McCullum to miss pink-ball preparations

McCullum will be a witness in the Cairns perjury trial

McCullum will be a witness in the Cairns perjury trial

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will skip his side’s pink-ball preparations ahead of the Test tour of Australia, during which the first-ever day-night Test match will be played, since he will be a witness in the Chris Cairns perjury trial.

McCullum will be in London for the trial, which begins on Monday, while the rest of the Blackcaps squad will be getting accustomed to the pink Kookaburra ball in a two-day training camp that will take place under lights in Hamilton.

Cairns will stand trial for effectively lying to the court during his 2012 libel case against former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi. Apart from McCullum, former New Zealand cricketers Stephen Fleming, Shane Bond and Andre Adams will also be witnesses during the trial.

Despite McCullum being absent, New Zealand opening batsman Tom Latham pointed out that the team has numerous other players that are capable of assuming a leadership role.

“We’ve got plenty of leaders in the group, there’s plenty of senior players so we’ll go about our business as if we would if he was there,” Latham told Fairfax NZ. “Kane [Williamson] has captained us a little bit in the past, and there are plenty of other senior players.”

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