By Amelia Romanos
In what is expected to be a somewhat awkward encounter, Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum will shortly take the stand against former friend Chris Cairns as the second crown witness in the ex-cricketer's perjury trial.
Seated just 20 metres from Cairns in the London court, McCullum is expected on Thursday to describe how Cairns, his former hero and friend, tried to get him involved in match fixing.
Prosecutors say McCullum will tell the court Cairns offered him between $70,000 and $180,000 per game to help match fix in the Indian Cricket League, and that he could get the money back to New Zealand without questions being asked.
McCullum declined to become involved in fixing in 2008 and reported the incident officially in 2011, the Crown says.
The defence is expected to say McCullum is lying and Cairns never approached him about match fixing.
McCullum's evidence comes after another former Black Cap, Lou Vincent, took the stand in the trial at Southwark Crown Court for three days from Monday.
Vincent told the court he began match fixing on Cairns' orders in 2008, giving specific example of matches the pair cheated in.
He broke down in tears as he was grilled by the defence on the second day, bringing Tuesday's proceedings to an early close.
Another former New Zealand cricketer, Shane Bond, is due to give evidence via video link following McCullum on Thursday afternoon.
Cairns faces a charge of perjury and a charge of perverting the course of justice in relation to a 2012 libel case in Britain, in which he claimed he'd never cheated in cricket.