Wellington - New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed on Thursday that top-order batsman
Kane Williamson will take over the captaincy in all three formats of the
game following the retirement of Brendon McCullum.
The 25-year-old had been expected to succeed McCullum having already led
the side in one-day internationals when the former captain was rested
or injured, and at the recent World Twenty20 tournament in India.
He will become New Zealand's 29th test captain when Mike Hesson's side tour Zimbabwe and South Africa in July-August.
"Kane has been a leader within the team for a long time now and already
shown himself to be an extremely capable captain," NZC Chief Executive
David White said in a statement.
"He's respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his
professional approach both on and off the field, and has a superb
"His drive to see the team succeed and his passion for the game are what
you look for in a leader. He's ready for the role and will only
continue to grow," added White.
McCullum retired in February following the test series against Australia
after four years in charge, during which time the team made their first
World Cup final and became more competitive in the longest form of the
"It's certainly an honour," said Williamson. "I've really enjoyed my
time spent as captain and believe this team can achieve a lot.
"I'm lucky to have a number of experienced players around me for support and will certainly look to utilise this."
Williamson, who made his international debut in 2010, had filled in for
McCullum as recently as limited overs series against Sri Lanka and
Pakistan earlier this year before the former wicketkeeper resumed the
job during Australia's tour of New Zealand in February.
"I've certainly learnt a lot from Brendon, as has everyone who has
played with him," added Williamson, who was named in February as the
2015 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year.
"The culture that he and Mike have cultivated has been a huge part of
this teams success in recent times. We not only have good players, but
good people too and that certainly makes any captain's job easier."