Monday 22 March 2010 

McCullum And Vettori Launch New Zealand Fightback

McCullum And Vettori Launch New Zealand Fightback
McCullum And Vettori Launch New Zealand Fightback
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Australia 459-5 dec. (Clarke 168, North 112no) v
New Zealand 157 & 369-6 (McCullum 94, Vettori 77)
First Test, Wellington, day four

Resolute batting from Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum enabled New Zealand to take the first Test against Australia in Wellington into a final day.

After resuming on 187 for five in their second innings, still 115 runs behind, the pair both stroked half-centuries to put their side into a lead of 67 by stumps with the Black Caps closing the day on 369 for six having been bowled out for 157 in their first innings.

Vettori, who made 77 in 119 balls, and McCullum, who was unbeaten on 94 in 177 deliveries, put on 126 for the sixth wicket to prevent the expected innings victory for Australia before Vettori was bowled by off-spinner Nathan Hauritz.

After Vettori's departure, McCullum was given good support from Daryl Tuffey, who was unbeaten on 23, contributng to an unbroken seventh-wicket stand worth 60 when the players left the field early due to bad light.

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