McCullum plays record 100th consecutive Test

Retiring Kiwi cricketer Brendon McCullum is all set to play his 100th consecutive Test as he takes the field against Australia at the Basin Reserve on Friday (February 12, 2016). Since making his debut on March 9, 2004 in Hamilton against South Africa, McCullum has played 99 consecutive Test matches for New Zealand so far. The 34-year-old, who was given a fitting farewell by his team-mates in limited-overs cricket with a series win over Australia, said it would be nice to win the series in whites as well.

McCullum, one of the most iconic figures in world cricket, will end his illustrious career after the second and final Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch next week. The Basin Reserve is where Baz hammered his best Test score of 302, against India two years ago to become the only New Zealander to post a triple century. The record of playing most consecutive Tests at any stage of a career is still held by Allan Border (153 Tests).

There is also the gnawing fact that in Tests, McCullum averages 26.16 against Australia. Only thrice in 26 innings has he crossed 50. Only once has he converted to a hundred.