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Brendon McCullum becomes New Zealand’s first triple centurion

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Brendon McCullum walked in to bat when then team’s score was three wickets down for 52 runs, still trailing by another 194 runs and close to two sessions left © Getty Images

 

Brendon McCullum has become the first New Zealand batsman to score a triple century in Test cricket. McCullum achieved the monumental feat against India in the second Test in Wellington on February 18, 2014. McCullum was on 298 when he played a late cut for a four to brake Martin Crowe‘s New Zealand record of 299.

 

McCullum began the day on 281 with New Zealand at 571 for six. McCullum had already become New Zealand’s second highest run-scorer in an innings. He beat Stephen Fleming‘s 274 not out against Sri Lanka in 2003. Crowe had scored 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991. McCullum had scored a double century against India in the first Test in Auckland.

 

This is the 28th occasion that a triple century has been scored in Test cricket. Three times triple centuries have been scored against New Zealand, but this is the first time a Kiwi player has scored one. This is the fourth time a triple century has been scored against India in Test cricket. McCullum is also only the second player after Hanif Mohammad to score a triple century in he second innings of a Test match. He scored 337 against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958.

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