Nathan McCullum

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Nathan McCullum
Personal information
Full nameNathan Leslie McCullum
Born (1980-09-01) 1 September 1980 (age 39)
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleBowling all-rounder
RelationsBrendon McCullum (brother)
Stuart McCullum (father)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 156)8 September 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI19 August 2015 v South Africa
ODI shirt no.15
T20I debut (cap 26)19 September 2007 v South Africa
Last T20I26 March 2016 v Bangladesh
T20I shirt no.15
Domestic team information
1999/2000–2015/16Otago (squad no. 8)
2011Pune Warriors India
2011/12–2012/13Sydney Sixers (squad no. 15)
2013Glamorgan (squad no. 9)
2015St Lucia Zouks
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 84 63 65 203
Runs scored 1,070 299 2,329 3,077
Batting average 20.98 11.50 25.04 23.31
100s/50s 0/4 0/0 1/14 1/16
Top score 65 36* 106* 119
Balls bowled 3,536 1,123 11,508 9,079
Wickets 63 58 139 169
Bowling average 46.92 22.03 40.05 41.41
5 wickets in innings 0 0 3 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/24 4/16 6/90 5/39
Catches/stumpings 41/– 26/– 71/– 97/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 March 2016

Nathan Leslie McCullum (born 1 September 1980) is a former New Zealand international cricketer, who represented the New Zealand cricket team in One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals.

A right hand lower-order batsman and right arm off break bowler, he is a member of the Otago Volts, competing in the State Championship, State Shield and State Twenty20 competitions.

He retired from international cricket after 2016 ICC World Twenty20.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

McCullum is the son of former Otago representative Stuart McCullum and the older brother of current Otago and former New Zealand international cricketer and captain Brendon McCullum. He and Brendon attended King's High School.

McCullum is married and he is father of 3 boys (born 2010, 2012 and 2014), and has moved up to Auckland to work part-time as a construction recruitment agent.[3]

Domestic career[edit]

McCullum made his first class debut for Otago in the 1999–2000 season. His first List A match came in the 2000–01 season and his first Twenty20 domestic match was against Canterbury at Christchurch on 13 January 2006. Later that year, McCullum was selected as part of the 30-man preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy alongside fellow Otago teammates Warren McSkimming and Bradley Scott but ultimately missed out on the final squad.

McCullum is building a reputation as a travelling Twenty 20 player, having played in Twenty 20 tournaments since 2010 for Lancashire, Pune Warriors India, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sydney Sixers and Glamorgan as well as still turning out for his native side Otago.

International career[edit]

He made his Twenty20 International debut for New Zealand against South Africa on 19 September 2007 at the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa. His highest score of 10 not out came against Australia on 15 February 2009.

He made his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka on 8 September 2009 at Colombo. Although never playing test cricket, he has been a valuable asset in the shorter forms of the game, particularly in the 2011 Cricket World Cup in the sub-continent, where New Zealand ended up in semi finals.

In an ODI against Sri Lanka at Hambantota in 2013, Nathan McCullum hit 22 runs from spinner Rangana Herath's final over of the match when New Zealand required 21 in the last over.

Although he was named in the final squad of 15 in 2015 Cricket World Cup, he was mostly used as a substitute fielder.

In 2015, McCullum announced he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end on the 2015/16 Southern Hemisphere summer season.[1] He was not named in the Sri Lankan ODI series due to his back issues, so his ODI career is over, but he was named in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. His last international match was against Bangladesh on 26 March 2016. He got out for first ball nought for Mustafizur Rahman as his fifth victim for T20I fifer. However, in bowling, McCullum took the wicket of Sabbir Rahman, which was his last international wicket as well. New Zealand finally won the match by 75 runs.[4]

His brother, Brendon McCullum also announced he would only retire from international cricket at the end on the 2015/16 Southern Hemisphere summer season.


Prior to concentrating on his cricketing career, he played as a striker for Caversham AFC, winning the team's golden boot award in 1999 by scoring 19 goals in the FootballSouth Premier League. He scored two goals for the club in the 2003 New Zealand National Soccer League, at that time New Zealand's premier club league competition. He left the club in 2004, playing briefly with Mosgiel before turning his sporting attention completely to cricket.[5] In 2017, he debuted for Auckland division 2 team, the mighty Ellerslie Diamonds, pulling his hamstring within minutes.

Career best performances[edit]

as of 26 March 2016

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
ODI 65 New Zealand v Pakistan Auckland 2011 3/24 New Zealand v South Africa Mirpur 2011
T20I 36* New Zealand v Sri Lanka Lauderhill 2010 5/18 New Zealand v Pakistan Hamilton 2010
FC 106* Otago Volts v Northern Districts Knights Hamilton 2008 6/90 New Zealand A v India A Chennai 2008
LA 119 Otago Volts v Wellington Firebirds Queenstown 2014 5/39 Otago Volts v Central Districts Stags Palmerston North 2011
T20 76* Otago Volts v Canterbury Wizards Dunedin 2009 4/16 New Zealand v Pakistan Hamilton 2010


  1. ^ a b "Nathan McCullum to quit international cricket at end of NZ season". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ "New Zealand pick spin trio for World T20". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ "NZ read conditions and rout Bangladesh". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ Meikle, H. (5 August 2010) "Late bloomer has no regret over switching pitches." Otago Daily Times, p.19

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