New Zealand put behind their batting woes in some style on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin, finishing on an impressive 367 for three at the close of play.
Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum, under the pump for his lack of runs in Test cricket recently, is unbeaten on a brilliant 109 (122b, 14x4, 2x6) with Ross Taylor (103, 157b, 13x4) batting at the other end with another century.
After winning the toss, West Indies captain put New Zealand into bat on a green-looking pitch, looking to whittle away the brittle lineup of the home side.
However, things did not go according to plan as the openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford put on 95 for the first wicket, with both cracking half-centuries.
Shane Shillingford, so impressive in the Test series against India last month, but under a cloud after his bowling action was questioned, picked up Rutherford for 62, before Aaron Redmond, pencilled in as a replacement for the injured Kane Williamson, fell for 20 off Tino Best.
Fulton (61) then gave his wicket away 15 minutes before Tea as New Zealand, at 185 for three looked a little wobbly. However, McCullum and Taylor saw the session through, before attacking in the final two hours to put New Zealand in command.
McCullum in particular was at his outstanding best, punishing the WI bowlers all over the field, as confidence oozed out of the right-hander's blade.
The century was McCullum's first since November 2010, and scored under tremendous pressure, after accumulating just 85 runs in his last four Test matches.
"He was back to the Brendon of old," Taylor told reporters at University Oval. "The way he went about his innings, he let the ball come and once he got his eye in, he batted very well.
"It's been well documented that he has been under the pump after a lean patch... and it was a very special moment for him."
Taylor, who reached the three-figure landmark a few minutes after McCullum, flicking one to fine-leg for a boundary, was pretty impressed with his teammate's aggressive innings, and feels if the two can carry on from the current unbroken partnership of 182, then a score above 500 is pretty achievable.
"Our jobs are not done yet," Taylor added. "We need to continue on come the morning, and hopefully a score of 500, 550 is realistic."
Where to Watch Live
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