Taylor surprised by stunning second Test showing


New Zealand's Ross Taylor conceded he was surprised by his turnaround with the bat after the second Test with Australia ended in a draw.

Taylor had scored just 26 runs in the opening Test of the series, which Australia won by 208 runs, and went for a duck in his first innings. 

However, Taylor responded magnificently at the WACA, scoring 290 - the highest total by a visiting batsman in Australia - to guide New Zealand to 624 in reply to the hosts' 559-9 declared in the first innings of the second Test.

His performance was not enough for New Zealand to level the series as Australia declared on 385-7 in the second innings, with play brought to a close on a final day that will be remembered predominantly for being Mitchell Johnson's last in international cricket with New Zealand on 104-2.

The result means New Zealand can only draw the three-match series and Australia retain the Trans-Tasman Trophy.

But there was plenty of reason for Taylor to be upbeat, and he said: "The way I batted in Brisbane I thought it [his performance] was not possible.

"I went back to the basics and played straight. I am back playing after injury and enjoying myself.

"[It's the] innings of my life. Right up there."

Captain Brendon McCullum added: "It was a really good game of cricket. Both teams showed a lot of resolve. Overall the class of the top-order batsmen of both teams showed. We are really happy to have put up a sizeable total."