24 Nov 2011

Black Caps make strong start in Australia A test

9:54 pm on 24 November 2011

Bad light brought an early end to the first day's play of Australia A's match against New Zealand in Brisbane.

At stumps, the Black Caps were 290 for four, with captain Ross Taylor not out 45 and Dean Brownlie unbeaten on 21.

A whirlwind 115-ball 146 by opener Brendon McCullum laid the foundation for the impressive total.

Australia A's test hopefuls could not grab the huge opportunity presented to them ahead of the first Test at the Gabba next week.

James Pattinson made the initial breakthroughs but was expensive, while left-arm Mitchell Starc bowled too short.