Wellington:A quickfire 206 by Brendon McCullum put the New Zealand XI in a commanding position at 342-4 at the close of the first day of their first Test warm-up match against Pakistan in Whangarei on Sunday.
The Pakistan and New Zealand sides are at near full strength and have agreed to use 12 players for this match ahead of the two-Test series which starts on January 7 in Hamilton.
McCullum, who did not play in the recent Twenty20 series won by New Zealand 2-1, belted 20 fours and five sixes after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
He featured in a 162-run opening partnership with Tim McIntosh (51) before being caught by Umar Gul off Asad Shafiq to end a 218-ball stand.
BJ Watling was out for 24 and Kane Williamson 16 with James Franklin (17) and Dean Brownlie (11) the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.
Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman and Gul have taken a wicket each for Pakistan.