Thursday 26 January 2012 

Taylor Leads By Example Against Zimbabwe

Taylor Leads By Example Against Zimbabwe
Taylor Leads By Example Against Zimbabwe
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New Zealand 331-5 (Taylor 111no, McCullum 83) v Zimbabwe
Only Test, Napier, day one

Ross Taylor scored a fluent century to guide New Zealand to a good position at stumps on the opening day of their only Test against Zimbabwe in Napier.

Brendon McCullum also added 83 to help the Black Caps close on 331 for five having lost the toss and been invited to bat first by the tourists.

Zimbabwe failed to take a wicket in the opening session after Brendan Taylor opted to bowl as McCullum and Martin Guptill (51) put on 124 for the first wicket.

Kane Williamson was run out for four soon after Guptill fell before McCullum and Taylor added 64 for the fourth wicket.

McCullum was trapped in front by Kyle Jarvis but Taylor went on to score his sixth Test century, facing 168 balls and hitting 13 fours as well as two sixes.

Dean Brownlie (0) and Daniel Vettori (38) were the other wickets to fall as Jarvis, Graeme Cremer, Shingirai and Hamilton Masakadza all picked up a wicket apiece.

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