HAMILTON: Tim Southee found immediate form on his return to Test cricket as New Zealand regained the upper hand over the West Indies on day two of the second Test in Wellington today.
Southee featured in a 61-run stand for the 10th wicket with Trent Boult as New Zealand advanced their overnight 286 for seven to be all out for 373.
The swing bowler then removed Kieran Powell without scoring in his first over as the West Indies reached lunch at 24 for one.
Kraigg Brathwaite was not out 14 with Shimron Hetmyer on 10.
After the quick removal of Powell, caught behind off an inside edge, Southee and Boult delivered four consecutive maidens, using swing and bounce to good effect.
Southee, who missed New Zealand's first Test victory to be with his partner for the birth of their second child, featured in an enterprising last wicket stand with Boult as New Zealand added 87 runs before their innings folded.
The pair batted at better than a run a ball until Southee was out for 31, leaving Boult unbeaten on 37.
The West Indies made a promising start to the day when Kemar Roach removed Neil Wagner with the third ball of the morning, smartly caught one-handed by Shai Hope stretching to his left in the gully.
Tom Blundell, the debutant centurion in the first Test, advanced his overnight 12 to 28 before he played on to Shannon Gabriel leaving Southee and Boult to mount the final charge.
Mixing classic strokes with unorthodox cuts and pulls, Southee faced 39 balls for his 31 and hit two sixes and a four.
Boult had two sixes and five fours in his 37 off 27 deliveries.
Gabriel was the West Indies' most successful bowler with four for 119 while Roach took three for 58.