McCullum unconcerned by Cairns evidence

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he was comfortable with the evidence he gave against Chris Cairns before the former cricketer was cleared of perjury charges.

Cairns was found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice in a trial at Southwark Crown Court in late November.

McCullum had appeared as a prosecution witness during the trial, but on Wednesday said he had no concerns over his evidence.

“For me, it wasn’t about whether someone was guilty or not guilty,” he said.

“My role was to go and give the evidence in the trial and I remained pretty unemotional about it, to be honest.

“I don’t think my reputation has been on the line during the whole thing. I was one of a number of witnesses who gave evidence.”


McCullum, who will lead his team into the first Test against Sri Lanka starting Thursday, wanted to focus on the Dunedin clash.

He played down the significance of his evidence as he tried to move on.

“I don’t think my reputation’s been on the line during the whole thing. I was one of a number of witnesses who gave evidence,” McCullum said.

“People will have their own opinions on what unfolded. I was comfortable with it and, as I say, it’s time to move on and focus on a bit of cricket.”

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