Taylor completes hat-tricks of centuries

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Batsman Ross Taylor appreciated a record century in front of his wife and daughter, as New Zealand seized control on day three of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.

Batsman Ross Taylor appreciated a record century in front of his wife and daughter, as New Zealand seized control on day three of the series decider against the West Indies on Saturday.

Taylor became only the second New Zealander to score three successive Test tons, after former right-hander Mark Burgess, and currently has the second highest number of runs in a calendar year for the country.

"When I came in I did think about it. A lot of people had mentioned it. Jesse Ryder told me to get three in a row and Martin Guptill did. That was a nice reminder," said Taylor.

"My wife wasn't at Dunedin or Wellington and she was very angry when she got to Wellington that she wasn't able to see it. It was nice to get a century for her, because Mackenzie and Victoria haven't seen me score a ton anywhere for a long time."

The talented Taylor orchestrated an outstanding 217 not out in the series opener in Dunedin and a fine 129 in the second fixture at the University Oval, but rated this authoritative 131 at Seddon Park in Hamilton as the most difficult.

He was particularly successful against spinner Sunil Narine, who completed a telling six-wicket haul in conditions increasingly conducive to turn ahead of an intriguingly-poised fourth day.

"This was definitely the hardest one. It's hard to go past the 200 but this was the most challenging of the three with the Narine factor. And it'd be a lie to say I haven't been a little bit tired going in. It was nice to still trust the gameplan and still go out and bat," he concluded.

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