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NZ vs PAK: Williamson smashes 23rd Test ton, equals Fleming’s record of most fifty-plus scores

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored his 23rd hundred in Test cricket against Pakistan at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

In the process, the 30-year-old equalled Stephen Fleming’s all-time record of most fifty-plus scores (55) for the Kiwis in the longest format of the game.

The right-handed batsman achieved the feat during the ongoing Boxing Day Test after he had registered his 33rd Test half-century which was later converted to a ton. 

Interestingly, this is Williamson’s second consecutive Test century following his 251 in Hamilton against West Indies.

However, Williamson is still 15 fifties away from topping the half-centuries list for New Zealand as former skipper Fleming has 46 to his name while Williamson has 32.

The New Zealand skipper has now equalled Steve Smith, Ken Barrington, Greg Chappell, Gary Kirsten, Graham Thorpe, Virender Sehwag and Michael Clarke, in the all-time list standing in the 37th position.  

Meanwhile, Williamson was dismissed for 129 by Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the Kiwis posted 431 in their first innings on day 2 of the first Test.

Feature image courtesy: Twitter/BLACKCAPS

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