Monday, November 16, 2015

Ross Taylor ticks off records during epic 290:::-

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor entered cricket's record books on Monday during the course of his excellent 290 against Australia in Perth, which lifted the visiting team to their highest total against the hosts in a 53-match history dating back to 1946.
Foremost of those was a breaking a record that had stood for almost 112 years, that of the highest individual score by a visiting batsman in Australia. His career-best 290 from 374 balls surpassed England batsman Tip Foster's 287 scored in Sydney in December 1903. Overall, only England great Len Hutton's 364 at Lord's in 1938 stands as the highest score against Australia after Taylor's sublime effort.
Thanks largely to Taylor's incredible innings, New Zealand overtook Australia's first-innings score of 559/9 declared and made 624. It was also the highest total scored against Australia since England made 644 in Sydney during the 2010-11 Ashes. Their previous best versus Australia in Tests was the 553/7 made in Brisbane during the landmark 1985-86 tour which they won 2-0.
It was during that series that Martin Crowe had made an unforgettable 188, the highest score by a New Zealand batsman against Australia until Taylor, on Sunday, surpassed him on the third day of the Perth Test while also becoming the first overseas batsman to score a double-century at the WACA. His partnership of 265 with Kane Williamson (166) was the highest for New Zealand against Australia.
On Monday, Taylor resumed on an overnight 235 not out and progressed to 290. When he fell ten runs short of a maiden triple-century, slog-sweeping Nathan Lyon to deep midwicket where the substitute Jonny Wells held a good sliding catch, it brought an end to an epic effort. Only one New Zealander has made a Test triple-century, the current captain Brendon McCullum, against India last year in Wellington.