Kane Williamson highlighted his ranking as the world’s best batsman with biennial experts on a landmark Tuesday when New Zealand took control of a second Test against Pakistan.
Amidst downpours at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, Williamson was classic, clocking in nine hours 33 minutes on 238 minutes and leading New Zealand to an impressive 659 for six, who should lead Pakistan with 362.
On stump, the tourist was already struggling for one in eight when Kyle Jamieson extended his five weeks on the first track, knocking out Shan Masood for a duck.
If New Zealand wins the Test, it will confirm its world number one ranking for the first time – to continue to promote Williamson as a number one hitter – and to keep his chances of the World Test Championship finals alive.
It was a relentless feat by Williamson, who is only the second New Zealander after Brendan McCallum to score four doubles centuries.
After the first two stops of the rain, he was supposed to get the first ball in 177, but like Tess, his chances were many times less – this time Azhar Ali was dismissed by Henry Nichols earlier in the century.
Kane Williamson and Nichols continued the innings after New Zealand was reduced by three to 71 on the second day on Monday.
When Nichols scored for 157 this afternoon, it was 369, New Zealand’s third-best partnership of all time and a four-door record.
The day went by with New Zealand 286 for three or eleven bowling alleys with cloudy clouds and balls that were only five years old.
But for every plan Pakistan plots to fire Kane Williamson, he has an answer – with a string of silk elements for powerful equipment.
Along the way, he followed Ross Taylor and Stephen Fleming, becoming the third New Zealander to cross 7,000 tracks.
Williamson had three shots from the tee when he picked up a short ball from Fahim Ashraf and was caught by Masood.
For four rounds of last month’s three Tests, Kane Williamson scored 251, 129, 21 and 238.
Nichols, who dropped to 92 and 133, hampered by a calf strain that kept him struggling between goals.
But he still managed to attack as he reached his limit of 48 of 68 turns on the third day before throwing a short ball at Mohammad Abbas and getting caught in his soft legs.
Daryl Mitchell drew 102 balls from 112, with Williamson holding off on the explanation until the first century wagon released.