Kane Williamson completed a meticulous double century and New Zealand compiled its highest score in tests on day 3 of the first Test match against Bangladesh. Williamson struck a four from the last ball of the innings to reach 200 not out before declaring New Zealand’s innings at 715-6, a lead of 481 runs. Williamson’s innings propelled New Zealand on to its highest test total, which ground down the Bangladesh bowlers.
Williamson has become a relentless run-scoring machine for New Zealand with 20 centuries and 29 half centuries in 71 tests at an average of 52. He has now scored almost 900 runs in the eight tests New Zealand has played in the past year, with a double century, two centuries and three half centuries in that time.
Williamson has lifted himself to second place on world test batting rankings, behind India captain Virat Kohli, and he also became only the fourth New Zealander after Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor to pass 6,000 runs in tests.
Williamson has reached a career-best 915 rating points in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen. He is seven points behind Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is the number one Test batsman with 922 points.