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

McCullum's many records at Hagley Oval

Stats highlights from the first day of the Christchurch Test between Australia and New Zealand, where Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest Test century
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54 Balls required by Brendon McCullum to complete his century - the least in Test history. He went past the previous record of 56, by Viv Richards against England in St John's in 1985-86 and by Misbah-ul-Haq against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014-15.

183.54 McCullum's strike rate in his 79-ball 145 - the second highest in innings of 100 or more runs. Only Richards' strike rate of 189.75 in his 58-ball 110 not out is higher. This is only the fourth instance of a batsman having a strike rate of 150 or more in an innings of 100 or more runs (where balls faced have been recorded).

106 Sixes for McCullum in Tests, the most by any batsman. When he started this innings he was on 100, the joint highest with Adam Gilchrist.

5.63 New Zealand's run rate in their total of 370 - the second highest by any team in a total of 350 or more. Only England's 447 for 3 against Bangladesh in Chester-le-Street in 2005 was marginally better, at 5.73. New Zealand had a run rate of 5.13 in the first innings of their previous Test at Hagley Oval, when they made 441 against Sri Lanka after being asked to bat.

2 Number of New Zealand batsmen who have scored a century in their career's final Test match, including McCullum. Before him, Rodney Redmond had made 107 in his only Test match, against Pakistan in Auckland in 1972-73. The last batsman to score a century in his final Test match was Jacques Kallis, who made 115 against India in Durban in 2013-14.

9.76 Run rate in the 179-run stand between McCullum and Corey Anderson for the fifth wicket - highest in a partnership of 150 or more runs (where balls faced is known). It is also the highest run rate in any century stand against Australia.

427 Total runs scored on the first day, which is the third-highest aggregate on the first day of a Test in New Zealand and sixth highest on any day. The highest is 442, in Wellington in 1931-32 between the hosts and South Africa.

159.62 McCullum's strike rate in the two innings he has played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Before this 145 off 79 balls, he had made 195 in 134 balls against Sri Lanka in December 2014. His strike rate is the highest for a batsman at a particular venue facing 200 or more balls. He had hit 11 sixes and 18 fours in that innings, and six sixes and 21 fours in this innings. His tally of 17 sixes is the most for him at any venue in Tests and fifth-highest for a batsman at a particular venue.

69.18 Percentage of runs which came in boundaries for New Zealand - 256 out of 370. They hit 46 fours and 12 sixes. The percentage is the third highest in a total of 350 or more in Tests. The top two have been both for Pakistan: 69.75% against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2010-11, and 69.67% against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2001-02.

3 New Zealand batsmen who have scored more centuries than McCullum's 12. Martin Crowe made 17, and Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson 13 each. This was McCullum's sixth century as captain.

199 Runs added by New Zealand in the second session, losing three wickets, in 24 overs at a run rate of 8.29. In the first session, they had scored just 74 for 3 in 26 overs at 2.84 an over.

5 Instances of New Zealand's No.5, 6 and 7 all making 50 or more in an innings. McCullum made 145, Anderson 72 and BJ Watling 58. The last such instance for them was in 2008-09 against India in Napier. All five such instances have been in New Zealand. Watling also completed 2000 runs in his Test career in his knock of 58.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • Allan Draycott on February 21, 2016, 6:21 GMT

    1st occasion a captain has scored 100 in his final Test (in which he was captain). Previous best was Richie Richardson's 93 at The Oval in August 1995.

  • B-Radical81 on February 21, 2016, 5:43 GMT

    Mrcric32, thats quite an invalid statement to make... Much like: Had Baz played for Aus/Eng (who play more tests) he would have 300 6s. No-one can say if this or that happened then the result would be this way or that - because it didnt happen!

  • Art on February 20, 2016, 23:03 GMT

    Aaaargggghhh. It's "fewest" balls, not "least". Same principle as "less" and "fewer"...

  •   David Perry on February 20, 2016, 20:54 GMT

    Can you tell me of the 5 instances that NZ nos. 5,6,7 making 50 or more resulted in NZ victories?

  • Chris on February 20, 2016, 19:07 GMT

    Why Mccullum not playing t20 world cup? probably players are more inclined towards IPL to earn more $$.

  • roger on February 20, 2016, 16:58 GMT

    Finally Brendan is free from these ICC managed matches after this wonderful innings. Every cricket fan is so lucky that we can see him in real action soon without any strings to his freedom of expressions in pure cricket stroke play. IPL is coming soon again. We just can't wait ...however we need to go through boring WT20 before the actual action starts where true cricket lovers are watching/playing across the globe.

  • wils on February 20, 2016, 13:24 GMT

    Had Gilchrist played for New Zealand, he would have finished @ 200+ 6s in fewer games. Says a lot when a player's record at particular venue is superior than others.

  • B-Radical81 on February 20, 2016, 12:15 GMT

    One last stat: 100. The percentage of New Zealanders that will miss watching McCullum play for NZ.

  • RAVISHGOWDA on February 20, 2016, 11:46 GMT

    Congratulations to Brendon Mccullum , Great entertainer in all formats , he is a ever green cricketer, he compared to Richard hadly & Jaques kallis

  • Ant on February 20, 2016, 9:21 GMT

    What about the all time 6s record for all nations vs all nations?

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