In a series that was perhaps overshadowed by Brendon McCullum’s impending retirement, Australia beat their fierce rivals 2-0 in the recent Test Series in order to secure their place at the top of the Test Rankings.
The match will be remembered by the stunning 145 runs scored by the aforementioned McCullum, who scored the fastest ever Test Century from just 54 deliveries.
Despite McCullum’s 145, New Zealand only mustered 370 runs before being bowled out. Australia scored 505 in reply with their first innings. Despite an impressive 97 runs from Kane Williamson for the Kiwis, their second innings only came to 335 runs. Brendon McCullum only managed 25 runs in his final innings, though he still got a standing ovation from the crowd in ChristChurch: a true cricketing legend.
Australia, then, only needed a relatively 200 runs to win the test match and thus complete the series win. They did this by only losing three wickets. Despite this win, the match was naturally overshadowed by Brendon McCullum’s retirement, a true testament to his ability and influence.
However, McCullum is not the only player to have announced his retirement. The Australian bowler, Ben Hilfenhaus has also decided to retire from first-class cricket.