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 Kane Williamson Equals Steve Smith With 44 International Tons; Rohit Sharma & Root In Danger 

image-lsa0o0m2Kane Williamson scored his 44th international ton [X.com]

Kane Williamson's excellent second consecutive ton in the first Test against South Africa helped him enter a special bracket of international players with most hundreds across formats at the highest level. Among active international men's players, the New Zealand great is now the joint fifth highest century maker. 

With his 31st Test century on Day 3 of the Mount Maunganui Test, Williamson elevated his internationally tally of centuries to 44 and equalised Australian legend Steve Smith on the fifth spot. Smith has 32 Test hundreds and 12 ODI centuries next to his name for the mighty Aussies. 

The ace BlackCaps right-hander also closed in on the joint third-place holders Indian batting giant Rohit Sharma and England stalwart Joe Root, who both stand on 46 international hundreds. While Rohit has made 10, 31 and 5 tons in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively, Root has 30 Test hundreds and 16 One-Day International hundreds to his name. 

Kane Williamson Bags Special Feat

Retired from Tests and ODIs at the height of the Australian summer, T20I specialist and experienced left-hander David Warner in second in the elite club with his tally of 49 centuries, featuring 26 in Tests, 22 in ODIs and a solitary ton in T20Is. 

At the numero uno spot is modern-day legend Virat Kohli with his remarkable 50 One-Day Internationals tons, 29 Test match centuries and a hundred made in T20Is for India. Kohli has an unparallelled tally of 80 centuries at the highest level amongst active players and could be eyeing the overall record of 100 centuries made by his idol Sachin Tendulkar in the next four years. 

Having made a glorious 118 in the first half, Williamson ended 109 off 132 balls in the second innings to stretch New Zealand's daunting lead of 349 runs to an insurmountable 528 by stumps on Day 3 with still six wickets intact for the dominant hosts.