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Australia vs New Zealand 2015: David Warner, Ross Taylor become fifth pair to register 250s in same Test

Ross Taylor was dismissed on 290 on Day 4 of the ongoing 2nd Test.

Ross Taylor is the top-scorer of the 2nd Test so far © Getty Images
Ross Taylor is the top-scorer of the 2nd Test so far © Getty Images

David Warner had slammed 244 on Day One of the second Test between Australia and New Zealand at Western Australian Cricket Ground (WACA), Perth. Warner fell next morning for a 286-ball 253. It seemed all was over for New Zealand, but once Steven Smith declared the innings closed at 559 for 9. New Zealand clawed back into the Test. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor got together to put on 265, the biggest partnership for any wicket for New Zealand against Australia, before Williamson fell for 166. The middle-order batted around Taylor as the Australian bowlers kept on making inroads, but Tim Southee and Trent Boult made sure New Zealand added 70 for the last two wickets and acquired a 65-run lead.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 2nd Test at Perth

Taylor was last out for a 374-ball 290. He hit 43 fours (which meant that 172 of his runs came in boundaries, compared to Warner’s 108). This was the fifth occasion when two batsmen scored 250s in the same Test. The last time this happened was in 2006, when Kumar Sangakkara (287) and Mahela Jayawardene (374) added 624 for the third wicket at SSC. Live cricket updates: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 2nd Test at Perth, Day 4

Highest Second-highest Teams Ground Season
Mahela Jayawardene 374 Kumar Sangakkara 287 SL vs SA SSC 2006
Martin Crowe 299 Aravinda de Silva 267 NZ vs SL Basin Reserve 1990-91
Garry Sobers 365* Conrad Hunte 260 WI vs Pak Sabina Park 1957-58
Bobby Simpson 311 Ken Barrington 256 Eng vs Aus Old Trafford 1964
Ross Taylor 290 David Warner 253 Aus vs NZ WACA 2015-16

On only two of the five occasions mentioned above, nobody had scored a 300. Interestingly, the highest scorers in these matches have been from New Zealand; in fact, Crowe and Taylor are the only New Zealand batsmen to get out in the 290s.

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