New Zealand beat West Indies in third Test, win series
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Kane Williamson completed his second half-century of the match to take New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory in the third and final test against West Indies and seal the series 2-0 after lunch on the fourth day on Sunday in Hamilton.
Williamson, who had resumed after the break at Seddon Park on 39, quickly moved through to his 12th test half-century by attacking Veerasammy Permaul and Tino Best before he was bowled by Permaul with six runs required for victory.
The hosts finished on 124-2 with Hamish Rutherford unbeaten on 48 and Ross Taylor on two, having hauled in a meagre target of 122.
Taylor, who scored an unbeaten 217 in the series-opener in Dunedin and 129 in Wellington, shone again in New Zealand's first innings in Hamilton with 131 and was named man of the match.
The 29-year-old right-hander scored 495 runs in five innings, falling just short of Andrew Jones's New Zealand record of 513 runs in a three-match series. Taylor's series average was 247.5.
"I guess my mindset was the biggest thing I worked on," Taylor said of his success. "It's pretty tough to play test cricket when the thing going through your mind is to hit every ball for four.
"I worked on that and it was a very pleasing series for me but to win the series was the main thing."
New Zealand had not beaten a top-eight nation in a series since they beat West Indies 2-0 in 2006. Until their innings and 73-run victory at the Basin Reserve last week, they had not won a test in more than 12 months.
"It was an outstanding test match and outstanding series," New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said. "We were well led with the bat by Ross who showed he is a world class player and he will go down as one of our all-time greats.
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