Dunedin - New Zealand skipper Brendon
McCullum said on Monday he put his team ahead of his own ambitions to claim the
world record for Test sixes during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.
He declared his side's second innings once
their lead had passed 400 rather than attempting to claim outright the record
for Test sixes after equalling the mark of 100 by Australia's Adam Gilchrist.
New Zealand set Sri Lanka a 405-run target
and comfortably won the Test by 122 runs on Monday when the tourists were
dismissed in their second innings for 282.
McCullum, during his whirlwind 17 not out
in six deliveries, smacked the ball over the rope twice.
He knew one more would take him past
Gilchrist but had made a promise to his team to declare.
"I said (a lead of) 400 to the boys so
it would have looked pretty selfish if I'd stayed out there for one more crack
at it," he said, adding it meant a lot to him to be recognised as a big
"It's the only record I actually care
about. It's the only record that Kane (Williamson) or Ross (Taylor) aren't
going to break as well so I should be able to hold on to that one.
"I've been aware of it for a while as
you can probably tell by the way I've batted all through my career."
McCullum will get the chance to move ahead
of Gilchrist in the three remaining home Tests for New Zealand this summer
against Sri Lanka and Australia.
It has taken McCullum 98 Tests and 170
innings to reach 100 sixes while Gilchrist, who retired in 2008, reached the
milestone in 96 Tests and 137 innings.