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Ross Taylor surpasses Stephen Fleming, becomes New Zealand's top Test run-scorer
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Ross Taylor surpasses Stephen Fleming, becomes New Zealand's top Test run-scorer

Ross Taylor has climbed to the top of New Zealand's run charts in Test cricket after overtaking former skipper Stephen Fleming on the fourth day of the third Test against Australia.

Taylor's special feat in the second innings was the Black Caps' sole silver lining as they crashed to another humiliating defeat.

New Zealand were dismissed for 136 in pursuit of the improbable 416-run target to hand a 3-0 series sweep to Australia, who have strengthened their second spot in the World Test Championship table.

Taylor broke the record with a loft down the ground off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, which fetched him three runs.

However, he got out three balls after his record-breaking shot, failing to add more runs to his paltry contribution of 22.

Taylor was unable to cope with a sizzling Pat Cummins delivery that clattered the stumps reducing the visitors to a perilous 38-5.

The senior middle-order batter, who will soon become the fourth New Zealander to feature in 100 Tests, is also the leading run-getter for his country in the ODI format.

Among active New Zealand cricketers, captain Kane Williamson is the closest to Taylor on the list with a tally of 6,379 runs compared to the latter's grand sum of 7,174 runs.