New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored his 23rd hundred in Test cricket against Pakistan at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
💯 for Kane Williamson 🎉— ICC (@ICC) December 26, 2020
The New Zealand captain goes to his 23rd Test century with a crisp cover drive for four👏
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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.
They’re on their feet at @BayOvalOfficial as one of their favourite son’s Kane Williamson brings up Test 💯 #23 and his 2nd in a row - following his 251 in Hamilton.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 26, 2020
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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.
With 250 against the Windies in Hamilton, 129 against Pakistan today at Bay Oval, is there any batsmen in the world in better form than Kane Williamson?— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) December 27, 2020
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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.
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