New Zealand look to contain 'genius' Alastair Cook

McCullum said Cook, who scored a second-innings century in Dunedin to help England deny New Zealand a victory, was a daunting obstacle at the top of the batting order.

updated: March 13, 2013 10:55 IST
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Wellington: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum on Wednesday praised the "genius" Alastair Cook, saying that England's free-scoring captain was second only to Australian legend Don Bradman on current form.

Ahead of the second Test in Wellington, McCullum said the Black Caps were keen to maintain momentum after the drawn first match in Dunedin. The English tourists escaped with a draw after more than a day's play was lost to rain.

The pitch for the Wellington Test starting on Thursday is expected to offer more early bounce than the lifeless Dunedin wicket, and McCullum said he would probably make England bat first if he won the toss at the Basin Reserve.

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