Australia A v New Zealanders, Brisbane, 2nd day November 26, 2011

Tourists build lead after Cowan century

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealanders 423 and 2 for 75 lead Australia A 395 (Cowan 145, Warner 65, Wade 53, Bracewell 4-87) by 103

Ed Cowan and Matthew Wade fashioned innings of substance to help Australia A reach 395, within 28 runs of the New Zealand tourists' first innings in the tour match in Brisbane.

Batting a second time, the visitors reached 2 for 75 and a lead of 103 by the close, Martin Guptill unbeaten on 37 while Ben Cutting and Mitchell Starc marked their Test call-ups by collecting a wicket apiece in the final session.

Resuming on a fighting 60, Cowan showed a wide array of shots to motor to 145, adding precisely 150 with the wicketkeeper Wade, who played a patient supporting hand.

In his last four innings for Tasmania and Australia A, Cowan's scores have been 91*, 4, 134* and 145.

For the New Zealanders, Doug Bracewell claimed the most conspicuous figures with 4-87, while Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Chris Martin nabbed two wickets each.