Cricket World Player of the Week - Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson transitioned formats almost seamlessly and piled up his best test score with a majestic 251 against West Indies in Hamilton.
Flying in straight from the UAE where he helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to reach the IPL 2020 playoffs, Williamson hardly had any time to practice given the 14-day quarantine he had to undergo in New Zealand. Still, the batsman settled into his rhythm easily.
The knock has taken Williamson's test average to 52.55 which is scary given that he is still just 30 and has at least five years of top-flight cricket left in him.
Having scored 240 not out against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 2015 and an unbeaten 200 against Bangladesh at Hamilton in 2019, this is Williamson's third test double century and the highest score of them all.
Williamson began cautiously but once he was past his half-century and the West Indies bowlers began to tire, he opened his arms and stepped up the run scoring. The New Zealand skipper finished with 251 off 412 deliveries, which included 34 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of over 60.
His knock allowed New Zealand to declare their first innings on 519/7 and West Indies were bowled out twice, still falling 134 runs short.
This was the second time that Williamson spent more than 10 hours while batting in a test innings. In the process, he also struck the highest score by a New Zealand batsman against West Indies.
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