Port Elizabeth: Jan 16, 2013
McCullum opened in the two Tests against South Africa, ending with an average of 20.5 in four innings.
However, Fulton injured his leg in the warm-up game against South Africa XI, as a result of which, McCullum had to open the innings.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said that if Fulton had been available, McCullum would have batted in the middle-order.
“I don’t think Brendon’s game suits blunting an attack, which is what we really needed in this series,” he said, according to an AAP report published by Sydney Morning Herald.
“He applied himself for 240 balls against a top side at the top, but I don’t think that’s the role that he’s going to play best for this team,” he added.
England’s tour of New Zealand kicks-off with three Twenty20 and three ODIs in February, followed by three Tests in March.