Former New Zealand Test skipper Kane Williamson, on Saturday, March 18, scored his 6th double hundred in the Test format. The right-handed batsman achieved the feat in the second game of the ongoing two-match Test series against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Williamson equalled Marvan Atapattu, Virender Sehwag, Javed Miandad, Younis Khan, Ricky Ponting and Javed Miandad in the list of most double hundreds in Test cricket. The record of the most double hundreds in Tests is being held by the Australian legend Don Bradman, who finished his career with 12 Double Hundreds.
Williamson came to bat on Day 1 and was unbeaten on 26 at Stumps. The veteran got to his hundred off 171 balls in the opening session of the second day’s play. Thereafter, he reached his double century off 285 balls.
Williamson was also involved in a partnership of 363 with Henry Nicholls, who also racked up a hundred. The 32-year-old batter also notched his fourth-highest score in Test cricket after 251, 242 not out and 238 against West Indies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
The Tauranga-born batter got out while trying to up the ante in the third and final session of the day’s play. Williamson tried to hit spinner Prabath Jayasuriya down the ground, but holed out to substitute fielder Ramesh Mendis at long on.
Williamson ended up scoring 215 runs off 296 balls with the help of 23 fours and two sixes. The fact that he played at a strike-rate of 72.63 showed how fluent he was during his knock.