BLACKCAPS collect a few milestones on their way to 619

The BLACKCAPS batsmen have spent the first two days of the test match against India rewriting the record books:

  • Jesse Ryder's 201 was New Zealand's 15th test double hundred. He is the 11th batsman in New Zealand's 350-test history to reach 200.
  • Ryder's 201 is the highest individual test score made at McLean Park, surpassing the 197 made by West Indies captain Chris Gayle last December.
  • Brendon McCullum's 115 is his first test century scored against a major test playing nation. The others were made against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. It is also his first century on home soil.
  • Ryder and Ross Taylor's 271-run stand is the best by New Zealand for the fourth wicket against all nations, surpassing Matt Horne and Nathan Astle's 243 against Zimbabwe in Auckland in 1997-98.
  • When Ryder reached 150 he joined Taylor (151) in becoming the first New Zealand batsmen to score 150 in the same innings since Scott Styris (170) and Chris Cairns (158) against South Africa in Auckland in 2004.
  • When Taylor reached 116 in his innings of 151 he passed 1000 runs in tests in his 16th test.
  • The BLACKCAPS 619 for nine declared is their third highest innings in tests behind the 671 for four against Sri Lanka at Wellington in 1991 and 630 for six declared against India at Mohali in 2003.


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