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
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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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  • crikey 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.

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

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

  • Joh22 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.

  • 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.

  • Meety 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!!!!!!!!

  • 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...

  • redneck 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!

  • 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!

  • RightArmEverything 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.

  • JG2704 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

  • crikey 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.

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

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

  • Joh22 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.

  • 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.

  • Meety 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!!!!!!!!

  • 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...

  • redneck 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!

  • 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!

  • RightArmEverything 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.

  • JG2704 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

  • Wozza-CY on November 24, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Maybe our bowlers domestic averages are so good due to our batsmen being so poor? Hope not..., but we will see when oz bat.

  • shane-oh on November 24, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    All you Aussies talking about McCullum being inconsistent - go on the StatsGuru and check out his test scores since, say, the start of 2010. In fact check out all of his international scores since then. Yes he has had problems with consistency on the past, but it looks to me like he has put those time behind him now, which is awesome - he is finally reaching his true potential.

  • bumsonseats on November 24, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    same name team, few different players. up to now the nz team seem to been doing the same to the young aussies that england did last year. report on that match . could do better. is this the strong back up strength. thats been mention by. the usual suspects. dpk

  • Mad_Hamish on November 24, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Ben Yan, Hilfenhaus has 17 wickets @ 26 in the shield so far this year from 4 matches, ahead of Stark 15 wickets @ 31. After his injuries after the 2009 Ashes his pace was down and his swing was more obvioius. He's worth giving a shot because when fit he's been the best user of swing in Australia and current reports are that he's back up in pace and getting late swing again. He's also got a bit of experience at test level and that might well give people an option of an attack of Harris, Hilfenhaus and Cummins for Brisbane while an attack of Harris, Cummins and somebody else new could be too much of a risk.

  • bumsonseats on November 24, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    well done pattinson your good english stock coming thru. u one of the plethora of quick aussie bowlers. how did we miss u. hope ur better than big brother. worse still though, at the end of your career people speak of darren as the better of the two bros. now that would be bad. dpk

  • bobagorof on November 24, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I'm not usually one for wanting to see and Australian attack get flayed, but I'm glad that Hilfenhaus' return to International cricket will be delayed somewhat, if this performance is treated appropriately. He was so out of form last year that it should take more than one good match to get him back in.

  • dsig3 on November 24, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Whoa, not what I expected. Didnt get to the ground but it was overcast and humid all day long so should have done better. I dont care if they were playing on concrete all those bowlers swing the ball and should of been able to rein in the situation. As for McCullum, he is inconsistent so its better if he gets his one good innings out of his system before the tests begin.

  • nzcricket174 on November 24, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Hey those going on about how great the Gabba will be, may I remind you of the pitch they served up last year for the start of the Ashes. Either way I really doubt Baz can reproduce this form in the tests.

  • Kiwi_Craig on November 24, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @No_Excuses Yes u are right baz isnt the most consistent batsmen of all time but i think us kiwis have learnt thats how he plays, he plays lots of risky shots and sometimes gets out caught behind or something early which can hurt nz but when it comes off like today it really hurts the opposition. I certainly hope baz can do this again in the tests because if he does nz run rate will be good like in this game. I know u aussies arent interested in our domestic cricket but this is the first good score hes got since zimbabwe tour so touch wood and i dont think its the end of his run scoring. Taylor and ryder have got low scores too so hopefully now they can get good scores. Not good with williamson getting 284* in domestic now out for 3. From where im standing aus have lots of injury concerns and we are predy much full strength, COME ON BLACKCAPS, GO YOU GOOD THING. You can make us proud in this series boys, BEST OF LUCK!!!

  • Ben1989 on November 24, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @Ben check stats for current shield games, hilfy has been bowling quite well & guess they want to see him again to see if he can get back to his prime, he is a good bowler if he can get that real late swing..

  • on November 24, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    McCullum can do that to you, but I must say bowling Cutting that late was a surprise, I know he doesn't always get the new cherry with QLD - but that late? I'd of had him on after about 6 overs, about the time McCullum started clearing the fence! But then - what would I know?

  • satish619chandar on November 24, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Cool innings on a flat track.. Hope he is prepared for Gabba!!

  • on November 24, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    @jonesy2 if it's the flattest pitch then why did Aus A win the toss and decide to field?

  • crikey on November 24, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    sent into bat on a flat pitch?

  • on November 24, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    oh yeah macca great stuff we will have that innings again nxt thursday please go you black caps

  • on November 24, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Why does Hilfenhaus keep getting chances? He's not even getting wickets in shield cricket. Do the selectors think he's magically going to become a world beater or something? Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We've swapped the selectors, so why are they still doing the same things?

  • No_Excuses on November 24, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Hopefully McCullum is getting all his good form out of the way before the Tests start. Must be frustrating for Kiwi supporters - he can flay a reasonable attack like Australia A but doesn't seem to produce that form all that consistently.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on November 24, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    McCullum was so great to watch. Brightened up a very gloomy day. Laucnhed plenty onto the bank.

  • jonesy2 on November 24, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    flatest pitch out you would be shocked not to get that many if you attack

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  • jonesy2 on November 24, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    flatest pitch out you would be shocked not to get that many if you attack

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on November 24, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    McCullum was so great to watch. Brightened up a very gloomy day. Laucnhed plenty onto the bank.

  • No_Excuses on November 24, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Hopefully McCullum is getting all his good form out of the way before the Tests start. Must be frustrating for Kiwi supporters - he can flay a reasonable attack like Australia A but doesn't seem to produce that form all that consistently.

  • on November 24, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Why does Hilfenhaus keep getting chances? He's not even getting wickets in shield cricket. Do the selectors think he's magically going to become a world beater or something? Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We've swapped the selectors, so why are they still doing the same things?

  • on November 24, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    oh yeah macca great stuff we will have that innings again nxt thursday please go you black caps

  • crikey on November 24, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    sent into bat on a flat pitch?

  • on November 24, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    @jonesy2 if it's the flattest pitch then why did Aus A win the toss and decide to field?

  • satish619chandar on November 24, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Cool innings on a flat track.. Hope he is prepared for Gabba!!

  • on November 24, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    McCullum can do that to you, but I must say bowling Cutting that late was a surprise, I know he doesn't always get the new cherry with QLD - but that late? I'd of had him on after about 6 overs, about the time McCullum started clearing the fence! But then - what would I know?

  • Ben1989 on November 24, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @Ben check stats for current shield games, hilfy has been bowling quite well & guess they want to see him again to see if he can get back to his prime, he is a good bowler if he can get that real late swing..