Brendon McCullum misses the fastest double hundred in Tests

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum continued his sublime form, as he slammed the fastest Test hundred in New Zealand’s Test history. He got to the landmark in just 74 balls, bettering the record he had set a month ago.

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat in the first Test played between the two teams at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

At 367, McCullum fell five short of what could be the fastest ever double hundred in the history of the game. The fastest double century record stays with McCullum’s fellow New Zealander Nathan Astle, who scored it in 153 balls in the same city in 2002 against the Nasser Hussain led England. McCullum made his Test debut two years after that.

McCullum scored 195 off just 134 balls, an innings that contained 18 fours and 11 sixes. New Zealand were 426 for six, with 12 overs of play remaining on the first day. In the process, McCullum also went on to score 1,000 Test runs in the calendar year.