McCullum blasts fastest Test ton in his final match


Brendon McCullum showed what the cricketing world will be missing by blasting a 54-ball century against Australia in his final Test for New Zealand.

McCullum brought up the fastest Test ton with a boundary on day one in Christchurch on Saturday, eclipsing Viv Richard's hundred off 56 deliveries in 1985-86.

The Black Caps skipper - playing in a record 101st successive Test since his debut in 2004 - was afforded a guard of honour by the visitors as he walked out with his side in trouble on 32-3 at Hagley Oval.

Advantageous bowling conditions meant New Zealand had crawled to that total in just under 20 overs, but McCullum took the attack to Australia in typically bullish fashion.

After slicing his second delivery over the slips for four, McCullum took 21 from Mitchell Marsh's first over, including two fours and two maximums.

Two more boundaries followed in the next over, leaving McCullum 36 not out off 15 balls, and he was 37 from 18 when lunch was called.

McCullum was afforded a life after the break, sensationally caught by Marsh off the bowling of James Pattinson on 39, only for the umpire to call a no-ball.

And the big-hitting Kiwi made the most of his chance as he brought up his 50 with a six, his third of the innings, with the home team 104-4.

McCullum was not done there, punishing the Aussie attack ball after ball as the home crowd rose to their feet to celebrate his 12th Test ton.