Ben Stokes gets one over Brendon McCullum as he breaks the England head coach’s WORLD RECORD for number of sixes in Test cricket… and then hits another maximum the very next ball!
- Ben Stokes was level with Brendon McCullum for number of sixes in Tests
- He nailed a hook shot to move past the England head coach on Saturday
- Stokes then hit another six of the next ball to extend his own record
Ben Stokes surpassed Brendon McCullum’s world record for number of sixes in Test cricket on the third day of England’s match against New Zealand.
Stokes arrived at the crease with England still in need of more runs to build their lead having lost Harry Brook and Joe Root just before the tea break.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for him to go on the attack, and the hosts opted to target the England captain with the short ball.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Stokes went for a hook shot off Scott Kuggeleijn and nailed it over the fine leg boundary for a maximum.
That six was the 108th of his Test career, and he was fully aware of the landmark as he burst into a smile following confirmation of the record.
Ben Stokes nailed a hook shot over fine leg to break Brendon McCullum’s record for sixes
McCullum, who has revolutionised English Test cricket alongside Stokes since becoming head coach last year, was more than happy for his record to go and gave the all-rounder a big round of applause to acknowledge the achievement.
Stokes did not have to wait long for his 109th maximum, as he hit another six off the very next ball.
His second one was far less convincing, though, as he hit it towards Neil Wagner, but he stepped on the rope and carried the ball over the boundary.
England have made a habit of breaking records in recent months with Stokes at the helm, with James Anderson and Stuart Broad becoming just the second pair in Test history to take 1000 wickets while playing together on Friday.
Stokes went on to make 31 before being stumped by Tom Blundell off the bowling of Michael Bracewell.
Half-centuries from Root, Brook and Ben Foakes ensured England posted 374 in their second innings, setting New Zealand 394 to win.
Broad then picked up the opening wicket of New Zealand’s second innings by bowling Devon Conway, taking him and Anderson’s partnership to 1002 wickets, moving them one ahead of the legendary combination of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
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