Christchurch | New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hit the fastest century in the history of Test cricket Saturday, in just 54 deliveries on the first day of the second Test against Australia in Christchurch.
He erased the previous record of a century in 56 deliveries by West Indies great Viv Richards against England 30 years ago and by Misbah-ul-Haq for Pakistan against Australia in 2014.
McCullum, who is playing in his final Test before retiring, hit the century in just 79 minutes, the fourth fastest on time behind Jack Gregory who hit 100 in 70 minutes against South Africa in 1921.
It was the 12th hundred of McCullum’s career and included 17 fours and four sixes.
The 34-year-old hard-hitter went to the middle with New Zealand struggling at 32-3 and by the time he reached his record the score had improved to 175-4.