Ross Taylor makes most of charmed life, scores century
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Ross Taylor was in the best mindset of his life after he scored his 10th Test century and surpassed 4,000 career runs to anchor New Zealand's 307 for six against the West Indies on Wednesday.
Taylor, who scored a career-best 217 not out in the drawn first Test at University Oval in Dunedin, was caught at deep backward point for 129 shortly before the close of the first day's play of the second Test.
His dismissal with 14 balls remaining in the day's play meant New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling (eight) and pace bowler Tim Southee (nine) will resume on Thursday.
Taylor had come to the wicket with New Zealand in deep trouble at 24 for two after being asked to bat on the green Basin Reserve pitch by West Indies captain Darren Sammy.
The 29-year-old, who was dropped on nought, adopted the same approach that took him to his first Test double century last week and patiently worked the ball around to share in important partnerships throughout the day.
"I think I'm in the best mindset that I've ever been in," Taylor told reporters.
"It's probably a little cliched saying 'play in the now' but it's working for me at the moment," he added. "I just try to keep the same tempo the whole time.
"At the start of the day I felt a little bit like Dunedin. But after 20-30 balls, I got to where I wanted to be.
"It was nice to fight that and I suppose that comes with a little bit of experience."
New Zealand could have easily collapsed early when Taylor was dropped by Kirk Edwards at second slip without scoring and with the hosts on 26 for two, but the middle order combined to put on 233 runs to guide their side to a slim advantage.