WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will drop back down the order for the test series against Sri Lanka despite scoring a double century as an opener against Pakistan last month.
McCullum had only opened the innings in the UAE as a stop-gap measure, chairman of selectors Bruce Edgar said on Sunday, and would revert to his middle order position for the first test in Christchurch that starts on Dec 26.
“This is another series, in different conditions and against a completely different opponent,” Edgar said in a statement in naming the test squad. “In these circumstances, we feel Brendon’s better suited to, and offers more value, down the order.”
Hamish Rutherford and Tom Latham will likely open the innings at Hagley Oval, though the recalled Dean Brownlie could also contend for the position after stating previously he had a preference to bat at the top of the order.