New Delhi: New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson mastered Test cricket batting once again after being involved in a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 with BJ Watling, to slam the door on Sri Lanka in the second Test in Wellington on Tuesday.
Williamson's unbeaten 242, with Watling not out 142 rescued New Zealand from disparity and carried them to 524/5, giving New Zealand every chance to pocket the Test match.
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2015
Williamson, who is having a dream run with the bat, scored a ninth Test ton of his career. Tuesday's innings of 242 (not out), saw him post his career's highest score.
Williamson also completed 3000 runs in Test cricket and was the fastest New Zealand cricketer to do so.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 5, 2015
The 24-year-old batsman also became the second youngest New Zealand batsman after Matthew Sinclair to score a Test double ton.
Williamson is having a great time with the bat and has been a dominating force in all formats of the game. He has been instrumental in the on-going series and also enhanced his reputation earlier in the Test and ODIs series against Pakistan, in the UAE, at end of last year.
Fellow New Zealand cricketers Jimmy Neesham and Ross Taylor acknowledged the batting of Williamson and Watling and expressed their views on social micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Unbelievable stuff from Kane and BJ today. Amazing fight. Now for a big push on day 5!
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 6, 2015
Amazing day of test cricket. Congrats to Nos and BJ on there 2 BP's scores and their new world record partnership too. #365
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) January 6, 2015
Wow, what a day for Kane & BJ! We're all feeling proud at HQ today
— Northern Knights (@ndcaknights) January 6, 2015
Williamson alongside Joe Root (England), Virat Kohli (India), Steven Smith (Australia) are touted to be the next big thing for Test cricket. With all the runs they are scoring and with years ahead of them, it is going to be good years ahead for the game.