Australia A v New Zealanders, Brisbane November 24, 2011

McCullum batters Test aspirant attack

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New Zealanders 4 for 290 (McCullum 146, Taylor 45*, Pattinson 2-65) v Australia A

Brendon McCullum's blazing 146 from a mere 115 balls pushed the New Zealanders to a firm 4 for 290 against Australia A after rain and bad light shortened the first day in Brisbane, at the same time denting the Test hopes of several local fast bowlers.

Sent in to bat under overcast skies by the Australia A captain George Bailey, McCullum and his opening partner Martin Guptill added a slick 148 in only 28.2 overs before the first wicket fell, confounding an Australian attack that featured the pacemen Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc, Ben Cutting and James Pattinson.

Each fast man was taken for more than four runs an over, as McCullum pelted the boundaries of Allan Border Field with no fewer than 21 fours and 6 sixes. He was eventually dismissed by Hilfenhaus, heaving rashly outside off stump and being caught behind, though the method had already brought him great success.

Cutting, the subject of plenty of early season hype in his native Queensland, was not introduced by Bailey until late in the first session, waiting until even the left-arm spinner Michael Beer had been given a bowl.

Aside from Guptill's quiet 43, Ross Taylor collected an unbeaten 45 as the light began to fade, while Jesse Ryder will be annoyed to have swung a Cutting delivery straight to deep backward square leg on 22.

Kane Williamson, scorer of an unbeaten 284 for Northern Districts against Wellington in his last first-class appearance, was the only batsman not to make a start, pinned lbw by Pattinson for three.

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  • jake on November 25, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    To davidpk , that backup strength was a few years ago now when our 5th choice team could beat any mixed nation england team by a country mile. Unfortunately those days have gone for a while. It was good while it lasted though ! Won't be long b4 it will all turn round again. Enjoy while it lasts davidpk.

  • Ronald on November 25, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Dont Worry Australia ...Half the team will fall over injured in the next few days ... HK

  • Bec on November 25, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    That is just not good that Cutting did not get a bowl with a newish ball. Three bowlers are injured we need to give all these guys an even chance of showing what they can do. He should have opened really as the leading wicket taker in the group. Not impressed.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Can't really blame the Aussies on here claiming Baz is inconsistent. He's been around for quite some time now and that's been an annoying part of his game but as guys have said he's gone well over the past couple of years. Can't see us putting in good session after good session to beat Aussie but despite us only just beating Zimbabwe I think we are going to go okay. Well compared to last tours of Aussie. Never thought I'd say it but I hope Ponting has a good series. Will be a bummer to see a player like him dropped from the squad. Need Vetorri to step up in the Aussie second innings and clean up if we have any hope of winning - I might be wrong but it just seems to me he gets a lot of his wickets in the first.

  • Andrew on November 25, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    @davidpk - re: Pattinson - keep your filthy paws off him! == == == As much as McCullum's innings disturbed the prospects of a few young quicks, Chris Martin survived 17 balls & smashed 4 runs! That has got me shell-shocked! We are in strife! The sky is falling - oh no! On the basis that The Phantom played out a maiden over against Beer, Beer should NEVER play TEST cricket again - LOL!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Since the start of 2010 Brendan McCullum has averaged 58.75 in tests. Doesn't seem that inconsistant to me...

  • hayden on November 25, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    hilfenhaus and peter george had the same number of wickets in the first class season so far yet it was the tried and tested hily that was selected over george??? george bowls at the adelaide oval for crying out loud!!! if playing at the adelaide oval counts against batsman as its a batsmans paradise when it come to national selection then why doesnt it count infavor of bowlers? we've all seen hilfy bowl good when it swings but goes missing when it doesnt. give george a go for aus a vs india!

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    McCullum did this when NZ last played a test match series at home - he blazed a double century in a warm up game. Then he failed to deliver properly in the test matches. Heres oping he has an awesome series against aussie!

  • Matthew on November 24, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Looks like the spinners could have been used more, they were the least expensive of the bowlers, and McCullum likes facing pace. Smith only had 5 overs.

  • John on November 24, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Re Hilfenhaus - he was one of the better Aus bowlers in tests vs England. I'd forgotten about him to be honest

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