The only other time this millennium New Zealand asked a side other than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh to follow on, the game ended in a draw after their bowlers could only dismiss four batsmen in 180 overs. The chances of a repeat, New Zealand would believe, were extremely low against a West Indies batting line-up low on confidence in the longer format despite the loss of only two wickets in 49 second-innings overs in Dunedin. West Indies still trail by 228 runs after their first innings folded for 213, with Tim Southee and Trent Boult sharing seven wickets between them.
The pitch at the University Oval had lost its greenish tinge and with the sun out, the conditions seemed best for batting. West Indies, trailing by 542 at the start of the day, couldn't have asked for more.
New Zealand applied all the pressure to get themselves into a powerful situation, leading by 542 runs with eight West Indies first innings wickets left heading into day three of the first Test at the University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday.
Scoring the fourth highest score in their Test history, New Zealand declared at 609-9 leaving Ross Taylor unbeaten on 217, the 13th New Zealander to score a double century. Their best against the West Indies had been 543-3at Georgetown, Guyana in 1972.
WICB statement on television coverage of West Indies v New Zealand series
Tue, Dec 3, '13
St John’s, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board joins with cricket fans in the region in encouraging television companies operating in the Caribbean to secure the television broadcast rights for the ongoing West Indies v New Zealand Test, ODI and T20 series.
While the WICB recognizes that there continues to be a challenging financial climate regionally, cricket fans have been disheartened that they are not able to see the West Indies team play against New Zealand. From the responses there are legions of fans who are desirous of viewing the matches and that represents obvious interest and demand.
Through its broadcast rights deal with TAJ TV the WICB has played a major role in ensuring that when the West Indies team plays at home the television broadcast is provided to CMC free-to-air partner stations so that fans can view the matches live.
Contrary to some misinformation, the WICB does not own or control the broadcast rights for the West Indies v New Zealand series or any series played outside the region. The WICB looks forward to cricket fans being able to view the matches on television with the favourable consideration and intervention of television companies.