McMillan marvels at magic McCullum

McCullum scored 195 off just 134 balls on Boxing Day during day one of The Black Caps?????first Test with Sri Lanka before??falling just short of the fastest double ton in Test cricket.

Former New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle holds that record, having reached 200 off a mere 153 balls against England, also at Christchurch, in March 2002.

But Black Caps batting coach McMillan reckons McCullum is in a league of his own.

“I don’t think I have enough superlatives to describe his innings,??? McMillan said of McCullum???s knock, which included 18 fours and 11 sixes.

“He has the ability to dominate, dismantle bowlers very quickly and change the tempo and the way an innings is heading very quickly.

“He’s so destructive and, I think, probably the most destructive and domineering player who has played for New Zealand.”

McCullum scored the quickest Test hundred by a New Zealander, bringing up three figures in 74 deliveries, while he also cracked Sri Lanka quick Suranga Lakmal for 26 off one over, the same number of runs McMillan smote off a Younus Khan over in 2001.

The captain???s antics made him the first Black Cap to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year, a tally boosted by innings of 302 and 224 against India and a recent knock of 202 against Pakistan.

McCullum, who lost the toss and elected to bowl in Christchurch, headed to the crease with New Zealand 88-3 but his pyrotechnics helped the hosts close??on 429-7.

“Once I got under way the runs began to flow quite nicely,” said McCullum, whose total of 11 maximums was just one shy of Wasim Akram???s record of 12 in a Test innings.

“It was nice to have a good solid day and put ourselves in front of the game and put some pressure back on Sri Lanka.

???I was trying to be a little aggressive when the ball was up to get them to back their length off and hopefully create a scoring opportunity.

“I think there is still something in the wicket for the bowlers if you bowl the fuller length, so hopefully when we do get the ball in hand we can create some opportunities.???

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