McCullum sparks New Zealand revival against England
LONDON: Brendon McCullum led a New Zealand fight back against England with a run-a-ball 97 to help his side to 208 for six when bad light ended the first day's play of the first Test at Lord's here Thursday.
McCullum, who had seen New Zealand's top order fail again as they slumped to 109 for five at tea, on a day where rain meant there was no play before lunch, put on 99 for the sixth wicket with Jacob Oram.
But three runs short of what would have been the wicket-keeper's third Test hundred, McCullum was bowled between bat and pad by a quicker delivery from left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.
He hit two sixes and 13 fours, after coming in when New Zealand were in dire straits at 41 for three.
At stumps, Oram was 23 not out and New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori unbeaten on five.
Earlier, pace bowler James Anderson, after England captain Michael Vaughan had won the toss and decided to field first in overcast, seamer-friendly conditions, took three wickets for 27 runs in his first 10 overs.
"If we can get to 300 that would be a fantastic effort after losing the toss on that wicket," said McCullum, whose side were playing their first Test since the retirement of former New Zealand captain and No 3 batsman Stephen Fleming.
The vice-captain, 36 not out at tea, completed a 65-ball fifty, his ninth in 33 Tests, with eight fours.
He then brought up a fifty stand in 70 balls with Oram by confidently driving left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom, who took 24 wickets during England's 2-1 series win in New Zealand in March, down the ground.
McCullum, whose two Test hundreds were scored against minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, later lofted Panesar straight back over the bowler's head for the first six of the innings.
He surpassed that stroke with a superb six over extra-cover off Broad.
Anderson, who saw off competition for his place from Matthew Hoggard in a team unchanged from the side that won the third Test in New Zealand, removed debutant Aaron Redmond for a duck and fellow opener Jamie How for seven.
He then bowled Daniel Flynn, the other debutant in New Zealand's team, round the left-hander's legs for nine shortly before tea.