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Spy: Brendon in the pink in London

Brendon McCullum.
Brendon McCullum.

Former Black Caps' captain Brendon McCullum went out for a duck on debut for his new Indian Premier League team this week but he is already planning his next adventure in the UK.

It was a less than impressive start for his team, the Gujarat Lions where he earns upwards of $1.5 million.

McCullum's six weeks of Indian competition is followed by six weeks at Middlesex County Cricket Club in London.

In an interview with the club this week, McCullum wore the pink Middlesex CCC uniform, and was quietly chuffed at his upcoming English sojourn. He will play at the world-famous Lords cricket ground in the wealthy, family-friendly suburb of St Johns Wood.

"I haven't spent a great deal of time in London," he said in the interview.

"To be able to spend six weeks will be quite fascinating, with the history and traditions of London itself and obviously the nightlife. You have to be a bit careful of the nightlife."

The 34-year-old, wife Ellissa and children Riley and Maya will have no shortage of friends to hang out with.

Irish cricketer and England captain Eoin Morgan and Black Cap (and Art Green's Clean Paleo business partner) Mitchell McClenaghan are also among the Middlesex line-up.

And Ellissa has a valuable shopping mate at the ready - Morgan's Aussie girlfriend Tara Ridgway works in public relations for Harrods in Knightsbridge.

- Spy.co.nz

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