Kane Williamson nearer to 22nd Test hundred: Arguably New Zealand's finest batsman ever Kane Williamson is just 3 away from scoring his 22nd Test hundred against West Indies in the first Test (NZ vs WI 1st Test) which is in progress at Seddon Park, Hamilton. The Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson with Latham first and Taylor, later on, made sure the home team has truly upfront against the visitors. Meanwhile, the hosts resumed the second day at 3:30 AM IST. He is on the verge of adding another milestone when he steps out to bat tomorrow.
New Zealand finishes Day 1 on 243/2 in 78 overs. Skipper Kane Williamson unbeaten on 97 and Ross Taylor is playing on (31*).
Earlier, West Indies team captain Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bowl first and he might have already started ruing his decision. After losing debutant Will Young early in the inning, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham played out the new ball bravely and then collected runs of the loose balls. West Indies bowlers were not sticking to the line and length consistently and paid a heavy price for the same. Williamson and Lathan put the home side in a commanding position with a 154-run partnership.
Kane Williamson was simply looking a class apart in his stellar knock of 97* off 219 balls with the help of 16 boundaries. His off-check drives and backfoot punches kept the cricket lovers intact with the first Test against the heavy Indies giants.
Williamson's exceptional talent included the rare Non-Asian skills that add him to the Fab 4 along with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root. He is undoubtedly is a class player as he is the most consistent for the Kiwis across all formats.
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Kane Williamson played 80 Tests in which he notched 6476 runs at a healthy average of 51.63, including 21 tons and 32 half-centuries that shows his conversion rate of halves into the triple-figure mark.
In ODIs, Williamson scored 6174 runs with an average of 47.49 and strikes the ball at 81.76. He slams 13 hundred and 39 half-centuries in this format of the game. He is as much equally impressive in the shortest format for his national team as well as the IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).