In his last test match for New Zealand, a true cricketing great, Brendon McCullum has beaten the record for the fastest ever century, scoring it after 54 balls.

Arriving at the crease with his side on the precarious score of 32-3, McCulllum demonstrated why he has been a joy to watch, beating Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq’s scores in 1986 and 2004 respectively to the milestone by two balls.

Yet, the score may not have happened at all, had Australian bowler James Pattinson not stepped over the line before Mitchell Marsh caught McCullum on 39 runs. Small moments in cricket often translate to bigger consequences.

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Incredibly, in the over which McCullum scored his aforementioned hundred, he scored two fours and two sixes, which in itself is rare in Test Cricket. But he is a special player. The key thing about him is not only can he smash the ball, slogging it over the ground continuously, but he knows when to do it, and when not to do it.

The end of an era it may be, but nobody can doubt that McCullum has had a spectacular career, in all forms of the game.