Brendon McCullum picks his favourite opening partner between Lynn and Williamson

McCullum plays with Lynn as his partner in the BBL and Williamson was companion in New Zealand.

Chris Lynn & Brendon McCullum
Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

One of the most successful New Zealand cricketers and captains ever Brendon McCullum retired from international cricket in early 2016 and has been since playing T20 cricket around the world as a freelancer. He was a charismatic opener and leader for the national side and plays a similar role for his T20 sides. A fan recently asked McCullum to pick between his national team opening partner and one of his T20 league companions.

He had to make a decision among the current New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and his Big Bash League mate Chris Lynn. He was answering questions posted by his followers on social media and when this one popped up, McCullum remarked that it was a terrible question. To him, it was like asking which of his kids is his favourite

“That’s a terrible question,” McCullum laughed as quoted by “That’s like asking which is your favourite son or favourite daughter,” he said.

While his role in the partnerships with Williamson was that of an aggressor who imposed terms, it is very different with Lynn as he is an equally potent smasher and likes to go for the kill himself.

Lynn or Williamson

He didn’t shy off the comparison but used off-field examples to describe how he looks at Williamson and Lynn.

“So Kane, he would be ultimate person for your daughter to marry, if that makes sense. Absolutely love him and he’s a genius cricketer,” he said.

“Chris Lynn is the fella you want to be having a beer with at the pub after the races and he’s a ripping fella as well and he hits the ball miles.

He plays alongside Lynn in the BBL for Brisbane Heat and have been signed up in the same franchise for the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Trinbago Knight Riders. “I’d say Chris Lynn… don’t take any offence Kane!” Bazz said.

Playing rugby in the break

His last assignment was the Indian Premier League that concluded in May and has enjoyed a bit of a break before the CPL in August. McCullum used this time to play some rugby in Matamata.

“I had a couple months in between tournaments and I always said I’d love to go and have another crack at rugby,” he said. “One of my mates is manager of the Matamata B side here and they were a bit short on numbers so he said, ‘why don’t you line up’. And with me being a reasonably impulsive person, I decided, ‘yeah that’s a great idea’.

“We’ve won our last three and now is the right time for me to finish my season because I’ve got a tournament (the CPL) in four weeks, and this morning I could barely get out of bed, I was that sore. But it was good fun,” he concluded.

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