De Grandhomme christens new bat with ton


Colin de Grandhomme has revealed that he used a brand new Kookaburra but for his destructive 71-ball century against the West Indies.

De Grandhomme was given the freedom to play his natural game after good work from Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls to build an imposing first innings lead over the tourists.

Speaking after play on day two of the first Test in Wellington de Grandhomme said: “Today it felt pretty good. I got a couple of new Kookaburras [bats] and they’re going well. First game for this one.

“There wasn’t any instructions: just do what I do. The boys did the hard work and made it a lot easier for me towards the back end.

“It helps hitting a couple of boundaries early. But they were there to go so I had to put them away.”

His knock was the second fastest Test century for New Zealand with the record belonging to Brendon McCullum who blazed a hundred off just 54 balls against Australia in 2016.

When asked if he thought he could break that record de Grandhomme said he felt that record was safe: “Nah, he’ll always be faster than me.”

Opposing fast bowler Miguel Cummins compared de Grandhomme to West Indian master blasters Andre Russel and Chris Gayle.

Cummins said: “Andre Russell hits the ball very hard, Chris Gayle hits the ball very hard. But he [de Grandhomme] is up there. He batted well today. We didn’t execute our plan that well.”

New Zealand lead by 313 runs with one wicket in hand having reached 447/9