Latham unbeaten on 264 as New Zealand dismissed for 578

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Wellington (AFP)

New Zealand were all out for 578 against Sri Lanka Monday, with opener Tom Latham hitting an unbeaten 264 to put them in control of the first Test in Wellington.

Latham left the Basin Reserve to a standing ovation after carrying his bat and helping New Zealand to a commanding first-innings lead of 296.

It was the sixth best Test score by a New Zealander and the highest this year by a batsman from any nation.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson also hit a sparkling 91, with Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls both reaching 50.

Lahiru Kumara was the pick of a Sri Lanka attack that struggled on a flat wicket, taking four for 127.