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In my best mindset ever: Ross

Wellington: New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said he is in his best mindset ever following another century against the West Indies on Wednesday, one year after being dumped as captain.

Taylor turned around a woeful start by New Zealand in the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington as he posted 129 following an unbeaten 217 in the first Test last week.

When asked whether he was in the best form of his life, Taylor said, “I’m in the best mindset I’ve ever been in”.

He was dropped in the slips by Kirk Edwards before getting off the mark, but went on to occupy the crease for more than five hours.

“A bit of luck early on in the innings is always nice, and I thought it was there to hit,” he said.

“After 20 30 balls, I got to where I wanted to be (mentally).”

Taylor said a score of 307 for six on a bowler’s wicket had set New Zealand up and if they can reach around 400 it “will put the West Indies under some pressure” in conditions ripe for the New Zealand pace attack.

Earlier, with help from the West Indies bowlers who failed to cash in on the green wicket after reducing New Zealand to 24 for two, Taylor provided the backbone to an innings that recovered to 307 for six at stumps.