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McCullum to play for Middlesex

Sky Sports Sky Sports 23/12/2015
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will play for Middlesex in their NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup campaigns next summer. 

McCullum confirmed on Tuesday he will retire from international cricket after February's Test series against Australia.

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The 34-year-old will become the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive Tests when he takes the field in his team's opener against Australia in Wellington on February 12. He has not missed a Test match since making his debut against South Africa in 2004.

After that series he will play in the IPL, after which he will be free to play for Middlesex until 25 June, in which time the county is scheduled to play seven NatWest T20 Blast and four Royal London One-Day Cup matches. 

The big-hitting batsman could then return to the UK to play in the knock-out stages should Middlesex qualify.

McCullum, who played for the Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast last summer and scored 158no against Derbyshire, told the county's official website: "I am delighted to be joining such an auspicious County as Middlesex and very much look forward to playing at the Home of Cricket."

McCullum has over 8,000 runs in limited-overs cricket, including five ODI and two Twenty20 international centuries, with T20 strike-rate of 136 over 70 innings.

Middlesex managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser added: "Signing a player of Brendon's undoubted quality is a huge coup for the club.

"He is one of the most respected, capable and dangerous cricketers in world cricket and will create a great deal of excitement around the club. When he walks out to bat everybody stops what they are doing to watch.

"Brendon's involvement highlights Middlesex's commitment to white ball cricket and we are all looking forward to working with him both on and off the field. His presence will ensure that Thursday evenings at Lord's will be 'must see' events."

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