Kane Williamson equals Steven Smith's record after heroics in 1st Test vs South Africa

Kane Williamson scores his 25th Test ton in the 1st Test against South Africa at the Bay Oval. Kiwi batter equals Australia's Steven Smith's record in international cricket as well.

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The first Test between New Zealand and South Africa is still in control of the hosts where the South Africa batters were finally bundled out for just 162 runs in the 2nd innings. The Kiwis are currently on 179-4 and have a massive lead of 528 making their winning chances even better. The South African batters were playing like typical inexperienced players in the international scenario where none of the batters looked like scoring any runs in the middle. There were only a few batters who managed to get starts but failed to play the required big innings that were needed to get back in the match. With a target above 500 already coming up it is safe to say the proteas can only possibly drag out a draw in the match.

This is turning out to be a one-sided affair with the home team taking control of the game straight away and looking good to win this fixture against a young and inexperienced South African team who have looked really underwhelming in the game. Even though Rachin Ravindra will get praised for his double hundred in the 1st innings, we cannot forget the contribution of Kane Williamson, who has scored centuries in both the innings. Williamson was also making a comeback after being injured for some time as well. The Kiwi batter is looking to be having the form of his life where he is back to scoring big runs for his team.

Williamson equals smudges record

The most centuries out of the current batters without a doubt belongs to Virat Kohli who has 80 centuries to his name. Though Williamson is far away from that milestone he has recently jumped to the top 5 most international centuries. Williamson after bringing up his 25th Test century in the 2nd innings has gone up to 44 international centuries and is levelled with Australia's legendary batter Steven Smith. This puts Williamson as one of the greatest Kiwi batters to ever grace the field and he is only going from strength to strength. The 33-year-old batter has been a rock-solid performer for the black caps in all three formats in his decorated 14-year career.

With this performance, it is fair to say that Williamson has proved that he deserves to be in the fabulous four in Test matches. Williamson has had a great record in his Test career with over 8000 runs in his 97 games at an average of over 55. He will surely go down as one of the greatest batters known for his elegant shot play and consistent run-scoring ability. This series has been a real display of batting in Test cricket which we barely see by any current batter in the New Zealand setup. The greats of the game like Kane will always be one of the most dependable batters for any team he plays for.

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