday. He did just the opposite, blasting 32 off just 12 deliveries to have his side 2/64 from five overs.

Fantasy Analysis

This approach, however, came unstuck when McCullum was trapped in front by the veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg with the first ball of the sixth over. McCullum bashed three fours and three sixes in his 12 ball innings at a massive strike rate of 266.66, but it wasn't enough to see his side over the line. The constant loss of wickets, nine in all, impeded the run rate, and this time, the top-of-the-table Super Kings couldn't post a big enough total to hold off the home team.
McCullum made 19 runs from 14 balls against the Knight Riders in Chennai on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

After winning the toss, the Knight Riders sent the Super Kings in to bat. Although being the first batsman dismissed, a 42-run opening partnership laid the foundation for a thrilling two-run victory. The ICC T20 cricketer of the year in 2010 has had a lean seven seasons in the IPL, but this year, he has made 251 runs at an average of 41.83, which is well up on his IPL average of 28.34 coming into this season. He is now one of only six batsmen who have have scored multiple centuries in this league.
After a couple of lean matches, McCullum came roaring back into form with the bat in the Super Kings win over the Kings XI on Saturday. He blasted 66 from just 44 balls to set the platform for a solid victory.

Fantasy Analysis

Hitting eight fours and three sixes and with a strike rate of 150 McCullum's innings was above his tournament average of 46.4. He has played 203 T20 matches, batting in 200 of them. His highest score of 158 not out has boosted his overall average to 32.41 with a healthy strike rate of 135.02. He has made six hundreds and 30 fifties in this shortest form of the game.
McCullum suffered an early departure Sunday versus the Royals, but not before striking three fours on his way to 12 off seven in the loss.

Fantasy Analysis

Clearly, McCullum's outing was entirely composed of fours, but the spin of Pravin Tambe tricked the Kiwi into hitting an easy catch to mid-on in the third over. While McCullum has cobbled together a massive 190.58 strike rate through four IPL matches, his daring has only resulted in two significant tallies to date: 100 not out against the Sunrisers and 46 versus Mumbai. His century aside, he's averaged 20.66 at an impressive 213.79 strike rate, meaning fruitful performances are always possible as long as he remains in the crease.
McCullum smoked Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, smashing seven fours and nine sixes on his way to 100 off 56 not out.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum more than made up for his four off two from Thursday's IPL opener, guiding the Super Kings to a daunting 209 in the first innings. With partnerships of 75 with Dwayne Smith, 60 with Suresh Raina, and 63 with captain MS Dhoni, McCullum notched his second 100 in the IPL, and first as a member of CSK. In his two seasons with the squad, McCullum has put together a 36.35 average at a strike rate of 130.17.
McCullum lasted only two balls during Thursday's one-run win against the Daredevils, smashing one four before his departure.

