Brendon McCullum Brendon McCullum happy to swap courtroom for cricket

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is optimistic he can shift his focus from the courtroom to the task of facing Australia.

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Brendon McCullum is looking forward to doing his talking on the cricket field rather than in the courtroom as New Zealand prepare for the Test series against Australia.

The Black Caps captain last week accused former team-mate Chris Cairns of approaching him to get involved in spot-fixing on three occasions when giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court in London.

McCullum has now turned his attention to facing Australia in a three-match Test series which starts in Brisbane on November 5.

The tourists begin a warm-up game against a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra on Friday and skipper McCullum is relieved to be able to focus on the job in hand after the Cairns trial.

He said: "It's nice [to be on a cricket field and not a court room]. It's obviously a really exciting series as well.

"It's nice to be around the boys again, obviously I missed that first-class game back home so it's good to be able to get back into the nets and really looking forward to this tour."

When asked if his court appearance had been a distraction, he said: "To a degree it has, but I guess it had to be done so now I'm very much just focused on this tour.

"It's a huge challenge for us as a team as well, a new stage in Australian cricket as well. It should be a cracking series and it's nice to be a part of it."

McCullum is optimistic that he will not have any trouble switching his attention to the challenge of taking on Australia.

Asked if he is confident the case is behind him and won't affect his thinking, he said: "I hope so. I had a job to do over there and now I'm back here and very much focused on this series.

"It's three Tests, it's going to be a huge opportunity for us and a massive challenge. That's where my focus needs to be."

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