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McCullum, Taylor propel New Zealand

Unbeaten centuries by middle-order duo power home side to 367 for 3 at stumps on Day One against West Indies

McCullum, Taylor propel New Zealand - Cricket News
Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum put on an unbroken stand of 182 runs for the fourth wicket.
Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor dismantled the West Indies attack on Day One of the first Test on Tuesday (December 3), with both hitting centuries as New Zealand reached a mammoth 367 for 3.At stumps, McCullum was 109 not out off just 122 balls while Taylor was unbeaten on 103. 

Earlier, Hamish Rutherford (62) and Peter Fulton (61) chipped in with half-centuries on a demoralizing day for West Indies.

The West Indies attack was made to appear pedestrian despite inserting New Zealand on a green-tinged pitch, with cloud cover for much of the day. New Zealand was 194 for 3 when the cloud cleared at tea, and in the final session, Taylor and McCullum – the former and current captains respectively -- produced a ruthless display of power batting to press forth the advantage.

The duo piled more misery on the West Indies attack, adding a further 173 runs in the final session to end the day with an unbeaten 182-run partnership.

Taylor, who brought up his ninth century, had one close encounter when he was batting on 2. He was rapped on the gloves trying to fend off a delivery from Tino Best, with the ball ballooning just over the slip cordon. From there, he was more circumspect and his 103 came off 157 deliveries, including 13 fours.

For McCullum, who has been suffering from a severe back injury that required him to use painkillers to take the field, the innings was a personal best. It was his seventh Test century, his first century since his personal best of 225 against India three years ago.

McCullum was at his belligerent best, bringing up the 300 with a mighty six when he pulled Shannon Gabriel over square leg.  McCullum hit 14 fours and three sixes during his knock.

Rutherford and Fulton produced a 95-run opening stand that ended just before lunch when Rutherford was caught one-handed on the boundary by Narsingh Deonarine off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.

Fulton was more sedate than Rutherford, but scored three fours in quick succession to reach his half-century. However, when he reached 61, a lapse of concentration saw him jab at a delivery from Darren Sammy and Kirk Edwards took a regulation catch at second slip.

Aaron Redmond, back in the side after a five-year absence, was the only other wicket to fall. He reached 20 before he was caught by Marlon Samuels at gully.

Shillingford finished the day with figures of 1 for 88 off 28 overs. He was allowed to play while waiting for test results on the legality of his bowling action after he was reported by the International Cricket Council. While Best took 1 for 87, Sammy returned figures of 1 for 68 .

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