The 35-year-old has gradually grown in stature in the batting department whereas his flawless glovework has left little room for improvement.
Taylor's special feat in the second innings was the Black Caps' sole silver lining as they crashed to another humiliating defeat.
Nathan Lyon captured five for 50 and 10 match wickets to lead dominant Australia to a crushing 279-run victory over New Zealand
The Australians dismissed the Black Caps for 251 to lead by 203 runs on the first innings before batting a second time
"Labuschagne is another one that will come into the conversation in 12-18 months' time once he's properly established himself," said Ponting
In reply, the Blackcaps grittily batted through the final session without losing a wicket
The rock-solid number three again proved the Black Caps' nemesis with his second ton of the series.
Head coach Gary Stead admitted his side were ‘beaten up by Australia again’ in their 247-run drubbing at Melbourne
Paine said the team was flexible enough to manage things if they whether they dropped a batter or a quick bowler
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