New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 7000 test runs in the ongoing test match against Pakistan at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, became the fastest Kiwi to achieve the feat on Tuesday, January 5th. Williamson’s 238 runs off 364 balls in the 1st innings of the2nd test match, including 28 fours assisted him to accomplish the feat.
Williamson also equaled the record of Brandon McCullam of making the most number of 200 scores (4)in tests for Kiwis.
Earlier the record of the fastest 7000 runs by a New Zealand batsman was held by Ross Taylor, who reached the milestone in 96 matches. But Williamson now owns the record by scoring 7000 runs in just 83 matches.
Along with the fastest 7000 runs, Williamson also broke the record of most number of fifty-plus scores by a New Zealand batsman in tests, which was retained by former captain Stephen Fleming.
Stephen Fleming notched up 7172 runs in 111 tests and had 55 fifty-plus scores. Williamson surpassed him by scoring 56 fifty-plus in the longest format of the game in just 83 matches.
Kane Williamson scored 7000 test runs
The day is not far when Williamson will become the leading run-scorer of New Zealand. Ross Taylor is currently the highest run-scorer (7368 runs in 104 tests) and Williamson has 7115 runs in 83 matches. So by the end of this year, Williamson could be the highest run-getter for New Zealand in tests.