Taylor succeeds where Edwards errs

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Batsman Ross Taylor was pleased to capitalise on the West Indies' sloppy display in the field, as New Zealand moved to 307 for six – after losing the toss – on day one of the first Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Batsman Ross Taylor was pleased to capitalise on the West Indies' sloppy display in the field, as New Zealand moved to 307 for six – after losing the toss – on day one of the first Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Taylor, who welcomed a majestic double-ton century in the drawn first Test, scored an outstanding 129 on Wednesday. The talented right-hander struck all of 15 boundaries during a 227-minute innings.

His stay, however, would have read extensively shorter – had slip fielder not dropped a reasonably straightforward catch before the eventual centurion had moved off the mark.

"When you're inserted on a greenish wicket, we'll take six for 300 most days of the week I think. I wouldn't say it was nipping round corners but the odd ball kept you honest," said Taylor.

"I thought it was there to hit and it was nice to have a bit of luck. I'm in the best mindset I've ever been in. A bit of luck early on in the innings is always nice, and I thought it was there to hit. After 20 or 30 balls I got to where I wanted to be mentally."

A superb vigil marked the 29-year-old Taylor's 10th Test century – one more than former captain Stephen Fleming – and saw him surpass 4,000 runs in the ultimate form of the game.

"It's nice to beat players who have played for a long time and beat their scores in less time as well. I'm happy with where I am at the moment and just want to continue, obviously there's a few more tons I want to score – not just 11,12 or 13," added Taylor.

Visiting skipper Darren Sammy had brought early inroads, dismissing opener Peter Fulton before fellow seamer removed the left-handed Hamish Rutherford to reduce the Black Caps to a precarious 24 for two.

"We just naturally bowl that little bit fuller and we swing the ball, where they nip the ball around a little bit. Sammy is probably their only genuine swing bowler," concluded Taylor.

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