Brendon McCullum retired from Test cricket last night after his New Zealand side were well beaten by Australia in Christchurch.
McCullum, famed for his brash, aggressive style of batting, made his Test debut in 2004 and retires with 6,453 runs at an average of 38.64, scored in 101 matches.
A box-office draw, McCullum holds the record for the fastest-ever Test century, having reached a hundred off just 54 balls in the first innings of his final Test. He ended the innings with 145 off of 79 balls - a testament to the Twenty20 age.
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He also retires as the leading six-hitter in Test cricket, having struck 107 over the course of his 12-year career.
Whilst 38.64 may not sound like a particularly high average, McCullum was never about statistics.
A batsman who had one mode – attack, McCullum has played a significant part in the revolution cricket has seen in recent years, which has inflated scores across all three formats of the game. Regardless of the situation, McCullum would play his shots, no better exemplified than during his record-breaking hundred, when he arrived at the wicket with New Zealand 31-3.
McCullum started his Test career as a wicketkeeper-batsmen before retiring his gloves in 2010 to play as a specialist batsman. Capable of scoring around the wicket, he was well-known as an early exponent of the ‘scoop’ - a shot now part of many top batsmen’s armouries.
The Dunedin native leaves the game second only to Stephen Fleming in the list of all-time New Zealand Test batting averages, and will be sorely missed by fans and players alike around the world.