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PERTH---Ross Taylor hit a career-best
235 not out and became the first New
Zealander to score a test double century
against Australia as the visitors reached
510 for six wickets at stumps on the
third day of the second test at the
Taylor and Kane Williamson (166)
resurrected the New Zealand innings
from a shaky 87 for two in a record 265-
run third-wicket stand after Australia
posted a match-controlling 559 for 9
Taylor, 31, and a former New Zealand
captain, anchored the New Zealand
innings for seven hours and 40 minutes
in his 66th test as he improved on his
unbeaten 217 against the West Indies in
Dunedin in 2013.
Left hander Mark Craig who joined
Taylor at 485 for six, kept Taylor com-
pany for 35 minutes in scoring seven
runs. It was also the first double century
by a touring batsman in a test at the
In a remarkable batting effort by Tay-
lor, who mixed caution with aggression
to bat an entire day, New Zealand fin-
ished 49 runs shy of the Australian first
With the pitch playing true and show-
ing no signs of deterioration, Australia
will be hard pushed to force a victory
over the last two days and secure the
After losing the first test in Brisbane,
New Zealand took the fight to Australia
through the third wicket pair before los-
ing three wickets to the second new
ball. It was Taylor s first century in nine
innings this year after a lean spell before
a very fine innings that gave New
Zealand batting a shot in the arm. He
scored 209 runs on the day after resum-
ing on 26. He hit 34 fours off 308 balls.
Williamson rated Taylor s innings as
one of New Zealand s finest.
"It ranks up there amongst the best,"
said Williamson. "The tempo he batted,
and the length of time he has been at
the crease, its been outstanding in terms
of our team s position.
"It was an absolutely fantastic innings.
He was really calm, and he just went
about his work in a reasonably aggressive
way. That s when he bats at his best I
think," he added.
Williamson is quietly confident that
New Zealand could force a result.
"There is plenty of cricket left in this
game," added Williamson. "There is a
lot of batting to be done. We need more
partnerships around Ross in order to
move the game forward.
"Batting last on this pitch will bring
us challenges. If we can keep playing
good cricket again tomorrow (Monday),
and do what we can with the ball, then
there is a chance of all three results."
Williamson s stand with Taylor is a
record for the third wicket between the
two countries, eclipsing the 224 runs
shared between John Reid and Martin
Crowe at the Gabba in 1985.
New Zealand began the day on 140
for two with Williamson on 70.
Williamson was unlucky to miss out
on a well-deserved double ton too, when
he miscued a pull and was caught at
mid on in the fourth over with the sec-
ond new ball.
Williamson struck 24 boundaries off
250 balls for his second century of the
series, after scoring 140 in the 208-run
defeat in the first test at the Gabba last
week. Williamson took his run tally in
2015 to 841 runs in just nine innings at
an average of 105.12 including four cen-
New Zealand could have been in a
bit more trouble soon after if Australia
hadn t dropped Taylor (137) and Brendon
McCullum (27) in quick succession.
Mitchell Starc, who got rid of
BJWatling later, bowled quick with the
second new ball and topped 160.4 kph
Meanwhile, Australian batsman
Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of
the next two test matches - against New
Zealand in Adelaide and West Indies in
Hobart - with a strained left hamstring
that he injured while fielding on the
Khawaja had scored two centuries in
as many tests against New Zealand.
Opener Dave Warner (253) and
Khawaja (121) shared a record 302 runs
for the second wicket to set up Australia s
mammoth first-innings total.
Khawaja is confident he will be ready
for the second test against the West
Indies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
on Boxing Day.
"I want to nail this injury, and I don t
want to hurry my return," said Khawaja.
"I am confident I will be flying in time
for the second test."
New Zealand's Ross Taylor raises his bat after scoring a double century against
Australia in Perth, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Taylor career best
halts Aussies in Perth
Australia vs New Zealand
Australia 1st inns 559/9 decl
New Zealand 1st inns
K Williamson c Johnson b Hazelwood . . . .166
DBracewellcNevillbJohnson. . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Fall of wkts: 6, 87, 352, 432, 447, 485
Bowling: Starc 30-6-83-2, Hazelwood 27-2-
98-1, Johnson 24 -2-131-1, Lyon 30-4-93-1,
Marsh 15-1-73-1, Smith 3-0-15-0
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