McCullum leads in solid NZ batting display

Last updated 14:47 29/12/2012

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Captain Brendon McCullum led from the front as the Black Caps produced a solid batting display in their warm-up match against a South African XI in Paarl today.

New Zealand reached 311-6 at stumps on the opening day at Boland Park, looking for valuable practice ahead of Wednesday's test opener against the Proteas in Cape Town.

All of the New Zealand batsmen got starts without any of them going on to produce the big score needed.

McCullum was the best with 65. Coming in at No 4, McCullum looked assured and added 108 for the third wicket with Kane Williamson.

Peter Fulton was promoted to open the innings and made 39. He also managed to come through a fitness test on an injured knee.

Martin Guptill got 42, Daniel Flynn 23 and James Franklin 37 while wicketkeeper BJ Watling was unbeaten on 32 at the end of a pretty satisfying day.

There was also the pleasing sight of  Dean Brownlie joining the team in the Cape.

He has been laid low with a stomach illness since the team arrived in Durban, missing all three Twenty20 matches.

He was too ill to travel with the team from Port Elizabeth to Paarl but caught up with them today.

New Zealand 311-6 (P Fulton 39, M Guptill 42, K Williamson 59, B McCullum 65, D Flynn 23, J Franklin 37, B Watling 32*; C Ackermann 3-46) 

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