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PERTH---Ross Taylor made the highest Test
score by a visiting batsman in Australia before
he was out for 290 yesterday, helping lift New
Zealand to a first-innings total of 624 on day
four of the second Test.
After conceding 65-run lead on the first innings,
Australia slipped to 46 for 2 before rallying with
a 212-run partnership between skipper Steve Smith
(131 not out) and Adam Voges (101) to reach 258
for two at stumps on the penultimate day.
Australia leads by 193 runs and, with the pitch
remaining benign despite the appearance of cracks,
a draw seems the most likely result with three
sessions to play.
Taylor s total surpassed that of England s RE
Tip Foster, who scored 287 against Australia in
Sydney in 1903, as the best by a visiting batsman
in a Test match. He fell just short of becoming
only the second batsman to score a triple century
against Australia after Len Hutton, who did it in
England in 1938.
Taylor s innings is the third highest by a New
Zealand batsman. He batted for nine and half
hours, facing 374 balls and hitting 43 boundaries,
and was last man out in what was New Zealand s
highest total against Australia.
Taylor s 374-ball innings is the highest by a New
Zealand batsman overseas, and third highest behind
Brendon McCullum s 302 against India in 2013/14
and Martin Crowe s 299 against Sri Lanka in
1990/91 at Wellington. The only chance he gave
was when Mitchell Marsh dropped him on 137 off
Mitchell Starc (4-119).
Australia won the opening Test by 208 runs at
the Gabba last week and appeared to be on course
for another win at the WACA after winning the
toss and racing to 559-9 declared on the second
But Taylor reveled on a WACA pitch devoid of
its usual dangerous pace and bounce, and provided
the backbone of an innings that was the highest
by any visiting team at the WACA.
It was Taylor s first century in 12 innings since
he scored 104 against Pakistan in Dubai last year.
Smith was forced to bat at No 3 for Australia
after Usman Khawaja strained a hamstring and
was ruled out of the rest of the test series, forcing
a reshuffle in the Australian order.
Dropped on 96 by wicketkeeper BJ Watling off
seam bowler Matt Henry, Smith brought up his
12th test century with his 13th four. It helped Smith
take his tally for 2015 to 1,186 runs with five cen-
Soon after reaching his century Smith was hit
on the helmet by fast bowler Trent Boult and
needed medical attention before resuming the
innings. Otherwise, Smith and Voges scored freely
and quickly in a partnership that has lasted almost
Batting the second time, Australia lost openers
Joe Burns (0), and Dave Warner (24) soon after
lunch --- the first time in the series the Australian
openers have failed to put on 100 for the first
Burn drove loosely at a Tim Southee delivery
and was caught by Taylor at first slip.
Warner, who scored 253 in the first innings,
smashed five fours in 22 balls before driving a low
catch to Tom Latham at cover of left-arm fast
bowler Trent Boult. (AP)
Australia 9 for 559 dec and 2 for 258 (Smith 131*, Voges
101*) lead New Zealand 624 (Taylor 290, Williamson
166, Starc 4-119, Lyon 3-107). Australia won by 193 runs.
Australia takes 193-run lead
...after Taylor's 290 lifts New Zealand
Australia's Steve Smith salutes the players
pavilion after scoring a century against New
Zealand during their cricket Test match in Perth,
Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
out for 2nd
BANGALORE---The prospects of
a result in the second Test between
India and South Africa appear dim
after a second straight day of play
was washed out yesterday.
Persistent rain led to big puddles
all over the ground and conditions
were so poor that play was called
off at just 11.30 am local time. More
rain was forecast for today.
The first Test at Mohali was
decided inside three days with India
winning the low-scoring game by
108 runs on a dry pitch, but more
playing time will likely be needed
on a moister pitch at the M Chin-
India was 80-0 in its first innings,
in reply to South Africa s first
innings score of 214. (AP)
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