Brendon McCullum © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum © Getty Images

Dec 26, 2014

Brendon McCullum on Friday created history by smashing the fastest century by a New Zealand batsman in Test cricket, during the opening day’s play against Sri Lanka at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. McCullum faced 74 balls and cracked 10 boundaries and five sixes to get to the feat.

McCullum has had a fantastic year personally as well, as this was his fourth century in Tests in 2014. He scored 224 and 302 against India at home earlier this year, and scored a fine 202 off 188 balls against Pakistan at Sharjah in November to help New Zealand level the series.

According to AFP, Big-hitting Brendon McCullum was in record-breaking form as he led New Zealand to 215-4 at tea on the first day of the first Test. McCullum was not out 102 after cracking the fastest Test century by a New Zealander and also becoming the first New Zealander to post 1,000 runs in a calendar year.

Kane Williamson, who partnered McCullum for nearly two hours, was dismissed in the penultimate over of the middle session for 54. Their 126-run partnership wrested the initiative back in New Zealand’s favour as they recovered from 88-3 when Ross Taylor was run out in the first over after lunch.

McCullum, who admitted he desperately wanted to win the toss to bowl first on the green wicket, made a mockery of the bowler friendly conditions, AFP reported.