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Kane Williamson and Tim Southee: Playing his 100th match today for New Zealand team

Kane Williamson and Tim Southee created history of 100 test matches together in the important match against Australia.

Kane Williamson and Tim Southee
Kane Williamson and Tim Southee playing his 100th match. (Photo Source: Blackcaps Twitter)

U19 teammates Kane Williamson and Tim Southee

In a historic moment for New Zealand cricket, Kane Williamson and Tim Southee achieved the milestone of playing 100 Test matches together by donning their famous Test caps at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday. The Black Caps are battling for their first ICC World Test Championship series win against Australia, having yet to pick up a win over their trans-Tasman rivals since 2011.

These two players started their journey in 2008 when they were teammates in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup. But the U19 campaign had to end with a defeat to eventual champions India in the semi-finals.

Tim Southee made his senior international debut in the T20I format just weeks before the U19 World Cup, while Kane Williamson, a year younger, made his Test debut in 2010 and Williamson quickly became New Zealand’s greatest batsman across all formats.

Ponting confirms McCullum’s view as Williamson celebrates 100th Test

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting recently spoke on ICC Review about the prediction made by Brendon McCullum during Williamson’s first tour to Australia, in which McCullum said, “I guarantee you this kid will be something special. He He will become a player who will play 100 Test matches for New Zealand. He will become one of the best batsmen in the world.” McCullum’s vision appeared to be coming to fruition on Friday when Williamson took the field with Southee and his children for his 100th Test match.

Williamson has had a stellar career, scoring 8675 runs in Tests at an impressive average of 55.25, well ahead of the next best Ross Taylor. His 32 Test centuries and 33 half-centuries make him a great player in this format. Southee is just 50 wickets away from breaking the record of Kiwi bowler Richard Hadlee, he has taken a total of 378 wickets. Pat Cummins said of Southee, “He has maintained his standards to be at the top of his game.”

Southee and Williamson are only the fifth and sixth Black Cap players to reach the milestone of 100 Test matches. He joins the ranks of Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor.

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New Zealand eyes victory in honor of Centurion

In the second Test match, New Zealand look set to win, which is an important occasion for the players playing their 100th match. After a spectacular victory of 172 runs in the first Test match of the series, Australia aims to defeat New Zealand 2-0 and win the series.

The second Test in Christchurch holds additional significance as currently, Australia is just behind New Zealand in the WTC standings, with India topping the table.

Tributes were also paid to fast bowler Neil Wagner, who announced his retirement after being ruled out of the first Test. New Zealand coach Gary Stead expressed his reaction to the request to recall him for the final Test and opposed it.

The incredible journey of Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, who have not only fulfilled McCullum’s prediction but also etched their names in New Zealand cricket history.

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