New Delhi: Retiring Kiwi cricketer Brendon McCullum is all set to play his 100th consecutive Test as he takes the field against Australia at the Basin Reserve on Friday.
Since making his debut on March 9, 2004 in Hamilton against South Africa, McCullum has played 99 consecutive Test matches for New Zealand so far.
Reacting to the feat, McCullum told reporters, "To be able to play 100 straight tests ... I`m pretty proud of that."
"Not only the longevity but being able to overcome injuries and the toughness of touring and the ps and downs with performances and still being able to pick yourself back up ... and warrant a place in the team is something you can look back on with a bit of pride."
The 34-year-old, who was given a fitting farewell by his team-mates in limited-overs cricket with a series win over Australia, said it would be nice to win the series in whites as well.
"It will be nice to tick off a series win against Australia," the swashbuckling opener said.
"It will be pretty special to be able to do it at home. It's also nice to be able to have one of your last Tests and the 100th Test on such a special ground," he said.
McCullum, one of the most iconic figures in world cricket, will end his illustrious career after the second and final Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch next week.
The Basin Reserve is where Baz hammered his best Test score of 302, against India two years ago to become the only New Zealander to post a triple century.
The record of playing most consecutive Tests at any stage of a career is still held by Allan Border (153 Tests).
(With Agency inputs)