Openers John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite batted purposefully for two hours from New Zealand’s seamers to hand West Indies a solid start, after Kane Williamson’s third career double hundred on Friday.
At the close of the second day, West Indies were 49-0, with the left-handed Campbell unbeaten on 22 and Brathwaite on 20, neither providing a chance in 26 overs in the final session at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Campbell has so far faced 68 balls and struck a four and a six – the latter a superbly timed pull off Tim Southee early in his innings. Brathwaite, who entered the game in form with a monumental 246 last week — has hit a single boundary in his 89-ball stay.
Their resolve was all the more important against the backdrop of Williamson’s career-best 251 which propelled the Black Caps to 519-7, before he declared about half-hour after tea.