Dunedin - New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor tamed the toothless
West Indies attack on the opening day of the first Test on Tuesday, both
scoring centuries as the home side reached an imposing 367 for three.
close of play McCullum was 109 not out off just 122 balls, with Taylor
unbeaten on 103. Hamish Rutherford (62) and Peter Fulton (61) earlier
chipped in with half centuries on a dispiriting day for the tourists.
Zealand lost the toss but quickly made the West Indies attack look
ordinary despite a green-tinged wicket and cloud cover for much of the
The cloud cleared at tea, when New Zealand were 194-3, and in
the bright sunshine of the final session Taylor and McCullum produced a
ruthless display of power batting to press home their advantage.
Zealand's senior batsmen added a further 173 runs in the final session,
heaping more misery on the tired West Indies attack,ending the day with
an unbeaten partnership worth 182.
Captain McCullum, who made no
secret of his wish to bowl first, was at his aggressive best, bringing
up the 300 with a mighty six when he pulled Shannon Gabriel over square
The innings was a personal boost for McCullum, who has been
suffering from a severe back injury that requires him to use painkillers
to take the field.
It was his seventh Test century and ended a
slump that has affected his game since he notched a personal best of 225
against India three years ago.
Taylor, who brought up his ninth
century, had one close encounter when on two, rapped on the gloves
trying to fend off a Tino Best delivery, with the ball ballooning just
over the outstreched arms of second and third slips.
From there he
was more circumspect and his 103 came off 157 deliveries, including 13
fours. McCullum has hit 14 fours and three sixes.
Fulton produced a 95-run opening stand for New Zealand that ended just
before lunch when Rutherford was caught one-handed on the boundary by a
leaping Narsingh Deonarine off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.
It was an aggressive innings by Rutherford, who had dispatched Shillingford for a six and four in the bowler's previous over.
Fulton was more sedate initially, but scored three fours in quick succession to reach his half-century.
when he reached 61, a lapse of concentration saw him jab at a Darren
Sammy delivery and Kirk Edwards took a regulation catch at second slip.
Redmond, back in the side after a five-year absence, was the one other
wicket to fall. He reached 20 before an attempt to turn Best down the
leg side turned into a leading edge claimed by Marlon Samuels in the
Shillingford, allowed to play while waiting for the result
of tests on the legality of his bowling action after he was reported by
the International Cricket Council, finished the day with figures of one
for 88 off 28 overs.
Sammy returned figures of 1-68 and Best, who
just failed to reach a caught-and-bowled chance off McCullum late in the
day, took 1-87.