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Day 5

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Smith charged for dissent shown towards umpires

Steven Smith has been charged with dissent over the same incident that saw fast bowler Josh Hazlewood fined 15% of his match fee on day four in Christchurch

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McCullum hopes to be remembered for positivity

Brendon McCullum's positive approach and unburdened spirit were on show in his final Test; it is something he adopted late in his career, and what he'd like to be remembered for

Day 4

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Hazlewood, Smith in umpiring controversy

Josh Hazlewood has pleaded guilty to breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct after showing dissent at the result of a decision review during New Zealand's second innings

Day 3

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Lehmann 'rocket' helped Pattinson bounce back - Voges

James Pattinson copped a "rocket" from coach Darren Lehmann for his costly no-ball transgression on the first day in Christchurch, but bounced back to snare three important wickets on day three

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A day of cricket and calm

Given the poignancy surrounding the fifth anniversary of the devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake, a day of conventional Test cricket seemed fitting

Day 2

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Burns steps out of the shadows

A consistent Joe Burns has always been overshadowed in Australia's power-packed batting line-up and he needed a century like the one in Christchurch to confirm his credentials

Day 1

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McCullum swings to his destiny

For a batsman whose Test hundreds had got incrementally faster and faster, there was a sense of inevitability to Brendon McCullum's 54-ball century in Christchurch

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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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An innings built by aliens?

Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest Test hundred on the first day of his farewell Test. Here are some of the best reactions on Twitter

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Christchurch quake on minds amid the cricket

Hagley Oval is a permanent reminder of the earthquake that devastated Christchurch in 2011, but such reminders will only be intensified over the course of the upcoming Test between New Zealand and Australia

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Relaxed Australia eye No. 1 ranking

John Hastings has said that the dressing room environment under Australia's current captain Steven Smith is more relaxed than it was under Michael Clarke; that seems to be helping the team on the field even as it bids for the top ranking

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'No longer are we consumed by losing'

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson talks about his long association with Brendon McCullum, whose leadership helped New Zealand cricket grow

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.