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Cricket: McCullum hits 224 as New Zealand out for 503

Skipper Brendon McCullum scored 224 as New Zealand reached 503 all out in their first innings on the second day of the first Test against India on Friday. McCullum was the last man out, caught on the boundary, to be left one run short of equalling his career best score. Kane Williamson made 113 and Corey Anderson 77. Ishant Sharma was India's most successful bowler with six for 134. cf/mp/st

Cricket: McCullum double ton puts New Zealand in control

Brendon McCullum smashed a double century as New Zealand reached an imposing 473-7 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against India on Friday. The New Zealand skipper progressed from his overnight 143 to 202 and was closing in on his career best 225, also set against India, in November 2010. He received strong support from Corey Anderson (77) and Tim Southee (28) as they bludgeoned the Indian attack, adding 144 in the session. Ish Sodhi was not out 18.

Cricket: Double-ton New Zealand command day one against India

Centuries for Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson lifted New Zealand off the ropes and into a position of command on the opening day of the first Test against India. Captain McCullum posted his eighth Test hundred soon after tea on Thursday and Williamson followed two overs later with his fifth as New Zealand progressed to 329-4 at stumps. Williamson was eventually removed for 113 and at stumps McCullum was unbeaten on 143 with Corey Anderson on 42 in a 78-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Cricket: New Zealand 329-4 at stumps against India

New Zealand were 329-4 at stumps on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India at Eden Park on Thursday. Brendon McCullum was not out 143 with Corey Anderson on 42. Kane Williamson was out for 113. For India, Ishant Sharma has two for 62 and Zaheer Khan two for 98. cf/bp/ac

Cricket: Double-ton New Zealand rule day one against India

Centuries for Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson lifted New Zealand off the ropes and into a position of command on the opening day of the first Test against India. Captain McCullum posted his eighth Test hundred soon after tea on Thursday and Williamson followed two overs later with his fifth as New Zealand progressed to 329-4 at stumps. Williamson was eventually removed for 113 and at stumps McCullum was unbeaten on 143 with Corey Anderson on 42 in a 78-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Cricket: Double-ton New Zealand rule day one against India

Centuries for Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson lifted New Zealand off the ropes and into a position of command on the opening day of the first Test against India. Captain McCullum posted his eighth Test hundred soon after tea on Thursday and Williamson followed two overs later with his fifth as New Zealand progressed to 329-4 at stumps. Williamson was eventually removed for 113 and at stumps McCullum was unbeaten on 143 with Corey Anderson on 42 in a 78-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Cricket: Williamson, McCullum hit back against India

Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum engineered a crucial fightback for New Zealand after a disastrous start to the first Test against India at Eden Park on Thursday. After coming together with New Zealand in serious trouble at 30-3, they put on 149 for the fourth wicket to lift New Zealand to 179-3 at tea with Williamson on 79 and McCullum on 71. After being sent into bat in ideal bowling conditions, New Zealand managed only 54 runs in a difficult first session of play where they lost both openers and their leading batsman Ross Taylor.

Cricket: New Zealand 54-3 at lunch

New Zealand were 54-3 at lunch after being sent into bat on the opening day of the first Test against India at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday. Kane Williamson was not out 22 with Brendon McCullum on five. For India, Ishant Sharma has two for eight off six overs. cf/mp/pj

Cricket: Vettori sets May comeback target

Injured New Zealand cricket great Daniel Vettori has set a May target to resume his international career with captain Brendon McCullum saying he should be an automatic selection if fit. Vettori, one of the world's leading all rounders, has been plagued by Achilles and back injuries and last played Test cricket 18 months ago. The 35-year-old has now ruled himself out of a comeback at the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh in March but said he is targeting New Zealand's tour of the West Indies in May as the series that will determine if he can revive his career.

Cricket: New Zealand unchanged for India Test

New Zealand on Wednesday named an unchanged side for the first Test against India at Eden Park, with seamer Doug Bracewell and batsman Jesse Ryder missing out. Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford were retained as openers for the match in Auckland starting Thursday, with selectors opting to stick with the same team that secured a 2-0 series win over the West Indies in December. Captain Brendon McCullum said the decision was down to both the success against the West Indies and the Eden Park conditions, where the green pitch should favour the pace bowlers.
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