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Kane Williamson Breaks Steve Smith’s Record, Becomes Fastest to 32 Test Hundreds

In the New Zealand vs South Africa 2nd Test, Kane Williamson’s remarkable form continued as he hit a potentially game-changing century on a challenging pitch in Hamilton. This century not only led New Zealand’s chase but also made him the fastest player to reach 32 Test hundreds, breaking Steve Smith’s record.
Kane Williamson hit his 32nd Test hundred on Day 4 in Hamilton vs South Africa (AP Photo)
Kane Williamson hit his 32nd Test hundred on Day 4 in Hamilton vs South Africa (AP Photo)
Williamson’s sensational performance on Day 4 of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton was crucial as he single-handedly led New Zealand’s chase of 267 runs. His composed innings swung the momentum back in favor of the home team after the inexperienced visiting side took a first-innings lead and threatened to seal an unlikely victory.

Williamson reached his hundred in 203 balls during the final session of Day 2, showcasing calmness and composure. His century was a significant milestone as none of the other batters managed to go past the 30-run mark, bringing New Zealand closer to victory.

This was Williamson’s third hundred in the last four innings, proving to be a major obstacle to South Africa’s hopes in the series. He began the series with 118 and 109 in the first Test, becoming only the fifth New Zealand batter to hit twin hundreds in a Test match.

Despite getting out for a gritty 43 in the first innings in Hamilton, Williamson’s resilience in the final innings was commendable. The Seddon Park crowd cheered his heroic effort with the bat, recognizing the difficulty of accumulating runs on a challenging pitch.

This century marked Williamson’s 32nd Test hundred, putting him on par with Australia greats Steve Waugh and Steve Smith. Additionally, he became the fastest player to reach 32 Test hundreds, surpassing Steve Smith’s record.
FASTEST TO 32 TEST HUNDREDS
  • Kane Williamson – 172 innings
  • Steve Smith – 174 innings
  • Ricky Ponting – 176 innings
  • Sachin Tendulkar – 179 innings
  • Younis Khan – 183 innings
Williamson received valuable support from Will Young, who held one end and ensured that the hosts did not suffer a collapse like they did in the first innings. However, the former captain was determined not to let the opportunity slip away.

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