Double Ton Taylor dominates day two

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor's double century was the highlight of day two of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin, as the hosts reached a mammoth 609 for nine before declaring.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor's double century was the highlight of day two of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin, as the hosts reached a mammoth 609 for nine before declaring.

Taylor's 217 not out was his maiden Test double century, and along with Brendon McCullum ton, it formed the backbone of the brisk yet huge innings. Once the Windies were sent in to bat, they lost two early wickets and were on 67 at stumps.

The Kiwis started the day with Taylor and McCullum in the middle, both already having recorded their tons the day before. They were on 367 for three, so while they essentially doubled their score, they did lose six wickets.

McCullum and Corey Anderson departed within the first hour, with only five runs separating their dismissals. The skipper was bowled by Darren Sammy for 113, while Anderson was out for a duck to Tino Best.

The bottom order chipped in with cameo knocks, with BJ Watling making 41, and Ish Sodhi joining Neil Wagner in adding 30-odd scores each. But it was the former captain who held the knock together.

He advanced from 103 at the start of play to score his double ton just before tea, playing patient cricket while compensating for the wickets falling around him. His previous best was 154 against England in 2008. He struck 23 boundaries in his effort.

The Windies, sent in to bat after tea, lost Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell within the first 10 overs, both for single figures. This left Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels to steady the ship, with the former on 37 at the close.

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