Brandon McMullen is a South African cricketer who gained fame for scoring a century against Oman during the 16th match of the World Cup Qualifier in 2023. He also became the fourth player to score a century and take five wickets in the same match.
Brandon McMullen was born on Monday, 18 October 1999 (age 24 years; as of 2023) in Durban, South Africa. His zodiac sign is Libra. He did his schooling at Clifton Preparatory School, Nottingham Road and Hilton College, South Africa. He pursued his higher education at the University of Stirling, Scotland. During an interview, he shared that when he was young, his father and brother were his cricket coaches, teaching him the game. He also mentioned that his stepmother played a significant role by supporting him and watching his matches when he was in junior school. While studying at Hilton College, he served as the captain of the cricket team. In an interview, he talked about captaining the team and said,
Captaining Hilton College was a huge honour and privilege, I loved captaining the team, the boys got the best out of me. They were so easy to work with. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be a part of than last year’s side. The boys were incredible on and off the field, the laughs and banter around the Hart Davis… It was the best time of my life. And I believe this is why we were so successful. Being captain of Hilton was a dream come true.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Brandon’s father’s name is Paul McMullen.
His stepmother’s name is Glynis Turner.
He has an elder brother, Grayson McMullen.
When he was living in South Africa, he played cricket at the under-19 level for KwaZulu-Natal Inland and Hollywoodbets Dolphins. In 2017, he participated in the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week held in Johannesburg, representing KZN Inland U19. The following year, he played in the Cubs Franchise Week in Stellenbosch, representing Dolphins U19. In 2018, after relocating to Scotland, he joined Stirling County Cricket Club to play club cricket. He also played regional cricket for Western Warriors.
In Scotland, he participated in the West Premier League and the Scottish Cup, which is a knockout competition at the national level. He also played in several T20 competitions. In all these matches, he scored a total of 748 runs with an average of 47, achieving 7 fifties and 1 hundred. His highest individual score was 127. Additionally, he took 29 wickets with an average of 14.8 and an economy rate of 3.1. His best bowling figures were 5 for 25 in 10 overs.
Once he obtained residency in Scotland, he became eligible to represent the Scottish national cricket team. As a result, he was chosen to be part of the team for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup held in Australia. He made his ODI debut on 1 December 2022 against Namibia at Windhoek in the ICC Cricket World Cup League. He made his T20 debut on 20 July 2023 against Germany at Edinburgh. In the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, in his One Day International (ODI) career, he managed to take five wickets, showcasing an impressive performance with figures of 5/34 in a match against Ireland. His outstanding contribution led his team to a close victory. During the tournament, he achieved a remarkable feat by scoring his first-ever One Day International (ODI) century against Oman. He scored an impressive total of 136 runs from 121 balls in that match. In the same tournament, Scotland secured a significant victory by defeating the West Indies by seven wickets. The West Indies team set a target of 181 runs, but Scotland managed to chase it down and scored 185/3 in 43.3 overs to claim the win. In an interview, he talked about his performance in the match and said,
I am not too sure on bowling nine overs on the trot. It was going my way so had to make use of it…Just tried to play my game, rebuild and give my team the best chance of winning the game.”
- His jersey number is # 21 (Scotland).
- Before playing for Scotland, he used to play for his domestic team KwaZulu-Natal Inland Under-17s.
- His batting style is Right-hand Bat and his bowling style is Right-arm Medium.