12 Dec 2015

Black Caps skipper 'comfortable' with testimony in Cairns trial

1:11 pm on 12 December 2015

New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he wants to focus on cricket and put Chris Cairns' perjury trial behind him.

Cairns was last week cleared of perjury and perverting the course of justice after being accused of lying under oath about match-fixing.

At the trial in London, McCullum was the prosecution's leading witness, saying he had been approached by Cairns in India to match-fix.

Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum during a news conference in Dunedin on 9 December 2015, where he was asked about Chris Cairns' perjury trial.

Brendon McCullum during a news conference in Dunedin. Photo: RNZ / Darryl Baser

Speaking publicly for the first time since the verdict, McCullum said he remained comfortable with the evidence he gave.

"It obviously was a pretty big deal in New Zealand cricket but now that it's over it's time to move on.

"From my point of view, I'm very comfortable with the evidence that I gave in London, but as I say it's now time to move on."

Cairns has publicly questioned McCullum as to why he gave evidence against him.

Chris Cairns arrives at Southwark court on Friday the 30th of November 2015

Chris Cairns walked from the Southwark Crown Court in London cleared of perjury on 1 December. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

But McCullum said a news conference was not the forum to discuss that, and reiterated he was comfortable with the evidence he gave and that he stood by it.

Indian business mogul Lalit Modi filed civil proceedings when Cairns was first charged with perjury in November 2014, and said after last week's acquittal he was considering his options.

McCullum would not say whether he was prepared to appear as a witness in any civil case for alleged fraud that Modi might bring against Cairns.

The perjury charges against Cairns stemmed from testimony he gave in his successful defamation case against Modi in 2012, in which he was awarded more than $1 million in damages and costs.

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