Taylor matches Astle century record for NZ

Disappointment at a loss to Zimbabwe dominated Ross Taylor’s thinking after he matched Nathan Astle’s record for New Zealand centuries in all forms of cricket.

Taylor scored an unbeaten 112 in the seven-wicket upset loss at Harare Sports Club, lifting him one behind former opener Astle’s 16 ODI tons.

Both players have now scored 27 international centuries, six clear of former Black Caps great Martin Crowe.

It continues another prolific year for Taylor, whose four centuries in 2015 are the most by a New Zealand batsman in a calendar year.

Taylor’s 1041 runs this year is the second most by any player in the world this year, behind teammate Kane Williamson’s 1134. Another Black Cap, Martin Guptill (991), is fourth on the same list.

Williamson scored 97 on Sunday to power past Roger Twose’s New Zealand calendar year record of 1067, set 15 years ago.

Taylor and Williamson have become a powerhouse combined force, having put on 10 ODI century partnerships, the most by any Kiwi combination.

It didn’t mean much to Taylor, who lamented a rusty start to the series, particularly in the field as Craig Ervine’s unbeaten 130 steered the hosts to a winning chase of 304-3.

“Any time you go 1-0 down in a three-match series you are under pressure and Zimbabwe play very well at home. But we will analyse it and come back better in a couple of days time,” he said.

MOST BLACK CAPS CENTURIES

27 – Ross Taylor (12 Test, 15 ODIS, 0 T20s)

27 – Nathan Astle (11, 16, 0)

21 – Martin Crowe (17, 4, 0)

18 – Brendon McCullum (11, 5, 2)

17 – Kane Williamson (10, 7, 0)

17 – Stephen Fleming (9, 8, 0)

MOST ODI RUNS IN 2015

1134 – Kane Williamson (NZ)

1041 – Ross Taylor (NZ)

1003 – Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

991 – Martin Guptill (NZ)

862 – Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

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