Player of the Match
Player of the Match

54 | 4 Runs | AUS: 201/3

  • Adam Voges10 (19b)
  • Steven Smith53 (46b)
  • Trent Boult17-1-60-1
  • Matt Henry9-1-33-0

With those heart-felt words from Brendon McCullum, and with Australia getting a hold on the Trans-Tasman Trophy and the No. 1 ranking again, we bid farewell. That's it. End of Test cricket for a long time. Thanks for joining us. This occasion does make for another listening of this Roy Harper classic

Time for presentation

"I will try to sum up 14 years in two minutes," says Brendon McCullum. "And at the same time not take gloss of the performance of Australia. You guys played excellent cricket. It was played in good spirit too. You have a good leader in Steven Smith.

"Like to thank the fans who have supported us over the year. We try to represent our country with passion and try to do so with smiles on our face. The way you have turned up over the last 12 months, it has been special

"To NZC. To everyone who has supported this New Zealand team over the years.

"To my team. We have had some fun over the last few years. We have achieved some pretty cool things. Hey we have lost a few games, but we have got our souls back. I will remember for the rest of my life some of the time I have spent playing for New Zealand. Thanks for buying in, and accepting we have to play the game differently.

"Lastly, to my family. It is a tough place as a cricketer, spending the time away that you do, it is not possible without a supporting family. I said I will pay you back, and I do mean that. I came in as a youngster, and leave as a 34-year-old with three beautiful kids and an amazing wife. I said I will pay you back, and I love you.

"Thank you again. You can believe in this team. They are a great bunch of men. And good luck Australia."

"We want to win every series we play," says Steven Smith. "We want to win a lot more away from home. That was a good series. The way we were able to adapt. The wickets had a bit in them. We were able to bat for long periods of time.. The bowlers got it right. We have got a great crop of fast bowlers in Australia. They stepped up in this game. Batting has been a reason for our success over the last sort of year. We have got big hundreds. Pleasing that he won't be an opponent but disappointing to see Brendon go. Any captain, you want to change the team for the better, and Brendon has. And he puts bums on the seat, which he has done for a long time."

"Yeah I think it is the best I have played in Tests," says Joe Burns, the Man of the Match. "I just wanted to bat as long as I could. I was just trying to get out of the way, and didn't really try to score much because the fields they set took away my scoring opportunities. I think I have cemented my place, but being an opening batter challenges come every series. You can't be complacent."

Hugs and handshakes all around. Smith seeks McCullum out to congratulate him. All his mates congratulate him. He walks off to a mild applause, and with a smile on his face. Smith and Voges wait for him to leave first

It must be a strange mix of relief and wistfulness coming to an end of such a long career, having done what he loved doing the most. He did it his way. With a smile on his face

Not to be forgotten is a solid Test match from Australia to go to No. 1. New Zealand were flamboyant. New Zealand came up with funky strategies. Australia were solid, trusted their game, worked hard with the ball, drew help from a flat pitch when New Zealand couldn't. All credit to the new No. 1 team in the world, but important words follow from Greg O'C: "OK, we've made it to Number One. The hard work now begins staying there ... just ask India and South Africa."

Boult to Voges, FOUR runs, there it is. Gets a wide half-volley, which he square-drives for four. McCullum applauds them. Voges and Smith hug. They are No. 1 in Tests now

No more undefeated


No. of home Tests lost by NZ under McCullum, before this series in 12 Tests. They lost both the Tests and also lost the first home series under him.

Only one higher


No. of times NZ set a higher target than 201 against Aus in NZ. They had set 210 in Hamilton in 1999-00 which Aus won by 6 wkts.

Another record


No. of NZ batsmen who reached 4000 Test runs in fewer innings and at a younger age than Kane Williamson. He did it in 89 inns at age of 25 years, 199 days.

Finishes high


No. of runs by McCullum in his final Test - most by any captain. Karl Nunes had made 158 runs (66 & 92) in his last Test as captain for WI v Eng, Kingston, 1930.

Safe Hands


No. of catches taken by fielders in the first 2 inns - most in any Test. There were 16 catches in the first 2 inns in NZ v Ind, Hyderabad, 1988-89.

New high


Previous highest individual score by an Aus opener in NZ - 159 by Ian Redpath, Auckland, 1973-74. Joe Burns has gone past that score.

Cracking stand


Run rate in the 179-run stand between McCullum and Anderson - highest in a stand of 150 or more in Tests (where balls known).

Fastest ever


No. of balls required by McCullum to bring up his 100 in this match - fastest in Test cricket history. Prev fastest: 56 balls by V Richards & Misbah.

Another blast?


McCullum's score in his only previous Test inns at Hagley Oval in Christchurch - 195 off 134 (with 11 sixes) vs SL, 2014-15.

Elected to field, again


No. of previous Tests at Hagley oval in Christchurch, before this. SL had chose to field first in that Test as well and NZ won by 8 wks then scoring 441 in 1st inns.