"For now, I'll be giving all my attention to helping the team focus on what's coming up over the next few weeks - and making sure we're in the best possible shape for what's going to be a very challenging summer." New Zealand face white-ball assignments against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia before Mc Cullum's two-Test swansong against the Australians.Like Mc Cullum, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White stressed the timing of the announcement was born of circumstance.In the end, the time has come and you've got to move on."Hopefully, I've left the team in a better position when I first took over. Mc Cullum has a unique tattoo covering his upper arm and shoulder.The tattoo comprises of a scroll, which contains the Roman numerals CXXVI (126- his ODI cap number), XLII (42- his limited overs shirt number) and CCXXIV (224- his test cricket cap number). A silver fern tattoo on the left side of his chest shows his Kiwi pride! Since it is not possible for Mc Cullum to wear his wedding ring while playing, he got a ring impression tattooed as an alternative.
The big-hitting Dunedin-born batsman and former wicketkeeper will become the first man to play 100 successive Tests when he leads the Black Caps in the first Test against Australia in Wellington on February 12, before making the second and final match of the series - in Christchurch, starting on February 20 - his last for his country."It's definitely the best team I've been involved in.