WELLINGTON: New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum is expected to return to action in the third ODI of the upcoming series against Pakistan.
The opener has not featured since his back injury intensified during the second ODI against Sri Lanka on December 28.
McCullum, who is known for his explosive batting style can potentially return to the field for the concluding match of Pakistan’s tour before he gets ready for his last outing as a New Zealand international.
The Kiwis host regional rivals Australia in a tour which kicks off on February 3 after which McCullum will retire.
“He’s progressing really well and doing plenty of work away from the game, from a fitness point of view and we’re really pleased with the way he’s tracking,” said New Zealand coach Mike Hesson while talking to a sports news website.
“Hopefully he’ll play a part in the Pakistan series and if he does that will be good prep for the Chappell-Hadlee and beyond,” he added.
New Zealand play the final T20I against Pakistan in Wellington on January 22. The series is level 1-1.
The ODI series starts on Monday January 25.