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Brendon McCullum to leave after two games

Calcutta: As has been their want, the Chennai Super Kings are sitting pretty in the top-two of the table, with eight wins from 10 matches. As they begin their last leg of the league phase with a ‘home’ game against Royal Challenges Bangalore in Ranchi on Sunday, CSK face a few personnel changes.

With Dwayne Bravo being sidelined due to shoulder injury, new recruit David Hussey is instantly in the fray for a role in the middle order. And with Brendon McCullum certain to fly back to New Zealand for the birth of his child, there will be another gap to fill.

CSK coach, Stephen Fleming said ahead of the RCB game that they will use this opportunity to experiment a bit with the individual roles in the side. “David will fit into the middle order,” Fleming said, citing McCullum’s impending departure. “Faf has experience in opening, and our main option is to move Faf up in the order and make David play in the middle order, where he is accustomed to playing.

“We’ve got a couple of games before Brendon flies back home and we’ll juggle the players depending on their fitness — Faf looked a bit ginger in the last game.”

Describing his preference for David Hussey, Fleming said: “With the certain opening in the absence of Dwayne and Brendon, we were attracted to David.

“I’ve played some cricket with him and he’s an excellent cricketer. His experience will help.”