Perhaps he should've. But he's out now.
New Zealand's innings ends on 185 with their captain the last man out.
It was another fine knock from McCullum, hitting five sixes and making 79 from 68 balls.
Unfortunately for McCullum, he just ran out of partners. He really upped the scoring once New Zealand were nine down, but was eventually caught on the boundary.
England will begin in 40 minutes needing 186 runs to win their first one-day series on these shores since 1992.
Join us in half an hour for the chase. Going to get some tea myself. Will hopefully avoid the food poisoning.
Welcome back to Eden Park where England's chase of 186 has just begun.
The news from the break is that Brendon McCullum has suffered an abdominal strain and BJ Watling has taken over the wicket-keeping duties. McCullum will still field.
Three runs from Kyle Mills' first over and now Tim Southee will begin from the other end.
Dinner was enjoyable despite being hampered by a shortage of plates which created long queues. Sir Ian Botham looked decidely unimpressed when he walked in and saw the line. He wouldn't be made to wait at Lords.
First six for England. Ian Bell with a beautiful flick of his pads. If that shot was anything to go by this could be an early night.
I wouldn't bet against that, Kevin. England have started very breezily, picking up where they left off from their big win in Napier.
The key question: will the cricket be over by the time the rugby starts?
Cook and Bell taking no time to settle into their work, going at more than six an over from the first five.
In other news, ANZ thinks so highly of its beach cricket commerical that they play it on the big screen at the stadium. And I thought I could escape it by attending the game.
In perhaps the most surprising turn of events of the day, the introduction of Andrew Ellis to the bowling crease has brought the breakthrough.
Bell tried to get after him but he mis-hit his pull and Hamish Rutherford took a comfortable catch on the mid-wicket boundary.
Bell goes for 24 from 22 and England fall to 42-1.
Jonathon Trott the new man in. England's top four are all things. Cook, Bell, Trott, Root. Perhaps that's the secret to their success.
So a glimmer a hope for New Zealand or merely consolation? I'm thinking the latter.
The scoring has slowed after the wicket as England begin to toy with their hosts.
New Zealand should begin bowling loosely so they don't miss the start of the Canes-Blues
Probably the highlight of the England innings so far: The McCullum brothers frantically waving to get the attention of Tim Southee in the deep before Nathan started his over. After about five seconds of wild gesticulating, Southee finally realised he was being signalled and promptly ran the wrong way.
Kane Williamson now into the attack to make it spin from both ends.
With England looking odds-on to make quick work of this total, many sports fans' attention will soon switch to the Hurricanes' clash with the Blues in Wellington.
With that in mind I'm delighted to welcome Steven Holloway - nzherald.co.nz's second-best live blogger - to the conversation. He will keep tabs on that game for all you nice people.
Thanks for the warm welcome Kris, I'm going to be providing live updates from Westpac Stadium where the Hurricanes are opening their 2013 Super Rugby campaign against the Blues.
What are the chances of a tighter contest than we're seeing in the cricket, Steve?
Good question Kris, the chances are high. Very high. The Super Rugby season of redemption is about to begin for the Blues, while the Hurricanes have home advantage. It's going to be tight!
With England needing only 110 more runs, I should be able to catch the second half at least.
I haven't been able to catch much of the cricket, but give me and all the rugby fans who are just joining a quick break down. Where have the Black Caps gone wrong?
The Black Caps were made to look decidedly second-rate with the bat, as England's bowling attack showed why they're the second-ranked side in the world. Their bowling was tight and demanding - and New Zealand had no answer. Only Brendon McCullum was able to get going, with England now showing the wicket is indeed a decent batting deck.
With an England win looking rather likely, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the 17,000-strong crowd leave to watch their beloved Blues.
You might be right. The word coming from both camps at Westpac Stadium is 'rebuilding'. The Hurricanes are building on last year's progress while the Blues are starting from scratch after last year's sadness.
Stat of the day: The Hurricanes have played the Blues 19 times in Super Rugby since 1996 but they have only won 7 times.