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[Watch] Kane Williamson's Landmark 100th Test Ends In Disappointment Courtesy Of Josh Hazlewood

Kane Williamson was dismissed lbw in his 100th Test (x.com)Kane Williamson was dismissed lbw in his 100th Test (x.com)

New Zealand's captain, Kane Williamson, found his landmark 100th Test appearance cut short in a brief and anticlimactic stint at the crease during the second Test against Australia at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval.

Williamson, whose bat has spoken volumes in recent times, was expected to weave magic in his centenary match. However, fate had other plans as he was sent back to the pavilion with just 17 runs off 37 balls, much to the dismay of his supporters.

NZ vs AUS: Josh Hazlewood shattered Kane Williamson's 100th Test dreams with LBW

The drama unfolded when Kane Williamson misread a full delivery from Australia's Josh Hazlewood. Attempting to play down the line, he was trapped on the pads, leading to an LBW appeal that the umpire promptly upheld.

In a last-ditch effort to overturn the decision, Williamson called for a review. But, UltraEdge revealed that the bat had not kissed the ball, and Ball Tracking painted a grim picture with three reds, leaving the Kiwi side in a dismal position at 84/5.

Having made his debut back in November 2010, Williamson's journey to his 100th Test has been nothing short of spectacular, amassing 8692 runs, including 32 centuries, six double hundreds, and 33 fifties. He is New Zealand's all-time leading run-scorer in Tests. 

Under his captaincy, New Zealand also clinched the 2021 WTC final, a feather in an already illustrious cap.

Coming to the Test match, Josh Hazlewood was a force to be reckoned with, claiming the scalps of Tom Latham, Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, and Matt Henry as New Zealand folded for 162. 

Mitchell Starc, too, had his moment in the sun, bagging three wickets. In retaliation, Australia concluded Day 1 at 124/4, trailing by 36 runs with Marnus Labuschagne and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon holding the fort.