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Ideal Start To Dunedin Test For New Zealand

Ideal Start To Dunedin Test For New Zealand
Ross Taylor hit an unbeaten century as New Zealand dominated on day one
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New Zealand 367-3 (McCullum 109no) v
West Indies
First Test, Dunedin, day one

New Zealand made a brilliant start to the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin as Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor scored unbeaten centuries.

Openers Peter Fulton (61) and Hamish Rutherford (62) also notched half-centuries and New Zealand ended a day in which they dominated by closing on 367 for three.

McCullum was unbeaten on 109 in 122 balls and Taylor hit 103 not out in 157 deliveries, the pair putting on 182 together already for the fourth wicket.

The West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl but failed to take advantage of their opportunity and it was not until just before lunch that they took their first wicket.

Rutherford was well set when he attempted to hit Shane Shillingford over long on but he misjudged the shot and was caught at the second attempt by Narsingh Deonarine.

Aaron Redmond, in the side in place of the injured Kane Williamson, marked his first Test since 2008 by making a good start, but after reaching 20 he was caught by Marlon Samuels off Tino Best as the ball looped to point via a leading edge.

Fulton, who hit 11 fours, fell when he edged Darren Sammy to Kirk Edwards at second slip but for the remainder of the day there were to be no further breakthroughs for the tourists.

Taylor struck 13 fours on the way to his ninth Test century and the more aggressive McCullum smacked 14 fours and three sixes, scoring at a strike rate of 89.34 to reach his eighth century.

With the West Indian bowling attack lacking variety - Deonarine given only six overs and Samuels not bowled at all - and failing to build pressure for any length of time, it is as if they are still playing the same Test series they were in India.

New Zealand could not have wished for a better start to their summer, putting a disappointing tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and a host of injury concerns behind them.

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