New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 3rd day

Taylor moves up New Zealand's records charts

Stats highlights form the third day's play between New Zealand and West Indies in Hamilton

Shiva Jayaraman

December 21, 2013

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Ross Taylor admires his pull shot, New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 3rd day, December 21, 2013
Ross Taylor became only the second New Zealand batsman to hit centuries in three consecutive Tests © Getty Images
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  • This was Ross Taylor's third hundred in three Tests against West Indies. He became only the second New Zealand batsman after Mark Burgess to score hundreds in three consecutive Tests. Burgess's hundreds in three consecutive Tests were spread over almost three and half years, from 1969 to 1972. Click here for a list of batsmen who made centuries in three or more consecutive Tests.

  • Taylor has become only the second New Zealand batsman after Andrew Jones to make three hundreds in a Test series. Jones scored three centuries and a fifty in six innings against Sri Lanka in 1990-91.

  • Taylor's 493 runs in this series are the second-highest by a New Zealand batsman in a home series and the joint sixth-highest in any series. Glenn Turner's 672 runs in the West Indies in 1971-72 are the most by a New Zealand batsman in a Test series.

  • Taylor has scored 864 runs at 72.00 from ten Tests this year. He's just seven runs behind John Reid's 871 runs in 1965 - the most runs scored by any New Zealand batsman in a calendar year. Reid's tally though took three Tests and eight innings more than Taylor has taken to score his runs. Among the five instances of New Zealand batsmen scoring 800 or more in a calendar year, three have come from Taylor. He's also the fourth-highest run-scorer in Tests this year.

  • West Indies' top four batsmen collectively scored only 16 runs in their second innings - the ninth-lowest they have ever scored in a Test innings. The last time their top four scored 16 or fewer in an innings was in 2000, when they had three such instances.

  • The 36 wickets that New Zealand's left-arm fast bowlers took in this series was the biggest haul by such bowlers in a series of three or fewer Tests, beating the 30 wickets taken by India's left-arm seamers against Zimbabwe in a two-Test series in 2005, and Sri Lanka's against West Indies in 2001-02. New Zealand's new-ball bowlers have taken 38 wickets from the three Tests in this series. This is their best ever in Tests, beating the 37 wickets they took against the same opposition in 1979-80.

  • BJ Watling added three more catches to the five he took in West Indies' first innings. This was only the fourth instance of a New Zealand wicketkeeper taking eight or more catches in a Test. The five catches he took in the first innings was the 15th instance of a New Zealand wicketkeeper collecting five or more dismissals in an innings. Adam Parore and Brendon McCullum have each collected five or more dismissals four times in an innings.

  • Sunil Narine's career-best figures of 6 for 91 in New Zealand's first innings were the second-best figures by a spinner in Tests in Hamilton and only the third time a spinner has taken a five-wicket haul at this venue. Harbhajan Singh's 6 for 63 in 2009 are the best bowing figures by a spinner at this venue.

  • This year has been the best for West Indies spinners in terms of the number of five-wicket hauls they have taken in Tests. Narine's five-wicket haul is their sixth - in addition to the five taken by Shane Shillingford - in 2013, their highest ever in a year, beating the five they took back in 1950. The 60 wickets that West Indies spinners have taken this year are also the most they have taken in any calendar year. Their previous best in a year was 59 wickets, which they have taken on three separate occasions, the latest being last year.

  • Tim Southee became the 12th New Zealand bowler and tenth fast bowler from the country to take 100 Test wickets when he dismissed Veerasammy Permaul in the second innings. Southee has taken 101 wickets at 31.44 from 29 Tests.

  • West Indies' last three batsmen were all dismissed for ducks in their second innings. This is the first such instance for them since 2001 against Sri Lanka, and their fifth such instance in Tests.

  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul made his 29th hundred in Tests, in West Indies' first innings. Among West Indies batsmen only Brian Lara, with 34, has more hundreds in Tests. Only 11 other Test batsmen have scored more centuries than him.

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Posted by DJRNZ on (December 22, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

totally agree Baxter_P..... So nice to finally have a guy living up to his potential. Though for me Fleming could have been so much more. A brilliant Captain yes but no where near enough tons in the test arena. Should have had at least 20, a real joy to watch but so often out from 50 - 70. For me it is going be great to see if KW will beat the record Rosco is going to set as I am sure they both have what it takes to beat Crowe's records. Though Crowe was technically out best, I used to love watching that guy bat.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

That's a bit disingenuous Barry as the 'non captain' average takes into account his early days when he was finding his feet. If you're looking to compare how he performed during his captaincy to after then the Vettori years are a bit irrelevant.

Posted by Baxter_P on (December 21, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Captaincy debate aside, Taylor's stats are becoming really impressive. He could push that average to 50 in 2014, which would confirm him as truly world class. As a Black Caps fan, it's really nice to have a player of his quality in the middle order (who unlike a few talented NZ batsmen in the recent past has the results to back up his ability). Definitely our best batsman of the past two decades, with only Fleming on a similar level. If one more guy can match his standards our batting would have a very solid look about it (if he's our Martin Crowe, we need an Andrew Jones. If Kane can step up a level in 2014, watch out world!)

Posted by David_1946 on (December 21, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

I believe Taylor is also only the second player to score hundreds in 3 consecutive tests in any series in NZ. The other was Sir Everton Weekes back in 1955/56. Illustrious company indeed!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Honestly, i think Taylor is just continuing to adapting his game. He's getting better an better and it has nothing to do with being captain or not.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

In fact look at his stats captain/non captain. I added today's score in. Captain 1047 @ 49.85 Non Captain 3116 @ 48.00 SO batting average is higher as captain. Scores of 50. 8 in 24 innings as captain. and now 25 in 72 as non captain. Again almost identical

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

very well played taylor. you played like real great player in this series.

Posted by blaketindale on (December 21, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Yeah I don't think the being the captain hindered his batting. 864 in 2013, 819 in 2012, 818 in 2008 and 782 in 2009. Plenty of runs before, after and during his stint as the skipper.

Posted by regofpicton on (December 21, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

That is rather strange I must say. The present party line is that it was NZCricket's generosity in protecting Taylor from the burden of captaincy that has allowed him to score freely. But you say he has scored 800 runs in a calendar year tweice before. Surely that cannot be right . . .

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