New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 1st day February 20, 2016

McCullum scores fastest hundred in Test history


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WATCH - McCullum's incredible innings

Brendon McCullum has blasted the fastest century in Test history, a 54-ball effort that broke the record jointly held by Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq. In his 101st and final Test match, McCullum attacked Australia's bowlers relentlessly and brought up his milestone by crashing a four over cover off Josh Hazlewood.

McCullum celebrated to a standing ovation from the crowd at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, raising his bat to all parts of the venue in his adopted home-town. His effort was two balls faster than the previous record 56-ball century scored by Richards against England in Antigua in 1985-86, which was equalled by Misbah-ul-Haq against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014-15.

It was all the more extraordinary an innings given that McCullum came in with the score at 32 for 3 in the 20th over, as New Zealand's top order played watchfully against a seaming ball having been sent in by Steven Smith. Kane Williamson scored 7 and took more balls - 69 - than McCullum needed to get to his hundred.

McCullum had been given a major let-off on 39 when he sliced to gully and was brilliantly caught by a diving Mitchell Marsh. However, umpire Richard Kettleborough asked for the third official to check the front foot of bowler James Pattinson and a no-ball was confirmed.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  •   Sumit Prabhakar on February 22, 2016, 16:49 GMT

    Brendon McCullum's you are such a grates player in world cricket after Ab De Velliers

  • L on February 22, 2016, 11:52 GMT

    Well done Mr McCullum! This is coming from "a one eyed Australian supporter" You have shown great leadership and always played the game in the right spirit of cricket even when decisions go bad against you or your team. I am so happy you are retiring though as that means I will be getting a Brisbane Heat season pass this year, because you will be there full time with Lynn & Co with Vettori as coach! I still remember that first innings you ever played in the IPL when it was on free to air. I can't remember what you scored but I am sure it was a hundred or very close off not many balls! You are a little weapon, but I say go out on top! Great career! Great legacy with one of the best NZ sides in history left to grow and follow in your footsteps...

  •   Naveed Rahman on February 21, 2016, 5:01 GMT

    Welldone, McCulum. Great Effort.

  • laurence on February 21, 2016, 0:38 GMT

    Hagley Oval is the same length as the WACA in Perth and 10m wider (so in fact a bigger ground than Gilchrist's home pitch). To all the uninformed Australians and others who believe that all cricket grounds in NZ are smaller than any others just because some of them are located inside rugby stadia- it isn't true.

  • varadarajan on February 20, 2016, 23:29 GMT

    What an innings! coming in at 32 for 3! And smashing the ball around when at the other end of the spectrum we see Williamson doggedly defending and scoring 7 off 69 balls!! What an innings to play in his last test match.CONGRATS bRENDON MAC. NZ cricket will long cherish your explosives innings. Adieu! from tests.

  • Sean on February 20, 2016, 21:40 GMT

    This guy can teach some teams a lot in how to behave after a win AND a loss, not naming any names though (aus). Plays the game full on, yet is respectful of opposition & umpires, gives credit where due and never makes excuses when outplayed. Could yet go out with back to back tons this test. I hope he brings it up with a six that goes out of NZ & lands in my front garden.

  • Lisa on February 20, 2016, 19:45 GMT

    This how one should retire. Not when everybody is begging you to retire. At the peak of his game and setting up a world record!! Cheers, mate.

  • sri on February 20, 2016, 16:44 GMT

    Why so much emphasis on ground size? Sure Aus too is going to play on the same ground and they do have some capable batsmen to break the record in the same game.

  • N on February 20, 2016, 16:19 GMT

    My all time "Attacking Cricket XI" to play on a green-top like this one: 01 Virender Sehwag 02 David Warner 03 Sir Vivian Richards 04 Brian Lara 05 Kevin Pietersen 06 Adam Gilchrist 07 Brendon McCullum 08 Sir Richard Hadlee 09 Wasim Akram 10 Malcolm Marshall 11 Allan Donald

  • Baskar on February 20, 2016, 16:10 GMT

    Just incredible! What a way to end his test career!!