Brendon McCullum smashes fastest test ton in swansong test
Brendon McCullulm redefined the term ending on a ‘high’ as the New Zealand skipper who his playing his final match in International cricket. The 34 year old’s blitzkrieg broke the record of the fastest test ton previously held by Viv Richards and Misbah-Ul-Haq.
At the end of his explosive 145-run innings, the popular New Zealand captain felt a mixture of pride in what he had achieved and embarrassment at breaking a record set by his childhood hero Viv Richards.
With a stream of sixes and fours, McCullum brought up his 100 in just 54 deliveries, two fewer than the previous record of 56 achieved by West Indies’ great Richards 30 years ago and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq in 2014.
With New Zealand fighting to save the series after losing the first Test, McCullum’s aggression had set his side up for a first innings 370 and Australia were 57-1 at the end of the first day.
He was eventually dismissed when Nathan Lyon took a good catch in the deep to end a 179-run partnership with Anderson, who reached his fourth Test half-century from 39 balls and was dismissed for 72 shortly before tea.