Ross Taylor's first Test double-century cemented New Zealand's position of strength as they dominated Day 2 of the First Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.
His unbeaten 217 was at the heart of the Black Cap's 609 for nine wickets declared—a score which allowed them to put the West Indies in for 24 overs before stumps.
They struck early as well to leave the tourists 67 for two at the end of the day.
The plaudits will go to Taylor, however.
Before Ross Taylor, BMcCullum 225 v Ind Hyderabad 2010 was the last to hit a 200 for NZ & KP 226 at Leeds 2007 was the last to hit 200 v WI.— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) December 4, 2013
Taylor's score far eclipsed his previous Test best of 154 not out, and it represented his ninth century in his 51st Test.
Having batted so well with Brendon McCullum on Day 1, he lost his captain early on the second morning when McCullum missed one from Sammy, and Corey Anderson fell soon afterwards for a duck.
But he found support from the lower order, mainly through wicket keeper BJ Watling, who compiled 41, and the last two batsmen called upon, Ish Sodhi (35) and Neil Wagner (37). Together it made for a historical score against the Caribbean side.
#WIvNZ: New Zealand reach 600 for just fourth time in Test cricket -- and just the first time against the West Indies. NZ 604/8 (152 ov)— westindies (@westindies) December 4, 2013
Having spent five sessions in the field the West Indies openers made a dreadful start to the response.
Kirk Edwards lasted seven balls without scoring before he nicked off to the slips off the bowling of Trent Boult. Kieran Powell fared little better, a tentative prod to Tim Southee costing him his wicket.
It was left to Darren Bravo (37) and Marlon Samuels (14) to see the tourists safely through to stumps. That they managed, but there will be far more to do in the remaining three days if they are to deny New Zealand victory.
|1st Test: New Zealand v West Indies at Dunedin|
|NZ 1st Inns: 609-9 dec (153.1 overs)|
|PG Fulton||c Edwards b Sammy||61||226||145|
|HD Rutherford||c Deonarine b Shillingford||62||114||83|
|AJ Redmond||c Samuels b Best||20||41||34|
|LRPL Taylor||not out||217||491||319|
|BB McCullum*||b Sammy||113||176||134|
|CJ Anderson||c †Ramdin b Best||0||17||14|
|BJ Watling†||c Edwards b Best||41||105||84|
|TG Southee||c Bravo b Deonarine||2||4||4|
|IS Sodhi||c & b Deonarine||35||72||63|
|N Wagner||run out (Bravo/Best)||37||46||40|
|Extras||(b 10, lb 10, nb 1)||21|
|WI 1st Inns: 67-2 (24 overs)|
|KA Edwards||c Fulton b Boult||0||7|
|KOA Powell||c †Watling b Southee||7||30|
|DM Bravo||not out||37||64|
|MN Samuels||not out||14||44|
|Extras||(lb 8, nb 1)||9|