Australia took advantage of winning the toss and put New Zealand on a lively pitch today at Christchurch. Their decision got them three cheap wickets early in the first session. New Zealand lost Guptill at 21, Latham at 23 and Nicholls at 32 which put Williamson under pressure. But it also brought Brendon McCullum to the crease and he had his own plans for today. It was his last appearance in international cricket and he wanted to make it a special occasion not for himself but also for Kiwis cricket and his fans too. Within no time, he pushed Australian bowling squad away from their triumphant onslaught and launched his own counter-attack that stunned the opposition. He continued with his blitzing style of batting and within no time, made a new world record for the fastest century ever scored in the history of Test cricket.
So instead, Brendon McCullum fired from the hip, spectacularly, to blast a world record 54-ball century against Australia on a mind-boggling first day of the second test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Just before 2pm the full house of 8000 stood and roared as McCullum carved Josh Hazlewood through extra cover for four to raise his century, passing the 56-ball record jointly held by Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq.
It was eye-rubbing stuff as grown men clapped and grinned with wide-eyed wonderment. McCullum simply lifted his helmet, raised both arms and was embraced by batting partner Corey Anderson who helped him add 100 for the fifth wicket off just 57 balls. After being in trouble at 74-4, the Black Caps were flying at 175-4 midway through the second session.
His innings included 16 fours and four sixes. However he also got immense support from the godess of Fate that remained very kind on him. He had a huge slice of luck on 39 when caught by Mitchell Marsh, a one-handed screamer at gully off James Pattinson. He’d walked 20 meters away from the wicket when the replays showed it to be a no ball. From then on, he didn’t look back. With Anderson, the pair hammered 55 in one four-over burst and McCullum went to his century with 6, 4, 4, 4 in successive Hazlewood deliveries.