On this day in 2016, explosive Kiwi batsman Brendon McCullum played the final Test match of his career against Australia at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. However just like throughout his career McCullum would play a knock to remember for the ages.
The Kiwi had a penchant for playing exceptional cricket during memorable matches whether it be the 158 run inning in the first-ever Indian Premier League match that made the world stand up and take notice or his triple century against India which made him the first New Zealander to reach the milestone.
So in the final Test of his career, McCullum didn’t disappoint as he went after the Australian bowling attack from the start. New Zealand were struggling at 36-3 when he came out to bat with Kane Willaimson at the other end.
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He made his intentions clear as he hit a four on Josh Hazlewood’s second delivery. He then went after Mitchell Marsh smashing him two sixes and two fours before hitting James Pattinson for two boundaries in the next over as lunch was called.
Post lunch, Williamson was gone after Steve Smith took a stunning catch at slip to put the hosts in further trouble. McCullum was caught out in the next over but replays showed that Pattinson had overstepped the line and the batsman got a reprieve.
This would prove very costly as McCullum would continue his fiery inning as he smashed Jackson Bird for a six to bring up his fifty. Following this, Pattinson was dispatched two times to the boundary, Bird got the same treatment before McCullum blasted a six and 3 fours off Hazlewood to move into the 80s.
The next over he completed his century as Hazlewood was hit for 18 runs to bring up the fastest century ever in Test cricket. On the other end, Corey Anderson was also an aggressive model as he completed his 50 off just 39 balls.
The Australian bowlers had no answer as McCullum hit another 43 runs before being dismissed by Pattinson who to the relief of his teammates didn’t overstep this time.
Australia would go on to win the match by seven wickets but it would be McCullum’s inning that would be the highlight of the match.