Ross Taylor breaks an 112-year-old record as he scores 290
Ross Taylor has achieved a new feat in international cricket by scoring the highest ever Test total on Australian soil as an overseas player.
Ross Taylor missed his first triple hundred by 10 runs as Nathan Lyon took his wicket. However, Taylor surpassed Reginald ‘Tip’ Foster’s 112-year-old 287 runs knock at Sydney Cricket Ground in December 1903.
It was the 31-year-old’s first century in two years. Taylor also broke the highest individual score by a Kiwi batsman on foreign soil. Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has scored 274 against Sri Lanka at P.Sara Oval in 2003.
Taylor batted for 567 minutes, faced 374 balls and hit 43 fours- the most boundaries hit in a Test innings in Australia.
Taylor has begun the fourth day morning on 235. After batting throughout day three in a record breaking 265 run partnership with Kane Williamson, who scored 166. Williamson ushered praise on his partner after the end third day’s play.
“I think it would be one of the best innings that I have seen,” Williamson said. “The tempo that he batted and the length of time that he has been at the crease has been outstanding and moving our teams position forward.
“I know it is a tough ask but hopefully he can keep going a little bit tomorrow, building a couple of partnerships would certainly help us a lot, but certainly (it’s) an absolutely fantastic innings so far.
“I thought he was really calm out there. He just went about his work in a reasonably aggressive way and that’s when he bats at his best.
“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.”
New Zealand had signed off the day three 510 for 6. On the fourth day morning, Taylor got good support from tails, particularly from Tim Southee and Trent Boult, who scored 21 and 23 respectively. He built a 43 and 37 runs partnership with the duo that helped Australia to get 65 runs first innings lead as New Zealand have posted 624 on board.