McCullum makes 300

February 18th, 2014 at 11:48 am by David Farrar

In a five hour working group meeting on e-voting but actually mainly been following the online. Brendon McCullum has just made his 300 (302), beating Martin Crowe’s 299,which gives him the NZ test batting record. A superb display from McCullum, and from the Black Caps generally. Has been a great summer of .

UPDATE: And now out on 302. Thank God it was not two deliveries earlier!

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51 Responses to “McCullum makes 300”

  1. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Legend!!!!

    And it’s McCullum…

    IMO this is the GOAT innings by a NZ batsman considering the match situation, injury niggles, the series situation etc.

    Previously the best NZ innings IMO was Stephen Fleming’s 134* in the 2003 world cup. I think this beats it

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  2. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    Dime needs a minute. Emotional Dime.

    What an effort.

    I hope he kicks on now and is our tough bastard version of the steve waugh type captain.

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  3. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    Great knock McCullum but greatest NZ innings of all time Nick? It is certainly up there but you have to factor in the piss-weak bowling…(Which is also why I wouldn’t have Crowe’s 299 in my top three either)

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  4. Bovver (173 comments) says:

    Give that man a DB

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  5. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Very good shit.

    Basin still needs a flyover over it.

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  6. Ed Snack (1,883 comments) says:

    Great innings and I’d say greatest I’ve seen anyway. When NZ were 96/5 we were staring straight down the barrel of an innings plus defeat to ruin our series. We needed some truly committed batting, weak attack or not. We’re now in the box seat.

    But I would add, not to detract from McCullum but both Watling and Neesham just have to be included, McCullum couldn’t do it on his own.

    And now Southee’s out, will they declare and go for the win ?

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  7. TheContrarian (1,086 comments) says:

    A fucking amazing season of cricket

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  8. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    Brilliant Baz!

    It is the greatest test innings longknives, although we all know you will try and rain on the parade. We were 94/5, 150 away from even making them bat again (and to win a series)! How tough can a situation be?

    Fleming 134* ranks up there as a one day innings, but test cricket is the real deal. His 274* away in Sri Lanka against Murali at his peak is right up there, but we were leading from the front in that match.

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  9. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    I’m not trying to rain on the parade- It is a fantastic knock! But I see everyone get all excited and throw out ‘Greatest ever’ call so bloody often I think sometimes you all need to take a deep breath and calm down a little!
    Zapper did you only start watching cricket in the last ten years?

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  10. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    Easily the best innings. The dude has been bating since sunday morning?

    Its easy to piss on the indian attack – they did bowl us out cheaply in the previous two innings. Sharma’s figures have been outstanding til now.

    This was a captain battling to win us a test series. We are ranked above zimbabwe only? against the might of india.

    People get excited, best ever thrown around too much. BUT i believe in this case it actually was.

    He must be rooted! imagine the concentration! (not as hard as throwing a rock like our best ever sportsperson does) but still!

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  11. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Longknives

    I think India are well below their best in this tour but I don’t think that makes the Indian bowling attack bad.

    Zaheer Khan is India’s second most successful pacer behind Kapil Dev. Shami was being touted as the next big thing before the tour. Even Sharma who IMO is a rubbish pie thrower has bowled ok at times (though certainly not as good as most Indian fans will believe, they think he is an Indian Glenn McGrath lol).

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  12. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    No I didn’t longknives, I would wager I’ve watched a lot more than you have and based on your comments, you have limited knowledge of the game. Thanks for asking though.

    Now back to Baz, completely brilliant.

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  13. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    “and based on your comments, you have limited knowledge of the game.”

    Coming from a guy who can only offer Stephen Fleming in comparison….

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  14. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Bitch please! :-)

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  15. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    McCullum’s average must be about 38 now? I’d love to see him finish on 40+.

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  16. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    Longknives ya hater – how about you give us your top 5 kiwi innings of all time. Based on your huge knowledge of the game.

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  17. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    I offered the next best test innings in comparison, it happened in the last decade which isn’t surprising given the amount of cricket played now. Crowe 188* is a contender, Sutcliffe in the bloody Tangiwai test is a contender but in my opinion this is the best given the situation and opposition (#2 in the world although you will pretend they are useless).

    Crowe himself rates his 81* against the Windies in world cup 1992 as his best so that must deserve a look too.

    Don’t you have some puppies to go and kick or something?

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  18. Duxton (654 comments) says:

    9 runs needed to set a new record for NZ’s highest innings total….

    (Currently 671-4 decl)

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  19. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    “Crowe 188* is a contender” – i think he scored 188 a couple of times?

    is one where he got hit in the head vs aussie and came back out to bat after retiring hurt? i was a young dime at the time, i think thats how it went down..

