Black Caps blown away by Ross Taylor's Hamilton heroics

After his unbeaten 109 steered New Zealand to a four-wicket victory in the first ODI against India in Hamilton, the Black Caps continue to be blown away by the class of batsman Ross Taylor.

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Taylor's match winning century saw the Black Caps take a 1-0 series lead over India. Source: 1 NEWS

Chasing India's mammoth target of 348, Taylor peeled off his 21st One Day International century, finishing not out with 109 from just 84 balls, New Zealand reaching their target with 11 balls to spare.

Already New Zealand's all-time leading run scorer in both Test and ODI cricket, Taylor's innings was hardly a surprise for the rest of the Black Caps.

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However it was his ability to play such a vital role without showing any of the scars from the Black Caps' recent 5-0 Twenty20 series sweep against India that underlined his class at Seddon Park.

"He's obviously an extremely talented batsman," said batting coach Peter Fulton.

"But I think he's pretty strong mentally.

"I know he was disappointed through that T20 series that he wasn't able to win a couple of games for the team. He prides himself on being the guy that comes through in the tough situations."

Having added 62 for the third wicket, opening batsman Henry Nicholls had one of the best seats in the house during Taylor's innings, able to watch from the other end.

"He's great," Nicholls said.

"Having someone like that at number four, and with Kane [Williamson] not being there as well.

"The experience he brings, obviously the runs, but also just batting in the middle with him, having those comms around the dimensions of the ground.

"It was his 10th hundred at Seddon Park, so he certainly likes it there.

"It was great to have someone like that, also him being there at the end to be not out and win that game."

At the age of 35, Taylor's career definitely has more yesterdays than tomorrows. However Fulton insists that Taylor can continue to contribute for the Black Caps for as long as he's willing.

Taylor himself even tentatively setting himself the target of the 2023 World Cup in India, by which time he'll be 39.

"He can probably keep going as long as he wants, it's up to him really.

"He keeps churning out the runs, and like I said he's pretty strong mentally.

"If he wants to keep going, it'll be up to him when he finishes, not anyone else."