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McCullum's triple century seals series win for New Zealand

McCullum sauted the Basin Reserve crowd (©GettyImages)
McCullum sauted the Basin Reserve crowd (©GettyImages).

Brednon McCullum has proved himself as a world class batsman this winter, with a century, double-century and triple-century across Test series' against India and the West Indies.

The Blackcaps captain has often been coined as a slogger who couldn't build a mature innings, but since taking over the captaincy from Ross Taylor, in what can only be called 'strange circumstances' the pocket rocket right-hander has played his fair share of captain's knocks.

Twice in this latest series against India he has come in with his side in trouble, and twice he has built big partnerships and big innings to save his side. In Auckland he hit a majestic 224 and then in Wellington this week, he joined in a world record sixth wicket partnership with BJ Watling (124) worth 352 runs, on his way to his second Test double-century in as many games. But he wasn't done there.

He was joined by debutant Jimmy Neesham, and together they put on another monumental partnership, with McCullum passing Martin Crowe's national record of 299, to become the first Kiwi in history to make a triple century in Tests.

This knock, alongside the centuries for Watling and Neesham, meant that New Zealand went from a position where they looked certain to lose the game, to a position where they could've won it. As it was, McCullum decided to allow Neesham and the tail to bat on after he was removed for 302, before coming out in the afternoon to try and force a victory.

However, a draw was enough for the Kiwi's to take the two match series, after victory in Auckland, and so the bowling effort in the afternoon was not much more than a hopeful assault on victory. Virat Kohli took this opportunity to prove his class with an unbeaten century, but, in the nicest possible way, nobody will really care about that innings.

This revival of McCullum, and the undeniable quality of the Kiwi side, is leading them into a new era of International cricket. An era which will see them trouble all International sides, and under the helm of Brendon McCullum, they'll be playing cricket that is pretty damn good t watch as well.

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