Cricket - Big-hitting McCullum sets Sri Lanka formidable target

Tom Latham of New Zealand celebrates 100 runs during day four of the first International Test cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Dunedin at University Oval on December 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (AFP Photo/Marty Melville)

- Brendon McCullum belted his way to the top of the big-hitters list and Tom Latham crafted his third century as New Zealand set Sri Lanka a formidable 405 run target in Dunedin on Sunday. McCullum declared the New Zealand innings at 267-3 as soon as he smacked the ball over the boundary for a second time to equal the world record for the number of sixes hit in Tests. It was the second six in his brief cameo to take him to 100 sixes in Tests, joining now retired Australian Adam Gilchrist as the most prolific boundary busters. McCullum was 17 not out when he declared with the 23-year-old Latham unbeaten on 109. New Zealand, with a 137-run advantage on the first innings, resumed the fourth day on 171 for one and batted briskly to put on a further 96 runs in 17.4 overs before the declaration for the loss of two further wickets.

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