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— Andrew Voerman (@andrewvoerman) February 20, 2016
The obvious one. Brendon McCullum’s century (54 balls) is the fastest in the history of test cricket.
The 100 took 78 minutes, making it the equal 3rd fastest innings in time, alongside Richie Benaud. This against an attack which has taken slow over rates to new depths
His first six took the number of sixes in tests to 101, a world record. He now has 106.
120 of the 145 scored came in boundaries.
McCullum and Anderson went at 9.76 runs an over, which is the highest ever run rate for a partnership over 150
The 2nd wicket partnership was 2 runs off 8.4 overs. The fifth wicket partnership (179) took exactly twice as long.
That was the highest 5th wicket partnership for New Zealand against Australia.
It was McCullum’s 12th test century. Three current players now sit in the top five of New Zealand century makers.
McCullum has played two innings at Hagley Oval for a return of 340 off 213 balls.