New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has announced that he may open the batting for his country during the 2015 World Cup.
McCullum’s comments come after New Zealand have failed to find an opening pair who can coincide with each other and build strong partnerships on a regular basis.
“We’ve got a No 3 and No 4 [Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor] who I believe are as good as any No 3 and 4 in the world,” McCullum told stuff.co.nz. “Then a guy like Luke Ronchi scoring runs significantly down the order who can close out games and we’ve got experience and hitters too.
“[Opening] probably suits my game as well, there’ll be no stone unturned, we’ll definitely be having a go. I also think Guppy [Martin Guptill] and I go well as a combination.”
McCullum also revealed that he will be moving back to the number five spot during the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, even though he scored 202 against Pakistan in Sharjah while opening the batting.
“It’s back down to No. 5 for me in this Test series. It was a horses-for-courses option in Sharjah, we needed the extra bowling option over there,” he said. “I think you need to have a couple of players in the group who are quite fluid and it’s easier to do for the captain, there’s a bit more experience and a bit less pressure.”