Kane Williamson Equals Pakistan Great In 'This' Unique Test Centuries Record 

image-lsoeiu28Kane Williamson celebrating his century vs SA (x.com)

Kane Williamson tonked a chanceless ton against South Africa on Day 4 of their series-deciding second Test match at Hamilton’s Seddon Park. After arriving to the crease following the dismissal of well-set opener Devon Conway, the New Zealand batting veteran conjured crafty partnerships with Rachin Ravindra and Will Young to take his side past the finishing line with seven wickets to spare.

In all, Williamson ended up listing an undefeated 133 from 260 balls as New Zealand took home their two-match series with a 2-0 margin.

Apart from bagging the ‘Player of the Series’ award after the conclusion of the Hamilton Test, the 33-year-old also attained a huge format record to join a gallery of greats, featuring former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Ricky Ponting and Younis Khan.

Kane Williamson now holds this Test record

While Kane Williamson defeated Steve Smith to become the fastest batsman in the world to get to 32 Test hundreds (172 innings) through his match-winning masterclass against South Africa, he also became the joint-highest fourth innings century-maker, equaling with former Pakistan captain Younis Khan.

Both Williamson and Khan now hold five centuries each in their respective fourth-innings careers. However, the ‘Black Caps’ veteran achieved the feat in just 26 innings as opposed to Khan’s 40 innings.

Through his 133-run knock against South Africa, Williamson also went past the overall fourth-innings century tally of legendary Indian batter Sunil Gavaskar, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and West Indies great Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Here is a look at an updated list of Test cricket’s highest fourth-innings century-makers courtesy of Kane Williamson’s Hamilton heroics:

  • Kane Williamson (NZ) - 5 centuries (26 innings)
  • Younis Khan (PAK) - 5 centuries (40 innings)
  • Sunil Gavaskar (IND) - 4 centuries (33 innings)
  • Ricky Ponting (AUS) - 4 centuries (43 innings)
  • Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI) - 4 centuries (36 innings)

Kane Williamson can further enhance his record as he is currently slated to take field for his country in their upcoming two-match Test series against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia. The two antipodean nations will be facing each other first-up at Wellington’s Basin Reserve from February 29 onwards.