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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had no idea he was about to make cricket history when he broke the world record for the fastest Test century on Saturday. Cheap Air Max 1 Canada . McCullum made a ton in just 54 balls and went on to score 145 in New Zealands 370 all out on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at Hagley Oval.West Indian Viv Richards set the previous record of 56 balls against England in Antigua in 1986 and the mark was then equalled by Pakistans Misbah-ul-Haq against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is playing in his final Test match I had no idea, said McCullum, who is playing in his 101st and final Test. I was trying to hit every ball for four or six. Viv was my idol growing up so its nice to be able to go past him on this occasion.But he was a cracking player, he was an incredible cricketer. Im almost a little bit of embarrassed to go past him, to be honest.McCullum said he knew it was probably going to be his day when he had an almighty filthy slog at his second ball, which flew over the slips cordon for four. Brendon McCullum scored a century from just 54 balls for New Zealand After scoring 39, he then enjoyed a huge slice of luck when he sliced James Pattinson to Mitchell Marsh, who took a brilliant, one-handed catch diving to his right in the gully.Umpire Richard Kettleborough requested a replay which showed Pattinson had bowled a no-ball. I thought it was four as soon as I hit it, McCullum said. They do push the front line a little bit. It was quite a nice reprieve. It probably loosens you up a little bit as well, it just relaxes you a little bit more.You know youre probably not meant to be out there. You may as well play with a little more freedom and I managed to ride my luck all the way through.The record is something youre immensely proud of but, of course, you dont set out to achieve it. McCullum was given a standing ovation after departing for 145 Australia spinner Nathan Lyon, who eventually caught McCullum off the bowling of James Pattinson, added: It was pretty amazing striking.Hes been a credit to the game of cricket with the way hes conducted himself for New Zealand for a long period of time and to see him come out there and do that was pretty amazing.He rode his luck but thats the way hes played cricket and Im sure thats the way he will want to go down at the end of his career - as a person who took the game on.Watch day two of the second Test between New Zealand and Australia from 9.30pm, Saturday, Sky Sports 2. Also See: WATCH: Best of McCullums century McCullum smashes record ton New Zealand fixtures/results Get Sky Sports Cheap Authentic Air Max 1 . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. Cheap Air Max 1 Wholesale . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. http://www.wholesaleairmax1canada.com/ . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. BEIJING -- Outrage after losing to Syria has been followed by an air of resignation in China.The national soccer teams second loss in five days leaves China with only the slimmest chance of qualifying for the next World Cup.The perennial underachievers have under-performed against a backdrop of massive investment in the domestic league, which is luring star players in record-breaking transfers and coaches from around the world. The imported talent doesnt appear to be improving the vast pool of local players.Gao Hongbo quit after the 2-0 loss to Uzbekistan on Tuesday night left his team with just one point from four games in Asias last round of World Cup qualifying. Gao spoke to the Chinese Football Association after last weeks 1-0 home loss to war-torn Syria -- a result that reportedly sparked angry protests from fans -- and indicated hed stand aside if there was a loss in Tashkent.As a result of this defeat, I bring an end to my time in charge of the China national team, he said. I hope the China national team will be better in the future and we will meet in football again.Critics questioned his team selections and tactical decisions, but an editorial in the Communist Party flagship Peoples Daily on Wednesday said the analysis was ultimately meaningless. The newspaper bemoaned the fact that, despite some early signs of hope, China was the weakest of the 12 teams still in contention in Asia.With such a team and such players, what would it matter whether they were coached by Ferguson, Mourinho or Guardiola? the editorial said. The midfield was in constant flux and the power of the attack was virtually nil. With all the `foreign assistance running wild in the Chinese Super League, just coming up with a roster of 23 was no easy task.Given that China again has only a theoretical possibility of making it out of the group stage, thinking calmly, should Chinese football not return to the starting point and start from scratch?The Peoples Daily said the Chinese Super League was papering over deficiencies in the national football setup with all the money both earned by selling television rights and spent on hiring foreign players and coaches. Air Max 1 Canada Sale. Clubs in the league have spent more than $400 million on foreign players in 2016 alone. South American stars such as Hulk, Alex Teixeira, Ramires and Jackson Martinez have helped Shanghai SIPG, Jiangsu Suning and Guangzhou Evergrande challenge in the domestic competition and in the Asian Champions League.High-profile coaches including Luiz Felipe Scolari, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Manuel Pellegrini have also lifted the international profile of the league.China is mobilizing under President Xi Jinpings drive to overhaul the game domestically and turn the Chinese team into a World Cup winner by 2050.But despite the investment from the private and public sector -- the government is also focusing on youth development -- the standard of the national team will take longer to improve.The Peoples Daily didnt recognize any improvement in its editorial, instead saying Chinas national team is merely marching in place or even going backward in terms of quality.The rebuilding phase must start immediately, with China hosting Qatar next month in its last World Cup qualifier of the year. There are five more matches, starting in March. To have any chance of making it to Russia for the 2018 tournament, China needs to get on a winning roll and rely on group leaders Iran, Uzbekistan and South Korea failing to pick up many points. Only the top two teams in both six-team qualifying groups will advance to the World Cup. The two third-place teams go into another playoff.Chinas only appearance at the World Cup was in 2002, when it failed to score a goal in the tournament that was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. ' ' '