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Most sixes by a batsman in an innings of a Test match; Brendon McCullum features twice




New Zealand’s captain Brendon McCullum played one of the most destructive Test knocks on the first day of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. McCullum hit 18 fours and 11 sixes in his 134-ball blitz before holing out to long off, going for what would have easily been test cricket’s fastest double century.

By the virue of this blistering innings, Brendon McCullum has put his name in the list of most sixes by a batsman in a single innings of a Test match.

Player Runs BF 4s 6s Opp Ground Match Date
Wasim Akram (Pak) 257* 363 22 12 Zim Sheikhpura 17 Oct 1996
Nathan Astle (NZ) 222 168 28 11 Eng Christchurch 13 Mar 2002
Matthew Hayden (Aus) 380 437 38 11 Zim Perth 9 Oct 2003
Brendon McCullum (NZ) 202 188 21 11 Pak Sharjah 26 Nov 2014
Brendon McCullum (NZ) 195 134 18 11 SL Christchurch 26 Dec 2014
Wally Hammond (Eng) 336* 34 10 NZ Auckland 31 mar 1933
Chris Cairns (NZ) 120 96 10 9 Zim Auckland 20 Jan 1996
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) 329 436 38 9 NZ Lahore 1 May 2002
Tim Southee (NZ) 77* 40 4 9 Eng Napier 22 Mar 2008
Chris Gayle (WI) 333 437 34 9 SL Galle 15 Nov 2010



Brendon McCullum is going through a purple patch in his career and he has scored over 1,000 runs in the calender year 2014. McCullum became the first New Zealander to pass 1000 runs in a calendar year when he hit his first six, but ended the innings with 1164 runs in the year with the chance of another bat.

Brendon McCullum has already passed 200 runs three times in 2014, scoring 224 and 302 against India at the start of the year and 202 against Pakistan in his last test, last month.

McCullum was at his aggressive best on day 1 of the first Test against Sri Lanka. MCullum showed no respect towards the Lankan bowlers. He batted aggressively right from the first over of his innings and kept smashing the bowlers all around the park throughout his innings.

After McCullum’s breathtaking knock on day 1, former New Zealand cricketer Craig McMillan said that Brendon MCullum is the most destructive kiwi batsman.

“The man is an x-factor player,” McMillan said of McCullum. “He has the ability to dominate and dismantle bowlers and change the tempo and the way an innings is heading very quickly. I think he’s the most destructive and domineering player to play for New Zealkand, certainly that I’ve seen,” McMillan added.


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