Kane Williamson overtakes Sir Don Bradman to join elite list of Test centurions

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Kane Williamson, Don Bradman


New Zealand star Kane Williamson scored a century on Day 1 of New Zealand’s first Test against SA. With the century, Kane Williamson also surpassed Sir Don Bradman and joined an elite list of trial centurions.

Kane Williamson scored 112 runs off 259 balls on Day 1 of New Zealand’s first Test against South Africa at the Bay Oval Stadium in Mount Maunganui. He hit 15 fours during his innings to justify his first place as a Test batsman in the ICC rankings.

The New Zealand stalwart is unbeaten at the crease and will take the strike on Day 2. After New Zealand lost both their openers cheaply, Williamson displayed another wonderful piece of batting to outclass the Proteas players on home soil.

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Kane Williamson surpasses Don Bradman to join this elite list

Notably, Kane Williamson smashed his 30th Test century during New Zealand’s first Test against South Africa. With the knock, he surpassed Australian legend Don Bradman in total number of Test tons. Bradman hit 29 centuries during his Test career.

Furthermore, the former Kiwi captain also joined the elite list of batsmen with 30 or more centuries in Test format. The 33-year-old is the 16th player to reach 30 centuries in Tests. legends like Sachin TendulkarJaques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Rahul Dravid rule the elite list.

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Kane Williamson, the first New Zealand batsman to reach 30 Test tons

Notably, Kane Williamson is the first New Zealand batsman to reach the 30-ton milestone in Tests. Among active players, Joe Root and Steve Smith are the only batsmen to feature in the league tables. Sachin Tendulkar occupies the highest position with 51 Test tons. Notably, Indian batsman Virat Kohli accounts for 29 Test tons.

Meanwhile, South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first in New Zealand’s first Test against South Africa. Tim Southee leads New Zealand in the match. Neil Mark He is the captain of South Africa. New Zealand lost openers Tom Latham (20) and Devon Conway (1) cheaply in the match.

Later, Kane Williamson (112*) and Rachin Ravindra (118*) shook the field with their unbeaten centuries. Down to the stumps, both New Zealand batsmen took the score to 258-2 in 86 overs. For South Africa, pacers Tshepo Moreki and Dane Paterson bagged 2 wickets each.

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The South Africa vs New Zealand series will witness 2 tests

The New Zealand vs South Africa test series will consist of two games. After the opening match at Mount Maunganui, both teams will meet at Seddon Park in Hamilton for the second match. South Africa’s tour of New Zealand 2024 will witness only two Test matches.

Both teams have played 1 Test series in ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 ​​so far. They won 1 game and lost 1 game each and follow each other in the WTC points table with a winning percentage of 50.0. South Africa He is below all the senior players in the New Zealand vs South Africa test series. They have many unlimited players on their roster.