BRISBANE (Agencies) Brendon McCullum's blazing 146 from a mere 115 balls pushed the New Zealanders to a firm 4 for 290 against Australia A after rain and bad light shortened the first day here on Thursday, at the same time denting the Test hopes of several local fast bowlers. Sent in to bat under overcast skies by the Australia A captain George Bailey, McCullum and his opening partner Martin Guptill added a slick 148 in only 28.2 overs before the first wicket fell, confounding an Australian attack that featured the pacemen Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc, Ben Cutting and James Pattinson. Each fast man was taken for more than four runs an over, as McCullum pelted the boundaries of Allan Border Field with no fewer than 21 fours and 6 sixes. He was eventually dismissed by Hilfenhaus, heaving rashly outside off stump and being caught behind, though the method had already brought him great success. Aside from Guptill's quiet 43, Ross Taylor collected an unbeaten 45 as the light began to fade. Brief score: New Zealanders 290-4 (McCullum 146, Taylor 45*, Pattinson 2-65) v Australia A.