New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd Test – Statistical Highlights

Stats and records of the New Zealand vs South Africa Test series.

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Faf du Plessis (L) and Quinton de Kock (R) of South Africa leave the field at the end of play during day four of the third Test cricket match between New Zealand and South Africa at Seddon Park in Hamilton on March 28, 2017. (Photo credit MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Rain on the final day of the final Test denied New Zealand a rare chance to defeat South Africa in a Test match and level the series as well. New Zealand had South Africa 5 down for 80 runs in the second innings after taking a 175-run first innings lead at the end of day 4 and were favourites to win the Test before rain killed their hopes. Here we look at all the records and stats created during the match.

1 – For the first time in Test cricket, New Zealand’s top 3 scores fifties in the same innings at home and the first time vs South Africa. Jeet Raval, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson scored fifties in NZ’s first innings of this game.

5 – Number of 150+ scores Kane Williamson has scored in Test cricket, joint 2nd most for a New Zealand player in Test cricket. Only Brendon McCullum (6) has more than 5 scores of 150+ among New Zealanders in this format.

6 – Number of consecutive Test series’ in which South Africa have defeated New Zealand since 2006. New Zealand managed to draw the series at home in 2004.

7 – Number of fifty-plus scores Quinton de Kock has scored in 2016/17 season in Test cricket batting at no.7 or lower, the joint most for any player in a season. Adam Gilchrist too scored 7 fifty-plus scores in 2004/05 season at No.7 or lower position.

16 – Number of consecutive Tests New Zealand has played against South Africa without a win. Their last Test win vs South Africa came in 2004 at Auckland.

17 – Number of centuries Kane Williamson has scored in Test cricket, joint most by a New Zealand player in this format. Martin Crowe too scored 17 Test hundreds for New Zealand.

74 – Matches taken by Morne Morkel for completing 250 Test wickets. He is the 4th slowest to the milestone. Only Jacques Kallis (127), Daniel Vettori (81) and Chaminda Vass (77) took more games than Morkel to complete 250 wickets in Tests.

88 – Runs scored by Jeet Raval in the first innings, the 3rd highest individual score for a New Zealand opener in Tests against South Africa. Only Geoff Rabone’s 107 and Matt Horne’s 93 are higher scores than Raval’s 88 for an NZ opener vs SA in this format.

110 – Innings taken by Kane Williamson for completing 5000 runs in Test cricket, the fewest by a New Zealand player. Martin Crowe took 117 innings to complete 5000 Test runs.

176 – Kane Williamson’s 176 is the 2nd highest score by a New Zealand player against South Africa in Test cricket. Highest: Stephen Fleming’s 262 at Cape Town in 2006.

190 – Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson’s 190-run stand for the 2nd wicket in the first innings is the 3rd highest stand for any wicket for New Zealand against South Africa in Tests. Stephen Fleming and James Franklin’s 256 in 2006 is the highest.

253 – Wickets taken by Morne Morkel in Test cricket. He became the 6th South African and 41st overall to take 250 Test wickets.

2012 – Last instance of three South African pacers bowling 30 or more overs in an innings in Test cricket before this game was in 2012 vs Australia in Perth. Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada bowled 30+ overs in New Zealand’s first innings.