Centuries from Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor saw New Zealand make a strong start on the opening day of the First Test against West Indies at Dunedin.
The pair both made unbeaten tons in a 182-run partnership for the fourth wicket as the Kiwis reached 367 for three at the end of a high scoring day at University Oval.
Home skipper McCullum will resume on 109 after crashing 14 boundaries and three sixes in his rapid century.
That's the hundred for Brendon McCullum, the Otago crowd are on their feet! He's brought it up from 101 balls, super work skip! ^RI— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 3, 2013
Former captain Taylor reached three figures for the ninth time in Test cricket off 150 balls with 13 boundaries.
West Indies won the toss and elected to field but only had the wicket of Hamish Rutherford to show for their morning efforts.
The left-handed opener made a fluent 62 with 10 boundaries and a six before Narsingh Deonarine took a stunning one-handed catch at long-on to remove him off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.
|New Zealand 1st Inns: 367-3 (90 overs)|
|PG Fulton||c Edwards b Sammy||61||228||145|
|HD Rutherford||c Deonarine b Shillingford||62||114||83|
|AJ Redmond||c Samuels b Best||20||41||34|
|LRPL Taylor||not out||103||157|
|BB McCullum*||not out||109||122|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 7, nb 1)||12|
Aaron Redmond's first Test innings in five years saw him make 20 before a leading edge off Tino Best was pouched by Marlon Samuels in the gully.
Peter Fulton made a patient half-century off 118 balls but like his opening partner Rutherford fell shortly before an adjournment as he edged visiting captain Darren Sammy to Kirk Edwards at second slip for 61.
The Black Caps took their lunch score of 100 for one to 194 for three at tea and then Taylor and McCullum scored 173 in the 35-over final session as New Zealand look to regain form in five-day cricket.
21 - New Zealand are winless in 21 Test series against teams other than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh (previous: 2006 v West Indies). Opportunity.— OptaJim (@OptaJim) December 2, 2013
This is the first match in the series between the hosts, ranked eighth in the world, and the men from the Caribbean who are rated sixth.