New Zealand star batsman Kane Williamson achieved the first achievement of his career by scoring his 31st Test century |Test ranking: In the interesting Test match going on between New Zealand and South Africa, Kiwi batsman Kane Williamson played a brilliant innings against South Africa on Tuesday and scored his 31st Test century by scoring 109 runs and during this he achieved a rare first achievement in his career.

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Kane Williamson’s century and Ranking

This was the first time Williamson had scored two centuries in the same Test match, with the world No. 1 ranked Test batsman continuing his excellent recent form by adding 118 runs in the first innings and reaching triple figures once again.

The feat of scoring a century in both innings of a Test has now been achieved on 92 occasions in the history of Test cricket, with Williamson becoming the fifth New Zealand player to do so after Glenn Turner (1974), Geoff Howarth (1978). Peter Fulton (2013) and Andrew Jones (1991).

PosTeamPlayerRatingCareer Best Rating
1New ZealandKane Williamson864919 (vs Pakistan at Christchurch 2021)
2EnglandJoe Root832923 (vs India at Edgbaston 2022)
3AustraliaSteve Smith818947 (vs South Africa at Durban 2018)
4New ZealandDaryl Mitchell786804 (vs Bangladesh at Sylhet 2023)
5PakistanBabar Azam768882 (vs New Zealand at Karachi 2022)
6IndiaVirat Kohli767937 (vs England at Southampton 2018)
7AustraliaUsman Khawaja765847 (vs England at Lord’s 2023)
8EnglandHarry Brook765773 (vs Australia at The Oval 2023)
9Sri LankaDimuth Karunaratne747783 (vs Ireland at Galle 2023)
10AustraliaMarnus Labuschagne746937 (vs West Indies at Adelaide 2022)
11AustraliaTravis Head741884 (vs India at The Oval 2023)

Williamson’s 31st Test century means the right-handed batsman owns the 13th overall spot on the list of Test centuries, with Australia’s Steve Smith (32 Test centuries) the only current player ahead of him.

Williamson’s heroics at Mount Maunganui capped another dominant day for New Zealand as the hosts reached 179/4 at stumps and a total lead of 528 runs with two days remaining.

New Zealand score

In response to New Zealand’s mammoth first innings score of 511, South Africa began the third day in a precarious position at 80/4 and Matt Henry (3/31) took wickets in successive balls at the start of the first session to give the home team a lead. Kept firmly under control.

Keegan Pietersen (45) fought hard for South Africa and gave a glimmer of hope for the tourists, but Mitchell Santner (3/34) and first-innings double-centurion Rachin Ravindra (2/16) bowled well to ensure that the Proteas were thrown out. Only 162.

While South Africa bowled well at times during New Zealand’s second innings, Williamson’s calm demeanor ensured the hosts were in the box seat for victory on the fourth day of the first Test on Wednesday.

NZvs SA Test Match Scorecard: –

NZ 1ST INNINGS: – 511 (144.0 overs)

SA 1ST INNINGS: – 162 (72.5 overs)

NZ 2ND INNINGS: – 179/4 (43.0 overs)

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