Colin Munro claims new record for number of sixes with 23 maximums

Colin Munro
Munro averaged 27 from his seven ODI appearances to date for New Zealand in 2013

New Zealand batsman Colin Munro has smashed the record for the most sixes in a first-class innings.

He hit 23 maximums in his 281 from 167 balls for Auckland against Central Districts in the Plunket Shield - New Zealand's first-class competition.

The previous record of 16 was held by four players - Andrew Symonds, Graham Napier, Jesse Ryder and Mukhtar Ali.

Munro, 28, not in New Zealand's World Cup squad, will play for Worcestershire again in this year's T20 Blast.

Most number of sixes in an innings
Tests - 12Wasim AkramPakistan v ZimbabweSheikhupura, 1996
First-class - 23Colin MunroAuckland v Central DistrictsNapier (Nelson Park), 2015
ODIs - 16Rohit SharmaIndia v AustraliaBangalore, 2013
ODIs - 16AB de VilliersSouth Africa v West IndiesJohannesburg, 2015
ODIs - 16Chris GayleWest Indies v ZimbabweCanberra, 2015
T20 internationals - 14Aaron FinchAustralia v EnglandSouthampton, 2013
All T20 games - 17Chris GayleRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Pune WarriorsBangalore, 2013

The left-hander made 13 appearances for the county in last year's competition, scoring 332 runs at an average of 27, with a top score of 65.

He played one Test and seven one-day internationals for New Zealand in 2013, with a highest score of 85 in an ODI against Bangladesh.

Munro has also made 14 T20 international appearances, averaging 21.55 with a highest score of 73 not out, but has not featured since the ICC World Twenty20 last year.