Taylor plays down lack of handshakes after 290


New Zealand's Ross Taylor has dismissed Australia's controversial failure to shake his hand at the end of his mammoth innings in the second Test at the WACA as "coincidence".

Taylor finally saw his innings brought to an end on day four after 567 minutes at the crease, but only after he had reached 290 - the highest score by a visiting player in Australia - to help New Zealand to 624 all out in response to Australia's 559-9 declared.

Australia's reply was emphatic as captain Steve Smith (131 not out) and Adam Voges (101 not out) posted centuries as the hosts closed on 258-2, a lead of 193, going into the final day.

But Smith and his side came in for heavy criticism from former Australia bowler Dirk Nannes, who - commentating for ABC - hit out at their "horrendous sportsmanship" as Taylor left the field without being congratulated.

However, asked for his opinion on the matter, Taylor said: "When I get out I just walk off the ground as quick as I can. I don't want to stay out there any longer than I have to.

"I got out on the far side of the boundary and they were all congratulating him [sub-fielder Jonathan Wells] and I was walking off as fast I could.

"I'm sure it was a coincidence more than anything."

Voges, whose second Test century came at his home ground, also rejected Nannes' criticism.

"I think, to a man, we all clapped Ross for every milestone that he made" Voges said. "We all clapped. It was an amazing innings.

"And I shook his hand at the end of play today.

"I think the game has been played in wonderful spirit so far."