Talk about making your last test memorable! In the second test against Australia at Hagley Oval, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum redefined test batting one final time as he slammed the fastest test hundred of all time. New Zealand was in a spot of bother on 32 for 3 against Aussie bowling until McCullum walked into the middle. He scored his 50 off just 34 balls and shifted gear once more to reach his century off a meager 54 deliveries.
He broke the record of 56 ball test century scored by Sir Viv Richards in 1986 and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq in 2014. McCullum was caught by Mitchell Marsh on 39 but got a life as James Pattinson had overstepped. His 110 ball 172 partnership with Corey Anderson gave New Zealand the much needed boost. McCullum was finally dismissed for 145 off 79 deliveries, an innings laced with 21 fours and 6 maximums. McCullum will also retire with the most number of test sixes, 106 of them in total so far.
In reply Australia have lost the wicket of David Warner to reach 57. This was McCullum’s 12t century and his 6th ton as the captain of New Zealand cricket team. Hagley Oval crowd gave him a standing ovation as he walked back towards the pavilion, his bat held high.