Hamilton: Kane Williamson completed his second half-century of the match to take New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory in the third and final Test against West Indies and seal the series 2-0 after lunch on the fourth day on Sunday in Hamilton.
Williamson, who had resumed after the break at Seddon Park on 39, quickly moved through to his 12th Test half-century by attacking Veerasammy Permaul and Tino Best before he was bowled by Permaul with six runs required for victory.
The hosts finished on 124 for two with Hamish Rutherford unbeaten on 48 and Ross Taylor on two, having hauled in a meagre target of 122.
Taylor, who scored an unbeaten 217 in the series-opener in Dunedin and 129 in Wellington, shone again in New Zealand’s first innings in Hamilton with 131 and was named Man of the Match.
The 29-year-old right-hander scored 495 runs in five innings, falling just short of Andrew Jones’ New Zealand record of 513 runs in a three-match series. Taylor's series average was 247.5.
But captain Darren Sammy warned on Sunday that players’ careers are on the line after his side slumped to a demoralising series defeat.
“We definitely cannot continue like this,” an exasperated Sammy said.
“A lot of tough decisions have to be made. Probably some careers are on the line. Could be mine as well,” said Sammy.