Double challenge for Brendon McCullum in South Africa Test

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will face a double challenge when his team take on world champions South Africa in the first Test at Newlands on Wednesday. Handed the captaincy in controversial circumstances, McCullum confirmed on Tuesday that he will also open the batting in the absence of the injured Peter Fulton.

“Peter was going to open but he has been struck down by an injury. That gives an opportunity to Dean Brownlie,” McCullum said.

“I’ll come back to the top of the order and Dean will come in at number four. I’ve been opening the batting for the last little while and you’ve got to bat at some point,” he said of the challenge of facing South Africa’s formidable pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.Read more
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