Taylor in the record books after Daddy Double

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has broken a record that stood for more than a century, after scoring 290 runs in Perth to record the highest innings by a visiting batsman to Australia.

The previous record of 287 was made in 1903 by Reginald Foster. Taylor batted for nearly 10 hours for his 290, and was the final wicket to fall as the Black Caps made 624 all out on day four.

Kane Williamson, who score 166 himself and put on a stand of 265 together, said it was one of the best innings he'd witnessed. It was also the second double century of the match, after David Warner made 253 for Australia.

Williamson said: "I think it would be one of the best innings that I have seen. The tempo that he batted and the length of time that he has been at the crease has been outstanding and moving our team's position forward.

"I thought he was really calm out there. He just went about his work in a reasonably aggressive way and that’s when he bats at his best.

"To get that momentum in his innings from pretty much the word go … there were certainly some tough periods but he was playing so well."

Taylor had occasion to do his now trademark tongue poke twice, one for each time he added a century, and he explained that while it started off as a dig at selectors for dropping him years ago, it now had a more personal meaning.

Taylor told Wide World of Sports: "Right back when I was at age group I got dropped a couple of times when I got hundreds.

"Then I poked my tongue out – (after) I got dropped – against Australia, my second ODI hundred.

"Ever since then my daughter has been pretty happy when I poke my tongue out and that's pretty much for her as well."

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