Twin milestones today for Brendon McCullum in his fight to keep New Zealand in the second test against India at the Basin Reserve.

McCullum made his ninth test century with a six off Ishant Sharma and became the fourth New Zealand batsman to pass 5000 test runs when he got to 83.

Stephen Fleming, who scored 7172 runs at 40.06; Martin Crowe, who made 5444 at 45.36; and John Wright, with 5334 at 37.82 have previously achieved the feat.

He joins Fleming on nine test centuries. That is fifth-equal on the all-time New Zealand list behind Crowe (17), Wright (12) and Ross Taylor and Nathan Astle (11).


McCullum's effort today came up from 197 balls in 298 minutes including 12 fours and one six. It's his third century this summer.