Brendon McCullum had hurt his back in the field during the Sri Lanka series © Getty Images (File Photo)
Brendon McCullum had hurt his back in the field during the Sri Lanka series © Getty Images (File Photo)

Brendon McCullum has been given a tentative return period of January end by coach Mike Hesson and is expected to be available for the third One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Pakistan. McCullum had hurt his back in the outfield while making one of his signature boundary-saving attempts in the series against Sri Lanka, but thankfully the injury was minor. A more serious injury would have denied people a final glimpse of McCullum’s international career as he is to retire at the end of the home season. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum to deliver MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture 2016

“I expect him back in camp on the 29th, at this stage that’s what we’re hopeful for,” Hesson told Radio Sport on Friday. “Brendon’s had plenty of rehab, he’s got back into his boxing which he enjoys and it also helps from a strength perspective,” he added. “So he’s travelling well but it is one of those things that can flare up from time to time, but we’re pretty confident that he’ll be back with us on the 29th.” ALSO READ: Kane Williamson: Captaincy would not have major impact on my batting

McCullum is one of the most-admired characters in the international circuit and his retirement will cause a sense of void in the global cricketing circuit. He will no longer play international cricket following the home summer which will conclude with a Chappell-Hadlee ODI series and a two-Test series against the Australians. Beating the Aussies will be a truly fairytale farewell for McCullum.