Brendon McCullum has admitted that he has been incredibly lucky to represent his country for last 14 years as he bids adieu to limited-over format © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum has admitted that he has been incredibly lucky to represent his country for last 14 years  © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Retiring New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has admitted that he has been incredibly lucky to represent his country for last 14 years as he bids adieu to limited-over format following a win against Australia. Earlier, New Zealand gave McCullum the best send-off as they defeated Australia by 55 runs in the third and the final ODI, thereby clinching the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series 2-1 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The 34-year-old insisted that he felt obliged to get the opportunity to play for his country not only at the home ground but away from home as well, Sport24 reported. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia, 3rd ODI at Hamilton

He further thanked his entire team and his fans for their support and faith in him for a long period of time. McCullum, who is one of the biggest hitters of all time, smashed six boundaries and three sixes while making 47 off just 27 balls to reach the milestone of 200 sixes from 260 ODI matches. The right-handed batsman also received a guard of honour from the entire team as he walked to the crease and a standing ovation from the spectators. McCullum will sign off his international career following the two-match Test series against Australia, starting from Friday in Wellington. READ: Brendon McCullum receives guard of honour from Australia in final ODI at Hamilton

Earlier, McCullum completed the sixes double Monday as he signed off his One-Day International (ODI) career with a trademark blockbuster of an innings in the third ODI against Australia in Hamilton. One of the biggest hitters in the game, McCullum smacked the ball over the boundary three times in his 47 off 27 balls to take him to 200 sixes from 260 one-day matches to go with his 100 Test sixes. His power-hitting approach gave New Zealand a rollicking start in the series decider with the home team 84-1 in the 10th over when McCullum was dismissed.

(With inputs from Agence France-Press)