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The retiring Black Caps captain smashed the fastest century in Test history against Australia in Christchurch, reaching triple figure off just 54 balls. He breaks the joint record of Misbah Ul Haq and Vivian Richards.
Making the moment doubly as special was the fact the innings came in McCullum’s final Test, with the 34-year-old to retire from international cricket after this match.
In the farewell match of McCullum, Australia winning the toss asked New Zealand to bat first. New Zealand lost their top four wickets for 74. On the green top, Australian bowlers were too good for Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholas.
McCullum came to bat at No.5 blasts, Australian bowlers. The Bazz is known for his creative and explosive batting and aggressive brand of cricket. The entire cricket world has paid attention at McCullum, who think the dashing Black Caps captain changed the face of cricket with his style of playing. He poured confidence in the team and brought them to the final of the World Cup 2015. He was the first New Zealand captain to do so. He also batted with a vigil in T20 cricket. So, a batsman who made an enormous contribution to cricket was adored and watched by cricketers and fans on his farewell Test.
A typical McCullum was witnessed at Hagle Oval, the broken heart of New Zealand and the home of McCullum. He avoided his retirement from playing the T20 as he wanted to bid goodbye to cricket in front of the home crowd.
And he did want to deprive his fellow citizens of watching his last innings from the stands as he hit a 54 ball hundred and finally ended on 145 off 79 balls when James Pattinson found a way to block the storm.
But, the Bazz had done his job, the entire Hagley Oval, stood up and praised the hero.
McCullum might not know what he has done, but the world was shocked as the first tremor and followed by a couple of aftershocks caused by McCullum turned the attention of cricket world to the epicentre Hagley Oval.
Watch the video of McCullum’s innings