NZ dominate day one

NEW Zealand have announced themselves in impressive fashion, reaching 4-290 at the end of day one in their tour match against Australia A at Allan Border Field on Thursday.

Australia A captain George Bailey won the toss, electing to bowl, but the visiting New Zealand squad came ready to play.

Brendan McCullum, who has joined the Brisbane Heat for December’s Big Bash League, took charge hitting a sensational 146 from 115 as the Kiwis’ set the tone with a fast-paced 148-run opening stand.

By the 15th over, the hard hitting batsman made his 32nd Test 50, having already hit 9 4’s and 1 6, outlining his early dominance.

And by the 29th over, the in-form Kiwi reached his century.

McCullum’s partner-in-crime Martin Guptill (43) was strong at the top order despite a slow start at the crease, but rose to the occasion with several shots running the Aussies rugged.

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor (45 not out) was another in sublime form on the opening day and will resume on Friday alongside Dean Brownlie (21 not out).

Much to the concern of new Cricket Australia head coach Mickey Arthur, none of the Australian attack were able to assert themselves and further their chances for selection in the first Test at the Gabba.

Steve Smith bowled tightly, finding his length and conceding only 11 from his five overs.

James Pattinson (2-65) was the only multiple wicket-taker, while Ben Hilfenhaus took the most important wicket in dismissing McCullum in the 36th over.

Resuming at 3-216 after tea, the visitors scored at a calm pace in the final session.

McCullum’s replacement at the crease in skipper Taylor didn’t hit as many big shots away from pitch, but he did play with enough style and precision to excite the fans in the stands.

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