Sydney, May 3 (ANI): New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and former skipper Ross Taylor have been granted an early release by their Indian Premier League (IPL) sides so than they can make an earlier-than anticipated arrival in England for the Tests.
Although the pair was not expected to arrive on the tour of England until after the completion of the inaugural three-day warm-up match against Derbyshire, they now will have more time to get used to the English conditions before the two-Test series begins at Lord's later this month, News.com.au reports.
According to a Cricket New Zealand spokesman, McCullum is due to join the team during their training session in Derbyshire on Friday with Taylor following within 48 hours.
The report further said that Taylor was replaced as New Zealand captain by McCullum in controversial circumstances during last year's Sri Lankan tour, adding that his demotion opened deep rifts within New Zealand cricketing circles, with many former players saying he had been poorly treated.
McCullum recently scrapped plans to sue former New Zealand skipper John Parker after receiving an apology over claims he said attacked his integrity, the report added. (ANI)