Exactly two years ago, playing his last match, Brendon McCullum scored his 12th Test century, the fastest (off 54 balls) in Test cricket ever. In terms of minutes taken, his innings was fifth on the list as he took 78 minutes to score a Test century.
Having won the first Test at Wellington by an innings and 52 runs, Australian captain, Steven Smith, won the toss and chose to field. Lesser did he know that the Australian bowlers would have to go through McCullum’s assault.
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McCullum came in to bat at No. 5 in the 20th over. New Zealand were reduced to 3-32 by the Australian fast bowlers on a pretty greenish pitch. In the most normal circumstances, any batsman would have aimed at getting his eye in in the first place. But McCullum had other plans.
In which was a vicious innings, McCullum ended up scoring 145 (79) with the help of 21 fours & six sixes as he tore the Australian attack apart. On the back of one of the greatest farewell inning ever, New Zealand scored 370-10 in 65.4 overs. With bowling figures of 10-0-61-3, Nathan Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowlers.
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