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Big-hitting McCullum joins 200 ODI sixes club in his last ODI

Monday, Feb 8, 2016,11:23 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Hamilton | Brendon McCullum completed the sixes double century Monday as he signed off his one-day international career with a trademark blockbuster of an innings in the third one-day international against Australia in Hamilton.

One of the biggest hitters in the game, McCullum smacked the ball over the boundary three times in his 47 off 27 balls to take him to 200 sixes from 260 one-day matches to go with his 100 Test sixes.

His power-hitting approach gave New Zealand a rollicking start in the series decider with the home team 84-1 in the 10th over when McCullum was dismissed.

But a spectacular collapse later in the batting order saw New Zealand falling for 246 in 46 overs.

Martin Guptill top scored with 59 at Seddon Park and Grant Elliott chimed in with 50.

When New Zealand were set for a big finish the innings collapsed with the last five wickets falling for nine runs in 14 deliveries, ending in the 46th over.

New Zealand and Australia went into the match locked at 1-1 and with McCullum looking to end his illustrious ODI career by claiming the winner-takes-all showdown.

The 34-year-old received a guard of honour from Australia as he took the field and, after ensuring a flying start for New Zealand, received a standing ovation from the capacity 6,000 crowd when he departed.

McCullum shares the world record for Test sixes with Australian Adam Gilchrist and is fourth on the ODI list which is headed by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi with 351. Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya hit 270 ODI sixes in his career and the West Indies’ Chris Gayle smashed 238.

After this match he will play in two Tests against Australia before retiring from international cricket.