On an emotional day when players and fans marked the fifth anniversary of the devastating Christchurch earthquake, the captain's departure in his 101st and final Test left New Zealand staring down the barrel.

At the end of the third day New Zealand were 121-4, needing a further 14 to make Australia bat again and with hopes receding of a series-levelling victory.

McCullum arrived for his farewell innings at 72-3 but after 25 off 27 deliveries, the man who hit the fastest ever Test century in the first innings was out.
     
His second-to-last whack sent Josh Hazlewood for a record-extending 107th six over square leg. But when he danced down the wicket for a repeat performance off the next ball he was caught by David Warner.

After Australian captain Steve Smith ran over to shake McCullum's hand and acknowledge the New Zealand captain's contribution to the game, he was gone for the last time.
     
It had been a memorable Test for McCullum with a rollicking 145 in the first innings, reaching his century in a record 54 balls, when he defied the accepted rules of cricket by lashing out on a seaming wicket.

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