McMillan praises Taylor patience

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New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan praised what little cricket was managed by his players on day one of the second Test with Pakistan.

The hosts ended Friday's play in Hamilton 77-2 after just 21 overs were managed before rain curtailed the action.

Newcomer Jeet Raval was unbeaten on 35 at the close, having been dropped in the first over of the day, with Ross Taylor - 29 not out from 20 balls, including six fours - a potent partner at the other end.

Tom Latham had fallen first ball in the first over after Raval was dropped, but McMillan praised the incumbent batsmen's response to the wicket of captain Kane Williamson for 13.

"It was favourable conditions for the bowlers, so I thought the way we played took the wind out of their sails to be fair," McMillan said. 

"We were very positive and decisive in that first session. I thought our guys - especially Ross Taylor - were pretty harsh on any width that was offered up, and he made the most of it.

"I thought Ross moved really well. Even the first ball that he left - sometimes he doesn't like leaving the ball. I thought his decision-making was excellent.

"Sometimes he got some short wide ones. We know how well he enjoys playing the cut shot, so it was perfect really."