Updated: February 20, 2016 6:51:28 pm
Brendon McCullum has set a new world record for the fastest Test match hundred in his final international appearance against Australia in Christchurch.
McCullum reached 100 off 54 balls against Australia on the first day of the second Test at Hagley Oval, surpassing the previous record by two balls. The previous record was shared by West Indian Viv Richards and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul Haq.
McCullum, who will retire after his 101st Test appearence and more than 6000 runs, changed the momentum of the game, having arrived at the crease at 32-3 in green, seaming conditions. McCullum was on 39 when he was superbly caught by Mitchell Marsh at gully but replays revealed that James Pattinson had overstepped.
New Zealand were 175-4 when McCullum reached his milestone, blasting a six and three successive fours off Josh Hazlewood’s over.
McCullum attacked from the outset, blasting 16 fours and four sixes in his match-turning knock of 145 off 79 balls.
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