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Taylor Century Drives New Zealand

Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor
Kane Williamson (left) and Ross Taylor put on 88 together to help New Zealand recover from a poor start
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New Zealand 307-6 (Taylor 129, Williamson 45) v
West Indies
Second Test, Wellington, day one

Ross Taylor scored 129, his second century in as many games, as New Zealand closed day one of the second Test against the West Indies in Wellington on 307 for six.

Fresh from scoring his maiden double-century in the drawn opening match, Taylor faced 227 balls to help New Zealand recover from a poor start.

On his return to the side having recovered from a fractured thumb, Kane Williamson made 45 and put on 88 with Taylor for the third wicket.

Contributions from Brendon McCullum (37) and Corey Anderson (38) helped set New Zealand a solid platform after the West Indies won the toss and chose to field.

They were celebrating a wicket with the first ball of the game but Tino Best's jubilation was cut short when Peter Fulton reviewed the leg before decision knowing he had got an edge on the ball first.

Nevertheless, he didn't last much longer before he edged Darren Sammy to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin for six and Best finally had reason to cheer when Hamish Rutherford's awkward cut shot also found its way into Ramdin's gloves.

He had made just 11, New Zealand were 24 for two and the opening salvos had been won by the tourists.

However, Williamson showed exactly why he was brought straight back into the team with a fluent knock of 45 in 83 balls while Taylor carried on from where he left off in Dunedin, hitting 15 fours in all on the way to his 10th Test century and a third international century in four matches.

Their partnership was broken after lunch when Best induced Williamson to edge to Sammy at second slip and the West Indian spinners Narsingh Deonarine and Shane Shillingford then removed McCullum, caught by Kirk Edwards and Anderson, caught by Kieron Powell.

Taylor finally fell in the 88th over to take a little of the shine off of New Zealand's day when he sliced Shannon Gabriel to a diving Shillingford to backward point.

BJ Watling (8) and Tim Southee (9) were unbeaten at stumps while Best finished the day with two for 66.

West Indies were unchanged from Dunedin while New Zealand left out Aaron Redmond to accommodate Williamson's return.

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