Williamson was born to bat - Taylor

Ross Taylor said he believes Kane Williamson was "born to bat" after the New Zealand captain made history on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe.

The 25-year-old Williamson became the youngest batsman to score a century against every Test playing nation when he converted his overnight score of 95 by hitting Donald Tiripano for four.

Taylor batted through two sessions for 124 runs before the Black Caps declared on 582-4 at tea and the unbeaten batsman hailed his skipper's latest slice of history.

"He's a pretty quiet lad, he doesn't read much from the papers I don't think, he's just born to bat - and captain," Taylor said.

"It just shows you how consistent he is against all opposition in all conditions.

"To be the youngest to do so, it just shows you what a class act he is. He's an old 26-year-old, isn't he?"

It was a special day for Taylor too, as he passed the late Martin Crowe to become New Zealand's third highest Test run scorer.

"I don't really look at the scoreboard when I'm batting," said Taylor. "But I heard the applause so I looked up to see where I was at.

"There were a couple from our media people [applauding] so I thought I must have been pretty close."

Zimbabwe closed on 55-0 after 30 overs and wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who made a sparkling 83, insisted his team have a lot of work to clinch a 2-0 series triumph.

"I think it was more important to give ourselves the time to bowl," said Watling. "We had enough runs on the board and we knew it was going to be hard work to take 20 wickets.

"We're going to come up with some plans overnight and hopefully come out and pick up a few wickets early tomorrow. The wicket is lower and slower than it was in the first Test. We're going to have to play the long game."

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