Parore picks McCullum as new NZ skipper

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 15:02 PM IST

Wellington: Former wicketkeeper Adam Parore is in favour of Brendon McCullum to take over as the new captain of New Zealand in place of batsman Ross Taylor.

“Ross has the inside running for the test captaincy but I would give the job to Brendon McCullum. In some respects, the importance of captaincy gets overstated, especially in a tactical sense. You don’t win games through magical field settings,” he said.

“I pushed for Daniel Vettori to take over from Stephen Fleming, one of the reasons being that he had more chance of getting the best out of the players. Fleming had become detached from the younger brigade. Lifting your players is the priority for a captain these days,” NZ Herald quoted Parore, as saying.

He further said that captains must be judged by their records and Vettori’s isn’t good enough to say he was a success. Yet given the ongoing top order batting woes, it’s almost a wonder that he managed six victories out of 32 tests, Parore added.

He said: “I don’t have the evidence to predict whether Taylor will or won’t extract the best out of the players, or whether the captaincy affects his own game either way. McCullum - who I understand really wants the captaincy - would be very positive and aggressive in his attitude and demeanour, and definitely worth the punt.”

“As for the World Cup squad, there is no problem with McCullum being selected as the only specialist wicketkeeper,” Parore said.

ANI