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Commanding Black Caps lead pleases Taylor

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/07/2016

Black Caps centurion Ross Taylor has put his side's commanding third-day Test lead against Zimbabwe down to increased positivity with the bat and ball.

Taylor and wicketkeeper BJ Watling finished with a century apiece at Bulawayo, scoring 173 (not out) and 107 respectively as New Zealand declared at 6-576.

Zimbabwe then went on to finish at 5-121 at stumps on day three, with Trent Boult claiming three wickets on a flat pitch.

The 32-year-old Taylor said he and Watling were challenged by the Zimbabwe attack but found a way to score runs in bursts.

His side would have to work hard to snare the remaining five wickets on day four.

"You've still got to respect the bowlers and it wasn't an easy wicket to take the odd risk on, but it was a positive move to declare there," Taylor said.

"We could've easily batted on a little longer but it was nice to get them five down."

Taylor said new skipper Kane Williamson had settled well into life as Test captain and adopted a relaxed approach to play.

"Anytime you play under a new captain there's a slight change," he said.

"Kane's trying to take a little bit of what Brendon (McCullum) had, but obviously put his own stamp on it too.

"It's been great to deal with."

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