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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 May, 2004, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
McCullum boosts Kiwi cause
First Test, Lord's, day three (stumps): New Zealand 386 & 134-1; England 441

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Brendon McCullum took advantage of the flu that afflicted his team-mate Nathan Astle as New Zealand wrested the advantage back from England at Lord's.

New Zealand reached 134-1 at stumps on the third day, a lead of 79 after England were earlier dismissed for 441.

England had been on top when Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming fell for four.

But McCullum, promoted up the order to replace Astle, put on 127 for the second wicket in a fine unbroken partnership with Mark Richardson.

England will be left to rue the decision by Australian umpire Darrell Hair to give McCullum the benefit of the doubt when he was on nought.

A delivery from Andrew Flintoff brushed his gloves before being pouched by Geraint Jones behind the timbers, but Hair was not convinced.

Soon after, Richardson hit a square cut for four that ended up in a spectator's full beer glass.

The ball had to be replaced, and England lost some sparkle themselves.

Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff hit a flurry of crowd-pleasing boundaries in the afternoon

McCullum, to his credit, showed plenty of attacking intent.

He took 12 runs, all in square cuts, off one Steve Harmison over. He drove anything remotely over-pitched, often to the fence, and also produced a couple of fine hook shots.

Richardson, always a patient accumulator, eschewed most of his attacking shots, but even he could afford to skip down the track to Ashley Giles to loft him for four.

New Zealand had had the best of the first session in the field, when taking four England wickets, and only lapsed between lunch and tea when Flintoff and Jones put on 105 for the seventh wicket in exhilarating fashion.

Surrey left-handers Mark Butcher and Graham Thorpe were out cutting, nightwatchman Matthew Hoggard was caught behind and Nasser Hussain had reached 34 in an hour and a half before having his middle stump removed by Chris Martin.

Two further wickets gave Martin figures of 3-94, including Flintoff caught at mid-on for a hard-hitting 63 featuring one six over point and another over deep square leg.

Jones kept pace with Flintoff with some fine cover-drives and cuts in his innings before he tamely speared Scott Styris to gully.


England: M E Trescothick (capt), A J Strauss, M A Butcher, N Hussain, G P Thorpe, A Flintoff, G O Jones, A F Giles, M J Hoggard, S P Jones, S J Harmison.

New Zealand: S P Fleming (capt), M H Richardson, N J Astle, C D McMillan, S B Styris, C L Cairns, B B McCullum, D L Vettori, J D P Oram, D R Tuffey, C S Martin.


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