Brendon McCullum has written his name into the New Zealand record books by scoring the first ever Test triple century by a New Zealander in their game against India at Wellington's Basin Reserve. His innings overtook the previous highest of 299 by Martin Crowe against Sri Lanka in 1991.
The Black Caps captain led from the front as New Zealand piled on the runs to avoid defeat and turn a losing position into a possible charge for victory. Ultimately the game ended in a draw but the turnaround was remarkable and was largely due to McCullum and his tremendous knock. By drawing the game New Zealand were able to achieve a momentous series victory over the Indians.
This innings of 302 followed an equally impressive knock of 224 in the 1st Test against India at Eden Park, Auckland. His knock helped to inspire his side to victory and certainly was the spark that led to his record breaking innings in Wellington.
McCullum's innings in Wellington broke numerous records - his innings was the longest by a New Zealander in terms of balls faced (559), his sixth wicket partnership with BJ Watling (352) was the highest ever sixth wicket stand, the innings of 680/8 was the highest innings by New Zealand and was also the highest ever third innings in Test cricket history.
Prior to this New Zealand summer McCullum had only scored 6 Test match centuries for his side and had never seemingly found a suitable batting position for a prolonged period of time. His century against the touring West Indies side prior to Christmas and his two huge knocks against India have improved his standing in Test match cricket and probably helped prolong his stint as captain.
McCullum has often been regarded as a destructive one-day player who is a seriously talented cricketer that was unable to stamp his authority on Test match cricket. Despite being the current captain of the side McCullum's very existence in the side has been questioned especially as McCullum is now solely a batsman rather than a wicket-keeper batsman. He was forced to give up the gloves due to injury problems. His back to back innings against the Indians has certainly silenced his critics for now.
He has made the impact that he would have wished for throughout his career and will now hope to maintain his form as he aims to be more consistent in the future in Test match cricket.
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