New Zealand great Martin Crowe wants Brendon McCullum to break his Test record

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is batting on a career-best 281 at stumps on Day 4 of the second Test against India at Wellington. He could become New Zealand's first triple centurion, a milestone Martin Crowe missed by just one run in 1991.

updated: February 17, 2014 18:14 IST
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Brendon McCullum is on the threshold of a cricketing milestone and former Kiwi great Martin Crowe is among many urging him to storm into the record books. While Day 5 of the Wellington Test on Tuesday will definitely see New Zealand pressing for a victory against much-fancied India, Basin Reserve will also hope to see the country's first triple centurion in Test cricket.

Already a national hero after his career-best 281 on Monday denied India (Day 4 report), a team in quest of a series-levelling win in the second Test in Wellington, McCullum could become the game's 24th batsman to score a grand triple. Crowe is one hoping that the 32-year-old McCullum reaches the landmark that eluded him 23 years ago at the Basin. Crowe missed the mark by a whisker when he was out for 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991.

Crowe said on Twitter he was "rooting him on" and praised the way McCullum was leading from the front in a record-breaking rearguard in a Test match where India dominated for almost three days. "The critical thing BMac has done in the last two weeks is control his emotions. No big smiles, just sheer focus and determination to keep on," Crowe said.

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