16 Nov 2015

Two hundred for Taylor

9:07 am on 16 November 2015

The batsman Ross Taylor has become the first New Zealander to score a double century against Australia.

The 31-year-old brought up the milestone on day three of the second cricket Test at Perth.

Ross Taylor celebrates his double century, Perth, 2015.

Ross Taylor celebrates his double century, Perth, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Starting the day on 26, Taylor set a new record for the highest score by a Black Cap against Australia when he surpassed Martin Crowe's total of 188 from Brisbane in 1985.

After 254 balls, the number four batsman notched the second double ton of his career with a cover drive for four off Mitchell Starc, who was clocked bowling at a hundred miles per hour (160KPH) during a fiery evening spell.

Taylor went on to eclipse his previous high score of 217 set against the West Indies in Dunedin in 2013.

At stumps on day three, the right-hander was unbeaten on 235 alongside Mark Craig who was seven not out.

New Zealand were 510 for six in reply to Australia's first innings score of 559.

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Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor celebrate Williamson's century, Perth 2015.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor celebrate Williamson's century, Perth 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

It was New Zealand's day at the WACA where their batsmen took control of Australia's fearsome pace attack.

Taylor also set the highest New Zealand partnership against Australia (265) with Kane Williamson, who took his overnight score of 70 to 166 off 250 balls when he was caught at mid-on off Josh Hazlewood.

Williamson received a standing ovation from locals after cutting a wide ball from Mitchell Johnson to the rope to bring up his ton, his second of the series and fourth in nine Tests this year.

Kane Williamson after scoring his 12th Test century at Perth, 2015.

Kane Williamson after scoring his 12th Test century at Perth, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

On Williamson's departure Taylor was joined in the middle by his captain Brendon McCullum, who was promptly dropped at slip by Nathon Lyon off a Starc thunderbolt.

Two balls later a 154 kilmometre per hour yorker from Starc broke McCullum's bat.

The Black Caps captain also sustained a blow to his hand, but managed to hang on until the end of the session when New Zealand were 153 runs behind Australia's first innings total.

After tea, McCullum was clean bowled by Mitchell March for 27.

BJ Watling came and went for one, before Doug Bracewell joined Taylor in the middle to celebrate his double century.

Johnson nicked Bracewell out for 12, before Craig and Taylor saw the day through to stumps.

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