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Anderson shatters Windies attack in record onslaught

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Anderson of New Zealand  hits the ball during the third international one- day match against West Indies in Queenstown yesterday.

Anderson of New Zealand hits the ball during the third international one- day match against West Indies in Queenstown yesterday. PHOTO BY AFP 

By AFP

Posted  Thursday, January 2  2014 at  02:00

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Pakistan’s all-rounder Shahid Afridi held the previous record which he set 18 years ago (1996) in Nairobi, Kenya during ICC champions trophy.

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QUEENSTOWN.

Coach New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson cracked the fastest century in one-day cricket history yesterday, plundering the West Indies attack in a rain-shortened third ODI.
His whirlwind performance overshadowed a century by Jesse Ryder as the pair took New Zealand to 283-4 in a match reduced to 21 overs each side. Anderson -- who finished not out 131 -- took a mere 36 deliveries to reach his century, beating the previous record set by Shahid Afridi, who needed 37 balls to reach three figures playing for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 1996.

The burly New Zealander hit 14 sixes, the third highest in an ODI innings behind Rohit Sharma (16) for India against Australia two months ago and Australia’s Shane Watson (15) against Bangladesh in 2011.

Anderson and Ryder put on 191 for the fourth wicket as they hammered the West Indies attack. After the start of the game was delayed five hours because of the weather, Ryder set the tone for the New Zealand innings when he cracked a boundary from the first ball he faced.

The demise of fellow opener Martin Guptill (one) was only a matter of time. He was all at sea against the bounce generated by Jason Holder and after surviving two caught behind appeals there was no mistake with the third.

Brendon McCullum belted a 33 off 11 deliveries as New Zealand raced past 50 in just 26 balls and Ross Taylor came and went quickly for nine. That brought Anderson to the wicket to join Ryder in a rollicking partnership for which the West Indies had no answer.

Anderson brought up his 50 in 20 deliveries in an over in which he hit four sixes in a merciless attack on the usually tight bowling of spinner Sunil Narine. In a near chanceless innings he only faced 47 balls for his 131 while Ryder faced 51 balls for his 104 which included five sixes.

Ashes whitewash
Battered England are desperate to avoid the ignominy of a 5-0 series whitewash against Australia as they scramble to salvage some pride in the final Ashes Test in Sydney tomorrow. Alastair Cook’s team -- coming off a dispiriting eight-wicket loss in the fourth Test in Melbourne -- face becoming only the third English side to lose an Ashes series 5-0 to their oldest rivals.

It has been a tour from hell for England with the loss of senior players Jonathan Trott (stress) and Graeme Swann (retirement), star players out of form and Kevin Pietersen admitting his team-mates are “mentally fragile” from playing in back-to-back Ashes series.