Kane Williamson rates Martin Crowe as the best ever
Williamson equalled Crowe's record with his hundred in the first inning of the 1st Test against England.
Updated - Mar 23, 2018 7:58 pm
Kane Williamson is one of the best batsmen to have played for New Zealand at least in the Test format. The right-handed batsman has been doing a great job the Kiwis at the highest for quite some time now. Today, he brought up yet another Test century and put his team in a commanding position in the game against England before getting out.
Williamson broke the national record
This century was special as Williamson broke the record held by Blackcaps legend Martin Crowe who had 17 Test centuries; the most by any batsman from the country. The skipper admitted that he is unhappy to be dismissed after getting to the triple figures as he wanted to stay unbeaten. “I’d still rather be out there,” Williamson said after the end of the day’s play.
The 27-year-old said that he never focussed on stats and putting his team in an advantageous position is always the priority for him. “I’ve never focused too much on stats, it’s always been about trying to do my best for the team. That’s why today it was frustrating to not still be out there,” the 27-year-old added.
A lot of fans claim that the current Kiwi captain is the greatest Test batsman from the country but he brushed aside these comparisons. He said that he still thinks that Crowe is still the best New Zealand batsman in the history. “best player, batsman certainly, of all time,” Williamson said.
New Zealand in the driver’s seat
The hosts only lost one wicket today and added 54 runs as they were in commanding position at 229 for 4 when rain interrupted and ensured there was no further play possible on the day. The Kiwis already have a lead of 171 runs and they will be hoping to extend that beyond 300 tomorrow which ensure they don’t need to bat again.
On the other hand, England would be hoping to make the use of moisture in the pitch due to rain to restrict New Zealand’s lead and get themselves back in the game.