Brendon McCullum Makes Australia’s Cricketers Look Average
In the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch, Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum, 33, was just five runs short of demolishing what could possibly have been the fastest ever double century in test cricket history. He was however, the first New Zealander to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year.
In the Test, the Otago native was dismissed for 195 off 134 balls.
The sports writers at News.com.au wrote that McCullum “does awesome stuff that makes [Australian] cricketers look average.”
“McCullum used to be a devastating wicket keeper batsman in the Adam Gilchrist mould, but is now a devastating batsman in the Brendon McCullum mould. There really is no one like him in the Test cricket arena at the moment. He is a mould unto himself.
“McCullum had 19 balls up his sleeve to break the record but fell, caught at deep mid-off while trying to hit a six. Because of course he did.
“[He] has not just made this incredible score against someone truly hopeless like Bangladesh or England. He did it against Sri Lanka, who are currently 5th on the ICC Test rankings.”
“Kiwi commentators were understandably in raptures today. ‘We’ve seen some bludgeoning today but look at that, that was stylish,’ they said of a beautiful McCullum lofted off drive shortly before he was out. ‘Oh, thet sux,’ they also said at one point. Except they didn’t actually say that. Our bad. Translated, what they actually said was ‘that’s six’.”
Original article by News.com.au, December 26, 2014.
Photo by AFP.