Taylor's maiden century lifts New Zealand

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2008, 5:33 [IST]
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Ross Taylor posted his maiden Test century as he and Daniel Vettori took New Zealand to 387 for six at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test against England here Thursday.

Taylor, recalled to the New Zealand team after being dropped following a disappointing debut series in South Africa last year, combined with his captain in an unbroken 110-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

At lunch Taylor was unbeaten on 111, easily surpassing his previous Test best of 17, while Vettori had moved from four overnight to 47 and was poised to become the fourth New Zealand batsman to reach 50 in the innings.

On the opening day Jamie How, like Taylor also on the comeback trail after being dropped for the Bangladesh series at the start of the year, compiled his highest Test score of 92 while Brendon McCullum made 51.

With New Zealand now closing in on the 400 mark, the innings has begun to take on an air of respectability after they were earlier at 191-5 and 277-6.

Neither Taylor nor Vettori was troubled through the morning, adding 105 runs in the session while the England bowlers struggled with the more rigorous demands of Test cricket after playing limited overs in the past month.

With the second new ball only seven overs old, England were looking for an early breakthrough but instead they fed the batsmen a diet of boundaries with five fours coming off the first five overs of the day.

Taylor brought up the New Zealand 300 with a four off Mathew Hoggard that flew over the slips cordon and down to third-man boundary.

He reached his century with another boundary, pulling a short ball from Steve Harmison to the ropes.

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