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  20. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    Zapper I agree completely.

    The situation, against a well rested bowling attack the track suited perfectly, saving the test and winning series, batting with an out of form with the bat ‘keeper and then an on-debut bowler who bats.

    The greatest NZ innings of all time.

    The fact that is also the highest (so far) is a bonus.

    I would suggest also he has had the greatest season of cricket by a NZer ever; Three tons (inc. two doubles), captaining two series wins (assuming India follow the script later today), great ODI series results.

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  21. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Loved Lou Vincent’s 100 on debut at the WACA against McGrath, Warne and Lee…that was some innings.

    Chris Cairns 100 in the VB series following it was pretty awesome too.

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  22. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    I think we’re the same age dime (you post more than me, I’m not a stalker).

    The 188 I meant was in Hadlee’s test at the Gabba when he ripped apart the Aussies and helped set up an innings win although obviously Hadlee deservedly takes the most plaudits for that one.

    I think it was at the Basin when Bruce Reid hit him and did some damage, then he came back out and smacked them around?

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  23. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Yup, agreed Tinman, Ross Taylor not far behind with 5 international 100s in the summer too though.

    When should they declare, or should they declare at all? I was previously thinking we should just shut them out, but could be demoralising to knock their top order over as well?

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  24. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    Dime once scored a glorious 100 for Glen Eden intermediate. Backs against the wall. The stroke play was unbelievable. I know that is in a lot of peoples top 5..

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  25. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    McCullum has made 535 runs in the series… 8 more tests this year.. youd put money on him hitting 1000 runs for the calendar year.

    How far from the top 10 in the rankings will he be?

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  26. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    Zapper aka Dimes stalker – sounds about right!

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  27. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    I once got a 63 ball duck playing against Bay of Islands college (actually dead serious).

    Was about 13 playing against 18 year olds. Had no strength to hit it off the square but managed to keep out the straight ones. Then got out trying a hook for 6 after being barracked by my own team. Had to say I saw a bit of myself in Watling yesterday.

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  28. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    Depends on the quality of bowling Dime (How much masking tape etc the Glen Eden seamers wrapped around the tennis ball)

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  29. Tinshed (170 comments) says:

    He knocked the bastard off.

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  30. mister nui (1,029 comments) says:

    After a great day skiing, it was a very pleasant end to the day to come in and see he had made it.

    Well done BMac!

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  31. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    680/8 declared.

    Not a good 60 overs to bowl em out :)

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  32. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    67 overs, I wouldn’t rule it out. They have serious class like Kohli, but they’ll all have weary bodies and minds. Meanwhile our bowlers have had their feet up since Saturday afternoon.

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  33. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    MT

    Do you mean greatest season for an NZ batsman? Sir Richard probably has the best 5 seasons for an NZ cricketer wrapped up.

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  34. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    No doubt, this was a tremendous effort and Brendon needs to be congratulated. Even taking into account SH1 pitch and a buffet bowling, this was an excellent effort.

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  35. johnwellingtonwells (137 comments) says:

    Bovver – McCullum is a southern man and would prefer Speights rather than Auckland fizzy water

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  36. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    34 comments and not a single retraction from any of the glass half empty 3rd 11 wannabees who have taken every half chance to kick Bazza in the nuts since he began his first class career, often when not even provoked and certainly not deserved.

    Came in at 94/5.
    Batted three days, against the attack of world ranked second in tests,
    Saved the second test to preserve a 1/0 rubber lead.
    After losing toss for the 7thsuccessive time with Dhoni and being asked to bat on the greenest wicket this year,
    Highest test innings for a NZ batsman,
    Highest ever NZ innings score,
    Highest sixth wicket score ever in some 1500 tests from any nation, got Jimmy Neesham thro to the highest debut score for a seventh drop,
    Has three scores in the NZ top ten, Glen Turner has two and all others are one offs.

    Bazza you little beauty, what a summer of cricket.

    Oh and what a great occasion fo Twometer Peter Fultons last test, how quickly will that be forgotton, great question for trivial pursuit.

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  37. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    Zapper, I’m trying to recall King Dick winning two series in the same summer – which is what I meant by “season”.

    There can be no doubt he (Hadlee) is still NZ’s best ever player – although McCullum is only 32 – and well remember his fantastic results but can only think of one series per summer.

    I did use a ? in the point I made but thinking about it I’ll stand by the comment.

    Nickb, test cricket leaves the other stuff for dead, I only mentioned the ODI stuff as an afterthought. What did your part-timer make in tests this year, two? Against the worst bowling attack in world cricket (No, I don’t count Zimbabwe).

