3 Dec 2013

Black Caps dominate opening day in Dunedin

6:51 pm on 3 December 2013

Ross Taylor's joined his captain Brendon McCullum in bringing up a test century as New Zealand dominated the West Indies on the opening day of the first cricket test in Dunedin.

It was the Black Caps' day, reaching 367 for three at stumps at the University Oval - despite losing the toss and being sent in to bat.

The home side's top order proceeded to put the West Indies bowling attack to the sword. Both openers made half centuries while the former skipper Taylor will resume on 103 not out with McCullum on 109.

The pair put on an impressive unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 182 runs.

Taylor got his ninth ton off 150 balls and McCullum brought up his seventh test century off his 101st ball to end a drought of more than three years since he last reached the milestone.

It's been more than a year since Taylor scored a century - his last came against Sri Lanka in Colombo last November.

That was New Zealand's last test victory and Taylor's final one in charge before being usurped by McCullum.

Taylor says he's glad he didn't rush things - in the past he might have been in a hurry to get the hundred before the new ball but he and McCullum talked about being there at the end of the day and pushing on.

At tea the Black Caps were 194 for three.

Peter Fulton was removed for 61 before tea, caught in the slips off the bowling of Darren Sammy.

The recalled batsman Aaron Redmond went after lunch for 20, caught in the gully playing a leading edge off the bowling of Tino Best.

Hamish Rutherford fell before lunch, caught for 62 to spinner Shane Shillingford while adventurously lofting one to long-on.