Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Lefties an Issue for McCullum

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Lefties an Issue for McCullum

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CRICKET: Brendon McCullumCOs Test series as a batsman ended at St GeorgeCOs Park yesterday in a familiar and potentially worrying manner.

McCullum fell lbw to South AfricaCOs left arm spinner Robin Peterson for 11. It completed McCullumCOs series with 82 runs at 20.5 from his four innings.

It was also the third successive time McCullum had fallen to Peterson, a steady but hardly world-beating spin bowler.

In his 119 completed Test innings in 72 Tests, McCullum has been dismissed by a left arm spinner 26 times.

It is a weakness which wonCOt have gone unnoticed by New ZealandCOs next visitors.

Why? Because aside from the worldCOs No.1 bowler Dale Steyn, the other one to have claimed McCullumCOs wicket more than anyone else is EnglandCOs left arm spinner Monty Panesar.

And England arrives for a full tour next month with Panesar in the party, even if he could be a marginal selection as second spinner behind Graeme Swann in seam-friendly NZ. …

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