"We had some good nights with Hogan (Crowe) over some red wine. Talking about my batting, and lot of it probably not positive. It came from a good place and I guess that's why I'm here today," he said. "Martin always got me to have goals and they weren't there to be the be all and end all but be just a little reminder now and then."
New Zealand take two quick wickets late on Day 3 to leave West Indies 30/2 chasing 444, after Ross Taylor's 17th Test century guided New Zealand to 291/8 declared.https://t.co/8ribiHYDbO #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/xFPIEFsAnv— ICC (@ICC) December 11, 2017
"I said 'Let's make it pay'. Sometimes you go through different parts of your career and you go 'Dammit' and you go through a bit of a lull, and that was the first thing I said to myself when it happened. Very fortunate," he said. "I did hit it pretty hard though. Sometimes when you get dropped you say 'Oh no' but I was trying to convince myself I hit that pretty hard." Miguel Cummins led a feisty West Indies bowling attack, at times reminiscent of an earlier era when they had bowlers with serious venom. The only other New Zealander to pass 50 was Williamson who managed 56 before he was undone by Cummins yorker. But most of the New Zealand batsmen were hurried up by a salvo of short balls. "A lot of the batters coming in were under pressure straight away, which is never easy as a batsman," said Taylor, who had partnerships of 58 with Williamson, 50 with Mitchell Santner (26) and 51 with Colin de Grandhomme (22).
Ross Taylor's hundred helps New Zealand to give West Indies a formidable target in the 2nd Test. #NZvWI— Circle of Cricket (@circleofcricket) December 11, 2017
NZ 373 & 291/8 (Taylor 107)
WI 221 & 30/2
West Indies need 414 more runs to win
STUMPS, DAY 3 pic.twitter.com/nq5zfEMdKQ