23 Mar 2010

Black Caps get first test into final day

6:40 am on 23 March 2010

The New Zealand cricketers have managed to get the first test against Australia into the 5th and final day at the Basin Reserve, thanks to the weather and some patient batting.

Having been forced to follow-on on Sunday after making 157 in the first innings, the Black Caps trailled by 302.

They'll resume this morning on 369 for six, an overall lead of 67 with Brendon McCullum on 94 and Darryl Tuffey on 23 after McCullum and skipper Dan Vettori, who made 77, put on a record sixth wicket stand against Australia of 126.

Bad light meant at least two hours was lost yesteday all helping the Black Caps cause.

Opener Tim McIntosh who made 83 in the second innings says having survived yesterday there's a sense of belief in the camp that they can save the test.

McIntosh says they'd like to get into a position to put some pressure on the Australians.

Fine weather is forecast for Wellington today.