Cricket: McCullum on verge of history

Matt Brown, Newstalk ZB February 18, 2014, 5:09 am

Brendon McCullum stands on the verge of New Zealand Cricket history this morning.

The Black Caps skipper is 19 runs away from becoming the first New Zealander to score a triple century in Tests, heading into the final day of the series against India.

McCullum resumes on 281, and New Zealand 571 for 6, a lead of 325 runs in the second Test at the Basin reserve.

After battling for nearly two days at the crease, McCullum's shattered.

"The last probably hour was a a bit of a daze in all honestly I was just trying to get through and thankfully Neesh was playing some shots and ticking the scoreboard over because I was just hanging in there if I'm brutally honest."

McCullum says they are now in a situation where they can either choose to try to win or draw the match.

"We're obviously 1-0 up in the series and we've worked really hard to get back into this contest so that's one of the decisions we have to look at and whether we look to try and push on for a test win or we look to consolidate the lead that we've got, knowing how far out of the game we were, so they're the decisions we've got to mull over."

McCullum shared in a world record stand of 352 for the sixth wicket with BJ Watling who scored 124.

He says Watling's pivotal innings is testament to his character.

"Everyone knows how much of a scrapper he is and how hard a worker he is and that real resilient streak about him and especially coming off a duck as well, to stand up and do what he did in this test match and bat as long as what he did, pick up some accolades along the way as well.

"Dream the dreams and you don't always live them and today I thought BJ and myself were able to put ourselves in a really strong position and obviously the way Neesh came in as well and created that partnership, at the end of the day we're incredibly pleased with where we're at. We've got some decisions to make overnight."

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan says they had no answers.

"We bowled in the right areas and we were patient enough but they didn't give any chances and once the batsmen scored big runs then it gets easier for the batsmen to score more runs and they applied themselves very nicely."

He says they've lost their momentum.

"First two days we dominated the match and today it was a totally different day. We came with the mindset that we were going to get them all out and bat, but it didn't go our way and we have to take it in our stride."

Jimmy Neesham resumes on 67 alongside McCullum this morning.

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  1. Kiwifruit10:10am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    Kneewall, there will be enough personal pressure on him this morning without the media hype. All I can say is that even if he is out first ball, what he has done in the last two Tests will be a milestone for NZ cricket history. Hope he goes past 300 and bats till lunch, or gets his 300 and it pours with rain. We are unlikely to force a result today despite the overhead conditions, but a series win against India is a great result, ( for your benefit Jordan, dead pitch, dropped catch or whatever else you want to say to denigrate this team).

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  2. Bones08:07am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    I hope he gets his triple ton, he deserves it. What a magnificent effort. This guy is clearly made for the captaincy role. It seems to bring the best out of him and you can see the guys really wanting to play for each other. Amazing effort by Watling too. Right, BMac to get 300, Neesham to get a ton, set a target of circa 400 then attack!

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  3. Peter10:25am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    I am waiting for Jordan, Tom, NZCIJ and all the other dykheads to reappraise thier references to the Black Collapsers. One swallow does not make a summer, but I want to hear those three swallow on their bile and maybe choke on it just a little. Roll on Super 15 for more "fun" from ISSP and the other douche bags who want a go at Aotearoa.

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  4. Lisa08:32am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    Best of luck Brendan just go out there this morning and do it...bat all day again don't even give those Indians a sniff.

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  5. Spud08:17am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    One of sport's unique moments,a fightback worthy of it's place in cricketing history.And Macca deserves the chance to enter the Hall of Fame. Love him or loathe him,the fighter in him deserves due respect...and reward.The end result somewhat pales as we wait and hope for a battlers personal acheivement.

  6. Jordan09:46am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    brendon: it's been said many times that NOONE has said anything negative about this batting performance from McCullum, or Watling...only morons like you attempt to deflect...I'm personally delighted that the side have shown guts and determination and that McCullum has shown that he DOES want to be a test batsman...that he does have the skill set to build an innings..and there's not a cricketer in the world that doesn't hope he gets 300+...

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  7. Lisa11:52am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    Absolutely outstanding McCullum you sooooooooo deserve that...bought a wee tear to my eye I must admit....so proud and congrats to Neesham that was a great century on debut as well...the BC;s are doing it and im loving it WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! :)

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  8. il Duce10:36am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    Hmm! Yeah..fkcu off Jawdon..your hypocracy is so transparent its sickening. Go join tom-tit, NZInsect and the LOLissp troll under your rock for the rest of the day. You four make a great loser tag team, but please, go do your stuff in private , not here. This is a place for fans, not fkcuwit fakes!

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  9. Lisa10:41am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    OMG im so nervous for McCullum....this is gonna be so exciting!! And the best thing is its shut all the haters up for a bit :)

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  10. Nach09:13am Tuesday 18th February 2014 NZDTReport Abuse

    Good Luck!

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