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Ben Stokes created history, beat Brendon McCullum, big record watch




England all-rounder and Test captain Ben Stokes on Saturday went past New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum to become the player with the most number of sixes in the history of Test cricket. He reached the milestone during the first Test between England and New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. In the 49th over of his team’s second innings bowled by New Zealand’s Scott Kuggeleijn on the third day of the Test match, Stokes got past McCullum with a six over fine leg off the third ball, interestingly now England’s Test batsman. Head coach, to become the leading six-hitter in the longer format.

Stokes played an entertaining 33-ball 31, including three fours and two sixes, before he was dismissed by all-rounder Michael Bracewell with an assist from wicket-keeper Tom Blundell, who stumped the batsman.

In 90 Tests, Stokes has scored a total of 5,652 runs at an average of 36.00 with 109 sixes and 12 tons and 28 fifties. His best score in the format is 258.

On the other hand, McCullum has 107 sixes in 101 Tests. He scored 6,453 runs at an average of 38.64. He has 12 centuries and 31 fifties in the longest format with a best score of 302.

Talking about the match, currently England’s second innings is going on and they have a lead of 355 runs in the match. They are at 336/8.

For England, Joe Root (57), Harry Brook (54) and wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes (51) scored half-centuries to give their side a healthy lead.

Earlier, the Kiwi team was all out for 306 runs in their first innings. After being reduced to 83/5, Devon Conway (77) shared an 85-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Tom Blundell, who scored 138 runs from 181 balls. Blundell became the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score a century in a pink-ball Test match. The knocks of Neil Wagner (27) and Kuggeleijn (20) also worked for the Kiwis.

Ollie Robinson took 4/54 in 19 overs. James Anderson took 3/36 in his 16.5 overs. Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Jack Leach took one wicket each.

By this score, New Zealand were trailing by 19 runs after their first innings. England declared their first innings at 325/9 in 58.2 overs. Half-centuries from Brooke (89) and Ben Duckett (84) were crucial for the visitors. Ollie Pope (42) and Fox (38) also played useful innings in the first innings.

Wagner was one of the bowlers for New Zealand in the first innings with 4/82 from 16.2 overs. Captain Tim Southee and Kuggeleijn got two wickets each. Tickner took a wicket.

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