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  38. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    GD, I agree but please – please – get your bloody facts right.

    Oh, and you forgot he just joined a list of (now) three batsmen (one (the ocker) a pretender, one one of the greatest ever) who have followed a double with a triple in consecutive tests.

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  39. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    “(the ocker) a pretender,”

    Bradman the “Pretender”–

    Tests- 52 Average- 99.94
    First-class games- 234 Average- 95.14

    God fucking help me…

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  40. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    I’ll bite.

    Maybe you can give me Bradman’s away record on the subcontinent.

    I’ll accept in the Windies if you prefer, even consider in Africa or details of how he increased his fantastic home average (of SFA) in NZ – All test playing nations in Bradman’s day.

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  41. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    MT

    Didn’t we beat Australia home and away in 1985/86 thanks largely to Sir Richard? On results B Mac certainly has had a tremendous season, along with his individual stats. Richard Hadlee on individual stats alone would be hard to beat over quite a few seasons is really my point.

    10/2 and batting looks much harder now. Come on boys, make the 300 worth even more by snatching a win.

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  42. Kiwisaint (3 comments) says:

    ….one of the best innings must be that 307 off 115 balls (retired) from the CEO of Hawkes Bay Cricket earlier this summer? :-D

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  43. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    I know you are excited about McCullum’s fine innings Tinman but take a deep breath and have a think about it- 80 Test innings and Bradman averaged 99.
    I think that makes him worthy of being ranked one of the game’s all time greats- don’t you?

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  44. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    “One of the” longknives, correct. Hard to know what he would have done if he’d actually had to leave Australia or England though

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  45. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    Hats off to him for showing some serious leadership and consistent determination.

    At the risk of souring the soup, the tragedy is that he has had this ability for years. I haven’t seen any of this innings, but his strike rate during it suggested that he was being very disciplined. Will he realise that you don’t have to be in shitters’ ditch before you set out to construct an innings?

    Maybe he should have been made captain as soon as he got in the team. ;)

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  46. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    Zapper (780 comments) says:
    February 18th, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    “One of the” longknives, correct. Hard to know what he would have done if he’d actually had to leave Australia or England though

    When the boat stopped at India with the Ocker team on it to play a game the gutless one refused to leave the boat so, no Longknives, I don’t.

    Zapper I’m commenting on a one-off summer rather than the many great years of Sir Richard.

    Tdm, I suspect two very big tons in two tests suggests he may have realised that, albeit a bit later than most of us.

    Steve Davis has had for-and-against shockers since lunch. Could be an interesting afternoon.

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  47. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    lol @ bradman not being the greatest if all time.

    imagine if he did have to go and play on those bowler friendly, green indian pitches lol

    The great Tendulker averages for his Australia tours:

    46, 46, 76 & 35.

    The great Tendulker averages for his England tours:

    61, 85, 66, 38, 34

    But yeah, Bradman averages 99.94 in those two countries was ok. whats that you say? years of his career lost to the war? he came back and was still amazing? yeah thats ok. hes def a top 20 player lol

    jesus tinny, get your head checked.

    bruv – agree, bradman was a scumbag in his business dealings after cricket.

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  48. SGA (1,076 comments) says:

    gravedodger at 1:21 pm

    Has three scores in the NZ top ten, Glen Turner has two and all others are one offs.

    Not quite – McCullum 3 and Fleming 2
    1 BB McCullum 302
    2 MD Crowe 299
    3 SP Fleming 274*
    4 BA Young 267*
    5 SP Fleming 262
    6 GM Turner 259
    7 GT Dowling 239
    8 B Sutcliffe 230*
    9 BB McCullum 225
    10= L Vincent & BB McCullum 224

    Turner (223) is next at 12 though

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  49. Rowan (2,409 comments) says:

    A good score Brendan but you could have declared earlier i.e. after you got out after making 300 so as to give the team a better shot at bowling India out, yes we will take 1-0 against the world no 2 though.

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  50. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    No Rowan…even with how defensive India play they didn’t deserve the faintest sniff of victory.

    Better to send them home with no wins from 5 ODIs and 2 tests

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  51. KathyS (18 comments) says:

    Glad to see the DomPost hasn’t underplayed the story this (Wed) morning. :-)

    It was unfortunate how it was done, but McCullum was a great choice for Black Caps captain and if he can hold his body together, there will be more good times ahead.

    But as usual, Dompost columnist Mark Reason is passing round the poison on the inside back page, implying the Indians were “letting” him get the 300. (And I see no retraction of his column several weeks earlier which said that McCullum had no right to be captain of NZ.) If this were indeed match-fixing, wouldn’t India try to be make it a little more realistic by winning at least one game on the tour…?

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