The final ODI of Australia vs New Zealand, Chappell-Hadlee Trophy kicks off today at 12pm local time, and 2pm New Zealand time. Brendon McCullum will play the final match of his career. And the Black Caps will throw everything in their power to clinch the trophy and dedicate it to their captain.
Brendon McCullum started his ODI career in January, 2002 against Australia, and after 2 years, he was called to the test squad. A right-handed wicket-keeper, McCullum has a very attacking batting power. He has more than 400 international matches under his cap, and is considered to be one of the best wicket-keepers in the present era. He is the first New Zealand cricketer to score 300 runs in a test, the first and only player to bag two T20 international centuries, and the first Kiwi to score 1000 test runs in a calender year, before it was broken by Kane Williamson in 2015.
On the other hand, Australia will try to stop their friendly rival from celebrating much. They have won the second ODI, and they will need to secure a victory here, not only to win the series, but also to deliver a positive message for the upcoming T20 World Cup series that will start in India, this March.
There is a possibility that Australia will not change their team. Usman Khawaja will be seen today. New Zealand will also keep the same side unless Santner is unfit to play.
New Zealanders and Australians, along with the rest of the cricketing world are waiting to bid farewell to Brendon McCullum, and to see a world-class display of one-day international cricket from both the teams. This will be a very special moment for the Kiwis, but let’s hope they don’t get carried away by McCullum’s farewell. Both the teams are going strong, and playing their best, it is only a matter of time to see who comes out as the winner.