Saving the best for last: McCullum hits fastest century in cricket history in his final Test

hidden, Feb, 20 2016
Saving the best for last: McCullum hits fastest century in cricket history in his final Test

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum set a new record for the fastest test century after lunch on the first day of the second test against Australia on Saturday when he clouted exactly 100 runs in 54 balls.

McCullum, who hit 16 fours and four sixes to notch his 12th test century, needed two fewer balls than the 56 that West Indies' Viv Richards needed against England in Antigua in 1986 and Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq took against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

McCullum, who hit 16 fours and four sixes to notch his 12th test century, needed two fewer balls than the 56 that West Indies' Viv Richards needed against England in Antigua in 1986 and Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq took against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014. Getty

The 34-year-old was actually dismissed on 39 when Mitchell Marsh produced a superb diving catch in the gully but was reprieved when television replays showed James Pattinson had bowled a no ball.

Playing his 101st and final test, McCullum counter-attacked before lunch after Australia had reduced his side to 32 for three.

He took 21 runs off Marsh's first over and went to the break on 37, before he used his second life to attack Australia's bowlers, dispatching them to all parts of Hagley Oval.

He was scoring so quickly, the milestone only flashed up on the big screen when he was on 96, bringing the crowd to their feet and he promptly hit the next delivery to long-off for his 16th boundary.

McCullum had earlier surpassed the record for most test sixes when he hit his 101st before lunch.

McCullum moved to 11 with the shot over the long on boundary from the bowling of Marsh.

He had equalled former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist on 100 sixes in the second innings of the first test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin in December.

Reuters

Published Date: Feb 20, 2016 | Updated Date: Feb 20, 2016


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115