McCullum hits fastest ever Test 100
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP):
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum hit the fastest century in Test history from 54 balls in his farewell international game on the opening day of the second Test against Australia today (last night Jamaica time).
McCullum hit a six and three fours from consecutive deliveries bowled by Josh Hazlewood to beat the previous record, shared by Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq, by two balls.
When he reached the milestone after only 78 minutes at the crease, McCullum had hit 16 fours and four sixes.
He was finally out, superbly caught at long leg by Nathan Lyon off the bowling of James Pattinson, for 145 compiled from only 79 balls with 21 fours and six sixes.
McCullum had been caught by Adam Voges off Pattinson's bowling when he was 39, only to be reprieved by a no-ball call. Voges held a sensational diving catch at third slip and McCullum was heading for the pavilion when replays showed Pattinson had over-stepped.