5 Dec 2013

Taylor double century sets up Black Caps

6:15 am on 5 December 2013

A double century to former captain Ross Taylor has put New Zealand in charge of the first cricket test against the West Indies in Dunedin.

At stumps on day two the tourists are 67 for two, 542 runs in arrears after the Black Caps declared shortly after tea at 609 for nine, wtih Taylor unbeaten on 217.

It was his first test double century and he's the 13th New Zealander to achieve the feat.

His previous highest test score was 154.

New Zealand started the day at 367 for three, but skipper Brendon McCullum added just four runs to his total to be out for 113.

Taylor continued on, taking few risks and was well supported by Ish Sohdi and Neil Wagner, who made 34 and 37 respectively.

The New Zealand bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult took two early West Indies wickets to have them 24 for two, with Boult removing Kirk Edwards for no score and Southee dismissing Kieran Powell for 7.

Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels on 37 and 14 respectively have steadied the West Indies innings, with an unbroken third wicket of 47.