Fantasy Analysis

Opening with Dwayne Smith, McCullum followed his teammate's 16-run first over with his customary aggressiveness, which was quickly his undoing. After lucking out when his first ball went through Yuvraj Singh's hand at first slip and reached the ropes, McCullum top edged a fly behind the keeper that Singh reeled in for any easy grab. Nevertheless, McCullum will attempt to uphold the standard of his first season with the Super Kings in 2014. In 14 matches, he notched three 50s on his way to a 31.15 average and 121.62 strike rate.
McCullum managed an inglorious duck off three balls during Sunday's loss to Australia in the World Cup final.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum attacked opposing deliveries with aplomb throughout the tournament, recording quick-fire performances at a strike rate of 188.50 to establish significant platforms for the Black Caps. After posting three 50s in the first five matches, though, he only surpassed 12 runs one time in the final four games en route to a 19.75 average. His aggressiveness was ultimately his undoing in the final, as he didn't make contact with any of opener Mitchell Starc's inswinging yorkers, with the final one toppling the base of the off stump and setting the tone for the match. McCullum will now turn his attention to the IPL, where he'll hold down a spot as one of the Chennai Super Kings top-order batsmen.
McCullum again came out swinging with an impressive 59 off 26 balls against South Africa in the World Cup semifinal played in Auckland on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Starting his innings with a six, McCullum bullied the South African opening bowlers with eight fours and four sixes at an amazing strike rate of 226.92. Knowing they were only going to face 43 overs, he set a platform that allowed the rest of the New Zealand batsmen to play their natural games. Averaging 41.00 for the tournament, he has played a major role in getting his team into their first ever World Cup Final.
McCullum overcame his sore arm to post an impressive 42 off 19 balls in the win over Afghanistan in Napier on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The run machine, also known as the New Zealand captain, again made a blistering start to the innings with his 42 from just 19 balls at an extraordinary strike rate of 221.05. He is making it easy for the remainder of the team to come in and play a much more sedate role to guide the team to the top of their pool in this World Cup.
McCullum will be monitored in the days leading up to New Zealand's next match Sunday against Afghanistan after he was hit on the forearm during a delivery from Mitchell Johnson on Saturday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum's forearm soon featured a significant welt, but he still managed to record 50 off 24. His immediate treatment included ice and a heavy wrap, and the damage seems to be contained to a burst blood vessel. With a prolonged layoff between games, enough time exists for the Black Caps' captain to get right for Sunday's outing.
McCullum took a ball on the forearm during New Zealand's innings Saturday against Australia and will be evaluated on Sunday morning, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After the strike from Mitchell Johnson, McCullum remained in the game and tapped out a game-high 50 off 24, with seven fours and three sixes on the ledger. Although significant swelling was viewed at the point of impact, McCullum didn't undergo an X-ray or MRI after the Black Caps' one-wicket win, as he opted for ice and a large wrap on the region. With a lengthy layoff before their next match on Mar. 8 versus Afghanistan, he should have enough recovery time to add to his three 50s in four World Cup fixtures to date.
McCullum unleashed a devastating attack, hitting 77 off just 25, in New Zealand's World Cup match against England on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum pounded a hapless English bowling attack, smashing eight fours and seven sixes at a strike rate of 308.00. He was particularly savage on Steven Finn, belting 44 runs off just 10 balls and hitting six sixes. So far in this World Cup, McCullum has scored 157 off 86 whilst batting at a strike rate of 182.55 and an average of 52.33.
McCullum clobbered the boundaries en route to 65 off 49 during New Zealand's World Cup opener Saturday against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

The opening partnership of McCullum and Martin Guptill proved pesky, to say the least, sustaining a run rate over 7.00 for much of their time together. McCullum himself totaled 10 fours and one six, including 22 runs off the inimitable but on-the-mend Lasith Malinga in the eighth over. Finally, McCullum's time in the crease came to a halt when he couldn't place a full bat behind a Rangana Herath bowl in the 15th, yet the catch was taken long off just inches from the rope, exhibiting the Kiwi's focus on the day. Entering the match with a 120.68 strike rate in 2015, McCullum certainly upheld his standard.
McCullum blasted seven fours and one six on his way to 59 off just 45 in New Zealand's 134-run victory against South Africa in their final warm-up game Wednesday

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum once again scored at a brisk rate, helping set up an imposing total for South Africa to chase. So far in 2015, he has averaged 35.00 with a strike rate of 120.68, slotting him against the elite top order batsmen heading into this World Cup. McCullum will be looking to set alight the tournament Saturday in a similar fashion to how he opened the first ever match of the IPL with 158 off 73.
McCullum took 39 off 30 during Saturday's Champions League clinching victory against the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Playing it safe, McCullum recognized Suresh Raina's hot bat (in the end, a ridiculous 109 off 62) and joined forces with his teammate to tally 118 in 12.2 overs, before exiting in the 14th over on a deep fly. Chennai's pursuit of Kolkata's 181 runs was eventually a success, but the task could have been more disconcerting without McCullum's two catches from long-off during the Knight Riders' innings. Included in his defensive heroics was a low sliding grab to put away Gautam Gambhir, who paced KKR with 80 off 52. Fielding aside, he represented a steady body in the crease during the series, recording three instances of 20-plus runs en route to a 132.29 strike rate in five matches.