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.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
NZL 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with WIN 213 & 507
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
NZL 441 beat WIN 193 & 175 by an inns. & 73 runs
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
NZL 349 & 124-2 beat WIN 367 & 104 by 8 wickets
26th December: 1st ODI, Auckland
WIN beat NZL by 2 wickets
29th December: 2nd ODI, Napier
Match abandoned - rain
1st January: 3rd ODI, Queenstown
NZL 283-4 beat WIN 124-5 by 159 runs
4th January: 4th ODI, Nelson
NZL 285-6 beat WIN 134-5 by 59 runs (D/L)
8th January: 5th ODI, Hamilton
WIN 363-4 beat NZL 160 by 203 runs
11th January: 1st T20I, Auckland
NZL 189-5 beat WIN 108-8 by 81 runs
15th January: 2nd T20I, Wellington
NZL 163-6 beat WIN 159-5 by 4 wickets