Australia ends day one on 57 for 1, trailing by 313 runs after New Zealand skipper smashes century off only 54 balls in farewell Test.
Australia was 57 for 1 at stumps, trailing by 313, on day one;, with David Warner the batsman dismissed. Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja remained unbeaten on 27 and 18 respectively.
The day was dominated by McCullum, who smashed the fastest-ever century in Test cricket, getting to the mark off only 54 balls – two better than the joint record held by Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq, who both have centuries off 56 balls in Test cricket. During his knock of 145 off 79 balls, McCullum also hit six sixes and took sole possession of the record for the most number of sixes in Test cricket, going past Adam Gilchrist, who has 100, to be on 106.
"We decided our best form of defence was attack. On that wicket, any ball could have had your name on it" - McCullum pic.twitter.com/g5qywuOBFq— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 20, 2016
The day began with Australia in the driver’s seat, after taking three early wickets with New Zealand only having 32 on the board after Steven Smith won the toss and chose to bowl on a seam-friendly track. McCullum scripted the turnaround alongside Corey Anderson (72 off 66), the duo putting on 179 runs off just 110 balls for the fifth wicket.
BJ Watling also contributed 58 runs off 57 deliveries, and helped New Zealand cross the 350-mark.
The New Zealand skipper was particularly harsh on Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh. Hazlewood had impressive figures of 10-5-11-1 at lunch, but his next eight overs went for 87 runs.
Mitchell Marsh pulled off a spectacular catch off James Pattinson when McCullum was on 39, but replays showed that it was a no-ball. McCullum went on to add 106 runs before he was eventually caught at long leg by Nathan Lyon off James Pattinson.
Lyon ended as Australia’s most successful bowler in the innings with 3 for 61.
Australia needs to win this Test to climb to the top of the ICC Test rankings for teams.
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