Brendon McCullum's father Stu full of pride

12:28, Feb 18 2014
McCullum the man
HE'S A MAN'S MAN: McCullum enjoys a beer with Tim Southee to celebrate winning the third Test Match between New Zealand and West Indies on December 22, 2013.
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HE KNOWS HOW TO HUSTLE: The University Oval scoreboard shows McCullum scoring 100 runs off 101 balls during day one of the first Test Match between NZ and the West Indies on December 3, 2013... Not a bad test innings strike rate.
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HE'S A WINNER: McCullum celebrates with the trophy after winning the ODI series against England 2-1 on June 5, 2013.
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HE'S EXPRESSIVE: McCullum shows off his posing skills on May 13, 2013.
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HE'S THE MASTER OF REVERSE: Never one to shy away from turning his bat around, McCullum dominates a reverse sweep during the third Test Match against England on March 25, 2013.
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HE CAN LIMBO: McCullum ducks out of the path of a bouncer during the first Test Match against South Africa on March 15, 2012.
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HE LOVES BODY ART: McCullum shows off his tatts during a training session at The Gabba on November 29. 2011.
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HE'S GOT FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES: McCullum, along with fellow cricketing legends Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar at an IPL match on April 18, 2009.
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HE'S A LOYAL BROTHER: Brendon celebrates a glorious century with his brother Nathan during a T20 match against Australia on February 28, 2010.
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HE'S MULTI-TALENTED: McCullum shows off his football and rugby skills during two training sessions.
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HE'S GOT SAFE HANDS: McCullum throws his son Riley into the air after meeting his family at Sydney Airport on November 10, 2008.
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HE'S NAILED BLUE-STEEL: Perhaps our favourite photos of the bunch, McCullum works a fine pout during a portrait session on January 7, 2008.
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HE HAS A SIGNATURE STYLE: McCullum in 2002 and 2006 - Oh how we miss those frosted tips.
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HE'S A FAMILY MAN: Brendon with his family during the first test Match against England on March 6, 2013.
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McCullum becomes the first New Zealander to score a Test Match triple century.

Stu McCullum will have "a quiet red or a beer" waiting for son Brendon when they finally meet up back in Christchurch.

The proud father of the Black Caps captain did it tough at the Basin Reserve this morning.

The nails were bitten to the quick by the time McCullum Jr eased the boundary away that made him the first New Zealander to score a triple century in test cricket.

A nuggety left-handed batsman and sometime wicketkeeper, McCullum Sr spent 14 seasons playing for Otago. His biggest fear when either of his sons, Brendon and Nathan, are batting in international cricket, is that they'll get off the mark.

But the thought that the younger one might one day make 300? Well, that was far beyond what even a cricket-mad dad could imagine.

"Generally I don't get nervous, but this morning I did," McCullum Sr said.

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Not that he's had huge cause to feel anxious in these two tests against India. McCullum Jr has been regarded as a lot of things, but rarely as the man capable of batting for days on end to save his team or guide them to impregnable positions.

But his 224 at Eden Park and now 302 at the Basin Reserve have given him a far different, more exalted, place in history than anyone could've imagined a fortnight ago.

"He's changed, possibly, the way he treats the innings in front of him at the time," his father said. "Obviously the team certainly required him to do that and he's done that the last two tests. He likes to stand up to a challenge.

"He has been a dasher and will probably be a dasher in the future again as well. But the situations required him to do what he's done and I'm very pleased the way he's gone about it."

McCullum Jr has had his critics, not least since he assumed the captaincy. Some players might see these last two innings as an emphatic way of silencing those, but McCullum Sr said that wasn't in his son's nature.

"I haven't spoken to him yet, I'll talk to him over the next couple of days. I'm sure it's very satisfying, but I think the way the team's going is the most satisfying thing for him. With Mike Hesson and Brendon as a partnership, plus the other support staff, they're making some good yards."

Dad almost wasn't part of today's wonderful scenes at the Basin, having made a bit of a hash of his plane bookings.

At one stage he was due to fly back to Christchurch yesterday, then it was this morning and now it will be tonight.

"We'll have a drink when he gets home."

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