The older brother of Brendon McCullum, Nathan has been patient in his wait to wear the silver fern. At 32 he has become a reliable limited over’s player for the BLACKCAPS. His work ethic and determination has brought praise from his coaches and team-mates.
McCullum could now consider himself an all-rounder. His right-arm off-break bowling has been the cornerstone of his career, but a vast improvement with the bat made him considerably more viabe for the international stage. He is also a tremendous fielder, renowned for his athletic ability at point.
Otago born and breed, Nathan attended King’s High School before making his First-Class debut for Otago in the 1999/2000 season. His consistency eventually made the BLACKCAPS’ selectors take notice and in 2007 he was given the opportunity in a Twenty20 against South Africa. It wasn’t a memorable match for McCullum, but the selectors persisted and he rewarded them. He has now been with the team for a number of years and boasts Twenty20 best figures of four for 16 off four overs.
His consistency led to a chance in the ODI team, proving himself to be successful in this format as well. He has scored some crucial half centuries for New Zealand, as well as picking up important wickets and having a handy economy rate.
He is now a regular in the shortened versions of the game and has proven himself to be adequate in four day games for Otago as well. Despite his age, Nathan is as nimble as any player in the team and with the work ethic he possesses, could be in the side for a few years yet.