CAPTAIN’S KNOCK: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum celebrates scoring 250 runs during day four of the second Test match against India. McCullum finished the day unbeaten on 281.
CAPTAIN’S KNOCK: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum celebrates scoring 250 runs during day four of the second Test match against India. McCullum finished the day unbeaten on 281. GETTY IMAGES

Kiwi closes in on record triple century

SKIPPER Brendon McCullum is 19 runs from becoming the first New Zealander to score a Test match triple century after a day of records at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

McCullum finished day four unbeaten on 281, his highest Test score and third double ton against India, following a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 352 with BJ Watling.

Watling notched up his third Test match hundred before falling for 124.

The pair had come together with the Kiwis in trouble at 5-94 with India sensing a win was on the cards to level the two-match series at 1-1.

But by stumps the home side was 6-571 after McCullum and debutant James Neesham, who smashed a quickfire 67, added a further 125 for the seventh wicket.

The Black Caps lead by 325 runs going into the final day after McCullum and Watling's heroics.

The skipper is the first New Zealander to grab back-to-back double hundreds after his 225 a week ago in Auckland and the eighth player in total to achieve the feat.

Only Sir Donald Bradman and English great Walter Hammond have scored three double hundreds in successive Test matches.


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