Brendon McCullum, playing his last test match, has set a certain standard for the outgoing players. If you are leaving the game, leave it with a bang. His knock will inspire many. Senior commentator Brendon Julian says that “everything has gone up a notch”. And yes it has.
Winning the toss, Captain Steve Smith put the hosts into bat first. After a dismal performance from Kiwi’s top order batsmen, McCullum took matters into his own hands to take steady the sinking ship. He scored a blistering century which eventually became the fastest century scored in the history of the game. As per the news.com.au, New Zealand put on a score of 370 on the score board.
Australia’s Joe Burns and Captain Smith set up a record 289-third wicket partnership to take their side to a mammoth first inning total of 505 in 153 overs. Both scored their centuries which helped them gain a first inning lead of 135 runs, notes ESPN Cricinfo.
Neil Wagner was the pick up the bowlers taking six wickets in his 32 overs.
New Zealand will be looking to end the third day on a positive note and close the lead margin losing minimum wickets. McCullum will be looking to replicate his form in his final inning. If the Kiwis see off the first session of the fourth day, they will eventually get to a big second inning total.
Team Line Ups
Australia playing XI: Steve Smith (C), Joe Burns, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitch Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird
New Zealand playing XI: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Australia vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Trans-Tasman Trophy
Date: Saturday 20 – Tuesday 24, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM local time, 9:30 PM GMT
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Live Stream: Star Sports