McCullum breaks record to give NZ fighting chance

McCullum breaks record to give NZ fighting chance

By Tharushan Fernando

20 Feb, 2016 | 4:37 pm

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum scored the fastest Test century in a strong display of batting against Australia on the first day of the second Test at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

The Black-Caps struggled at the start losing the top order quickly and was on 32 for 3 before McCullum came in, but had to play smart as Williamson fell after making only 7 runs.

The Kiwis were on 74 for the loss of 4 wickets with McCullum at the crease on 37. Anderson came on strong against the Aussie bowling and smashed the 3rd ball he faced over the boundary for a six setting the pace for a quick and useful partnership between him and McCullum

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McCullum slaughtered the Australian bowling and managed to break the long-standing record set by West Indies great Sir Viv Richards against England in 1986, and equalled by Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq in 2014 for the fastest test hundred (in just 56 balls). The 34-year-old managed to hit 100 in 54 balls (smashing 21 fours and six 6’s) to reach his 12th century in his 101st and final Test and break the record.

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McCullum had a big piece of luck on 39, when he sliced James Pattinson to Mitchell Marsh but umpire Richard Kettleborough requested a replay which showed Pattinson had bowled a no-ball.

 

 

McCullum and Anderson managed to put up 179 between them and B.J Watling chipped in a speedy 58 in 57 balls to set New Zealand on the path to a first-innings total of 370 from just 65.4 overs.

Australia is at the crease at the end of play with 57 runs on the board for the loss of one wicket.