Kiwi pair shows a ton of courage

Ross Taylor celebrates with Kane Williamson after reaching his century during day three of the second Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.
Ross Taylor celebrates with Kane Williamson after reaching his century during day three of the second Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images. Robert Cianflone

NEW Zealand turned the tables on Australia and continued the run-scoring feast at the WACA, finishing 6-510 at stumps on day three of the second Test.

Ross Taylor was the hero for the Black Caps, finishing unbeaten on 235 and helping his team get close to the hosts' enormous 9-559 (dec).

It was the first time in a Perth Test both teams had scored over 500 in their first innings.

Taylor's effort was the third highest Test score at the ground, behind David Warner's first-innings knock of 253, and Matthew Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.

The 31-year-old also passed 5000 Test runs, and became the first Kiwi to score a double-ton against Australia.

He survived a nervous moment when on 38, getting a thick edge to a Josh Hazlewood delivery but it failed to carry to the slips.

Taylor was on 137 when Mitchell Marsh spilled a sharper catch at gully.

The Black Caps well and truly dominated the day thanks largely to the 265-run partnership between Taylor and Kane Williamson (166).

Williamson now has 365 runs from three innings in this series, the ton in this game his second from as many Tests.

He looked in total control with barely a false stroke - like he did in Brisbane - before holing out to Mitchell Johnson at mid-wicket from a short Hazlewood delivery.

There was some slight joy for the hosts late in the day, with Brendon McCullum (27), BJ Watling (one) and Doug Bracewell (12) dismissed.

Bracewell was Johnson's 311th Test wicket. That saw him overtake Brett Lee into fourth on the all-time Australian wicket- taker list, behind only Shane Warne (708), Glenn McGrath (563) and Dennis Lillee (355).

Fellow paceman Mitchell Starc provided fireworks of a different kind, sending down a delivery clocked at 160.4km/h.

He became the first left-armer to break the 160km/h barrier, which only express quicks Shoaib Akhtar, Shaun Tait, Brett Lee and Jeff Thomson had previously reached.

Starc did have two catches dropped off his bowling, though.

McCullum was five when he attempted to smash a wide ball, with Nathan Lyon fumbling the flying edge at third slip.



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