Have always thought about being in elite company, says Kane Williamson after landmark achievement
New Zealand vs England: Kane Williamson became the leading top-scorer in the history of NZ’s Test cricket with his century in the 2nd Test match vs England.
Kane Williamson hits a shot against England. (AP Photo)
By India Today Sports Desk: Kane Williamson became New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket and continued to marshal his team’s resistance Monday, Day 4 of the second match against England. Williamson surpassed his former teammate Ross Taylor as the best ever in NZ cricket in a do-or-die battle for the team.
Williamson’s century helped New Zealand get to 483 runs in the second innings of the game after being followed on by captain Ben Stokes. NZ, set a target of 258 runs in the second Test match after getting bundled out for 209 runs in the first innings.
Speaking after the end of day’s play, Williason reflected on his journey and said that he had always dreamt to be in elite company.
“You know it’s not something I’ve sort of thought a whole lot about, but you know, it is an honour,” Williamson said after Day 4.
“You know, I looked at that list and admired all of those players, you know, over the years, whether that’s watching from a far growing up or playing alongside a number of them as well. So yeah, like I say, it’s not a focus point but, yeah, special to, to be amongst that company,” Williamson spoke about his feat.
Williamson nudged a ball down the leg side into the hands of the England keeper, becoming the maiden victim of Harry Brook, who has been making a name for himself in batting circles of the world. The batter said that it was frustrating, but that is just cricket and he had to accept the fate.
“No, I didn’t. Yeah, it’s one of those things, isn’t it? Cricket! Frustrating, obviously, but you know, having said that, so many contributions throughout, so many partnerships, to get to that stage clearly would have been nice to get a few more. But we have the ball in hand now and opportunity tomorrow. So an exciting day ahead,” Williamson said after the end of day’s play.
NZ still have 210 runs to defend from the final day of the game. England have 9 wickets in hand and have scored 48 runs in 11 overs.