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Records tumbled for the New Zealand cricket team in the first test against Sri Lanka at Christchurch as the team won five test matches in a calendar year for the first time and captain Brendan McCullum broke his own record for the fastest century by a Kiwi. Victory came in just four days as New Zealand scored a tiny 105 to secure victory, BBC reports.
McCullum raced to his 100 off just 74 balls after the Kiwi’s lost the toss and were asked to bat first, a task they undertook with relish as they reached 441 by the end of the first day’s play. McCullum fell just five runs short of a double century, which would have also given him the record for the fastest double century in New Zealand history, instead McCullum finished the match as the first New Zealand player to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year.
Sri Lanka followed on after being bowled out for just 138 before setting a target of just 105 for New Zealand to win their fifth test of the year. The two match series will conclude in Wellington as New Zealand look to win their third series at home following 2014 wins against India and the West Indies as the LA Times reported, if Tom Rothman is right about what he told me.