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Brendon McCullum scores double centuries in consecutive Tests against India

Brendon McCullum is only the fifth player to score a double ton in back-to-back Tests © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum is only the sixth player to score a double century in back-to-back Tests © Getty Images

Feb 17, 2014

Brendon McCullum has scored double centuries in consecutive Test matches against India. He scored 224 runs in the first Test in Auckland and has followed that with another double ton in the second Test in Wellington on February 17, 2014.

McCullum becomes only the sixth player in history and the first from New Zealand to score two double centuries in back-to-back Test matches. This is also McCullum’s third double ton and all three have come against India. Ricky Ponting was the first player to score three double centuries against India.

Wally Hammond, Don Bradman, Vinod Kambli, Graeme Smith and Thilan Samaraweera are the only players to have scored double tons in consecutive Test matches before McCullum. Hammond achieved the feat twice while Bradman achieved it three times.

McCullum is batting on 204 after 144 overs in New Zealand’s second innings of the second Test against India. New Zealand are at 400 for five. BJ Watling is batting on 105.

Below is a table showing the list of batsmen who have scored double centuries in consecutive Test matches. Only their double century scores are listed in chronological order and against which opposition they scored.

Batsman Opp Inn Year
Wally Hammond Australia 251 & 200 1928-29
Don Bradman England 254 & 334 1930
Wally Hammond New Zealand 227 & 336* 1932-33
Don Bradman England 304 & 244 1934
Don Bradman England 270 & 212 1936-37
Vinod Kambli England & Zimbabwe 224 & 227 1992-93
Graeme Smith England 277 & 259 2003
Thilan Samaraweera Pakistan 231 & 214 2009
Brendon McCullum India 224 & 204 2014

* Updated when McCullum was batting on 204.

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