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20th February 2016: Brendon McCullum Smashes Ton to Sign Off in Style

Cricketnext Staff |February 20, 2019, 2:03 AM IST
20th February 2016: Brendon McCullum Smashes Ton to Sign Off in Style

On this day in 2016, New Zealand star Brendon McCullum signed off from international cricket in style by smashing a century in his final game, against Australia in Christchurch.

McCullum was at his punishing best as he brought up the fastest-ever Test ton, in just 54 balls. He surpassed the previous joint-record of 56-balls set by Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq.

In the Test, New Zealand batsmen did not have the best of starts and were reduced to 74 for 4 at one stage. But then things changed for good for New Zealand, as McCullum took the attack to the Aussie bowlers and smashed 21 runs in a Mitchell Marsh over. When batting on 39, he was given a life-line, as he was caught off a no-ball.

Courtesy McCullum's efforts, the hosts managed to post a challenging 370-runs on the board. He was well supported by Corey Anderson (72) and BJ Watling (58).

But then Joe Burns and Steve Smith scored centuries and spoiled the party for the Kiwis and posted 505 runs on the board.

In the third innings, New Zealand were bundled out for 335 and Australia managed to win the match by seven wickets.

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