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McCullum's innings an all-time great

ED WADDINGTON
Last updated 09:40 19/02/2014
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MAGIC MOMENT: Brendon McCullum celebrates his triple-century.

Was McCullum's 302 the ultimate innings?

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Was McCullum's 302 the ultimate innings?

McCullum's innings an all-time great

Brendom McCullum's world record-breaking 302 was one for the history book. But was it one of the best innings ever? Ed Waddington thinks so.

For a test innings to be classed up as one of the best ever, it's not just volume of runs; it's the context of the game.

Matthew Hayden's 380 came against a Zimbabwe side about to enter a period of self-imposed test exclusion due to their crippling weakness, and came in an easy win.

Brian Lara's 375 and 400 came in drawn dead rubbers against England.

It's hard to judge earlier innings, but as an England fan who moved to New Zealand, I've seen my fair share, and McCullum's effort for me stands ahead of the rest; New Zealand was ahead in the series, 150 odd behind, five down, with India 1.02 with the TAB. It was the difference between a series win or a test defeat.

I've seen two other great innings worth mentioning: VVS Laxman's 281 in 2001 in the famous Indian comeback against Australia and perhaps the best of all, Graham Gooch's 154no against West Indies at Leeds in 1991.

McCullum's ranks alongside those for me.


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