Taylor double-ton lauded by Williamson


Kane Williamson described Ross Taylor's unbeaten double-hundred in the second Test with Australia as "one of the best innings that I have seen".

Taylor progressed to 235 not out at the WACA on Sunday, the highest score by a New Zealand batsman against Australia, and broke another record by sharing 265 with Williamson for the third wicket as the Black Caps moved to 510-6 in response to Australia's 559-9 declared.

The performance of Taylor ensured another wonderful innings from Williamson, which saw New Zealand's number three follow up his century in the first Test with 166, was overshadowed to a degree.

Hailing his team-mate's efforts after stumps were drawn on day three, Williamson said: "The tempo that he [Taylor] batted and the length of time that he has been at the crease has been outstanding.

"I know it is a tough ask but hopefully he can keep going a little bit tomorrow [Monday], build a couple of partnerships. [It] would certainly help us a lot, but certainly an absolutely fantastic innings so far.

"I think it would be one of the best innings that I have seen."

Taylor's runs came at a healthy strike-rate of 76.29, with the aid of 34 boundaries.

"I thought he was really calm out there," added Williamson. "He just went about his work in a reasonably aggressive way and that's when he bats at his best I think.

"To get that momentum in his innings from pretty much the word go - there were certainly some tough periods but he was playing so well. It was such a nice thing."

New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan also hailed Taylor's outstanding knock, during which he moved past 5,000 Test runs.

"You'd have to rank it right up there as one of New Zealand's best Test knocks, with the conditions, with the match situation, you throw all that into the mix and it's one of the best," said McMillan.

"There's still a lot more batting to be done. He can go as long as the concentration stays strong. We want more partnerships from that lower order, guys to hang in with him, bat as long as possible and see what happens from there."