Ross Taylor becomes second New Zealand batsman to score 7000 Test runs

Ross Houston
December 3, 2019

Taylor has represented New Zealand in 96 Test matches so far in which he has amassed 7,022 runs, including 19 centuries and 32 fifties.

Despite the errors, Root saw the improved England performance between the two Tests as "very pleasing" ahead of a four-Test tour of South Africa.

The Black Caps' have sealed a series-securing draw in the second Test against England in Hamilton after play was abandoned on the fifth day. Resuming from their overnight score of 96/2, an unbeaten 213-run partnership for the third wicket between Williamson (104 not out) and veteran batsman Ross Taylor (105 not out) ensured a draw for New Zealand.

Camera IconThe unlucky bowler, Jofra Archer, was in absolute disbelief after Joe Denly put Kane Williamson down.

The hosts hold a 110-run lead and barring an almighty collapse and a quick run chase, or a fearless declaration and a batting capitulation, the series will go to New Zealand following their innings win in the first Test.

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Williamson gently chipped a slower delivery from Jofra Archer straight to Denly at short midwicket and, as the bowler leapt in celebration and Williamson made an apologetic gesture to Taylor, the ball popped out of Denly's hands. In the process, he ended up giving a reprieve to none other than New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Williamson had a third life when he could have been run out on 97 but Sam Curran's throw missed the stumps with NZ's skipper having given up hope of making his ground.

No sooner had Taylor (105no) reached his hundred with back-to-back sixes off Joe Root, the heavens opened and with no prospect of a resumption two hours later, the match was eventually confirmed as a draw. Joe Root did indulge in a desperate review when Williamson failed to connect his pull and the ball landed in Pope's gloves.

Archer had already started celebrating, only to see Denly inexplicably drop the ball.

They will head to Perth on Saturday to play a three-test series against Australia, starting with a day-night pink-ball test at Optus Stadium in Perth, starting on December 12.

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