On 20 February 2016, on first day of his last test match, Brendon McCullum ravaged his favorite opposition Australia with a 54 ball century which now is the fastest ever in test cricket. McCullum's fifty came off 34 balls but he accelerated exponentially after that, blasting 6 sixes and 21 fours on a spicy Christchurch pitch and break all time record.
Vivian Richards, West Indies master blaster, didn't play T20 cricket, but he always scored quickly anyway. The Caribbean legend held the record of fastest hundred in test match cricket for nearly three decades until McCullum broke it, raising hundred off off just 56 balls against England at Antigua back on 15 April 1986. With 4 wins in 4 games of that series, West Indies wanted a whitewash and after taking 164 run lead on first innings, it was obvious for them to push for an outright win. Viv Richards (the then captain) unleashed his true self, scoring unbeaten 110 from only 58 runs with 7 fours and 7 sixes to propel his team's lead to 410, helping his bowlers secure a 240 run win. and thus, a clean sweep!
On 2nd November 2014, Misbah-ul-Haq at the age of 40 years, matched Vivian's record against the Aussies (just couldn't break it!), blasting 5 sixes and 11 fours in his 56 balls ton.
Nathan Astle of New Zealand holds the record of fastest double century in test match cricket, against England, at Jade stadium in Christchurch. Set 550 to chase, Kiwis were 333 for 9 before Nathan Astle went briserk. With injured Chris Cairns at other end, defending, Astle scored his second hundred runs off just 39 balls, trying to pull off a miraculous win, but Kiwis lost the game by 98 runs. Recently, Ben Stokes overtook second position from Virender Sehwag.
Record of fastest triple ton (300) in test cricket is held by India's Virender Sehwag, as you can see in 3rd table below. note that most triple centuries were made in yesteryears when cricket stats didn't record the number of balls played but number of minutes batted by the batsmen. hence, cricketing world don't have the accurate figures for fastest triple centuries in test matches.
|Fastest century in test cricket.|
|Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)||54||Australia||C'church||20 Feb 2016|
|Vivian Richards (West Indies)||56||England||Antigua||1986|
|Misbah ul Haq (Pakistan)||56||Australia||Abu Dhabi||2014|
|Adam Gilchrist (Australia)||57||England||Perth||2007|
|John Gregory (Australia)||67||South Africa||Jo'burg||1921|
|David Warner (Australia)||69||India||Perth||2012|
|S Chanderpual (West Indies)||69||Australia||G'town||2002|
|Chris Gayle (West Indies)||70||Australia||Perth||2009|
|Roy Fredericks (West Indies)||71||Australia||Perth||1975|
|Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)||74||Sri Lanka||C church||2014|
|Majid Khan (Pakistan)||74||New Zealand||Karachi||1976|
|Kapil Dev (India)||74||Sri Lanka||Kanpur||1986|
|Md Azharuddin (India)||74||South Africa||Kolkata||1996|
|AB de Villiers (SA)||76||India||Centurion||2010|
|Gilbert Jessop (England)||76||Australia||The Oval||1902|
|Fastest double century in test cricket.|
|Nathan Astle (NZ)||153||England||C'church||2001|
|Ben Stokes (England)||163||South Africa||Cape Town||2016|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||168||Sri Lanka||Mumbai||2009|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||182||Pakistan||Lahore||2005|
|Brendon McCullum (NZ)||186||Pakistan||Sharjah||2014|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||194||South Africa||Chennai||2008|
|Herschelle Gibbs (SA)||211||Pakistan||Cape Town||2002|
|Adam Gilchrist (Australia)||212||South Africa||Jo'burg||2001|
|Ian Botham (England)||220||India||The Oval||1982|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||222||Pakistan||Multan||2003|
|Adam Voges (Australia)||226||West Indies||Hobart||2015|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||227||Sri Lanka||Galle||2008|
|Arvinda de Silva (SL)||229||Bangladesh||Colombo||2002|
|Fastest triple century in test cricket.|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||278||South Africa||Chennai||2007|
|Mathew Hayden (Australia)||362||Zimbabwe||Perth||2003|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||364||Pakistan||Multan||2004|