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McCullum ready to quit wicketkeeping duties

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has revealed he could give up the wicketkeeper's gloves for good.

The 31-year-old scaled back his work behind the stumps during the tour of England - which ended with a 1-0 NatWest Series Twenty20 win following last night's washed out second game at the Kia Oval.

McCullum only kept wicket in the second Investec Test at Leeds, after BJ Watling was injured in the opener, before handing the gloves to Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham in the limited-overs arena.

The emergence of those players has led McCullum to admit that he would now contemplate reducing his duties and allow him to concentrate on his leadership.

"It's something that needs discussing," said McCullum, who only inherited the captaincy from Ross Taylor at the start of the year.

"On this tour we've seen some different guys get opportunities with the gloves.

"We'll let the dust settle on this tour and work out the best balance of our line-up and whether that involves me taking the gloves or not.

"It's an option if we can balance the team right. I'll do whatever I am required to do really.

"We're just lucky we have got plenty of guys in the country who can make the team as a batter and also have keeping as an option."

Watling has established himself as the preferred option in Test cricket. However, the limited-overs positions still appear up for grabs.

Ronchi failed to impress in his first tour since making the switch from Australia. While the 32-year-old was tidy behind the stumps he struggled at the top of the order, managing just 47 runs in six innings.

Latham was trusted with the gloves for Tuesday's five-run Twenty20 win and earned praise from McCullum despite missing a simple stumping off Roneel Hira.

The 21-year-old, who had earlier hit 22 from 17 balls, bounced back by claiming the key catch to remove England top-scorer Luke Wright before running out dangerman Jos Buttler late on.

"This T20 series was about Tom getting those opportunities," McCullum said.

"I think he did a really good job barring that one stumping which he was really disappointed about.

"I thought he did an excellent job in the way he came back and chipped in with some runs as well.

"He's obviously a player for the future for us and we've got to work out where he fits amongst the short-version game.

"We've obviously got two other viable options in Ronchi and Watling."

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