| Updated - February 28, 2023 06:41 am
On Day 4 of the continuing second Test against England at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand, building on their first innings total of 209, mounted a powerful recovery. New Zealand achieved a total of 483, helped by Kane Williamson’s century, giving England a respectable aim of 258. The videographer noticed a female fan sitting next to her partner with a special sign for “Ben” during the last session, and it was an amusing scene.
The sign stated: “Ben, my boyfriend is at the cricket game.
To see you, I’m here.”
Yet when the camera shifted to Stokes, Duckett, and Foakes—the three “Ben’s” in the England side—confusion ensued.
Williamson’s outstanding performance on Day 4 at the Basin Reserve, which saw him reach his 26th Test century, drew two standing ovations.
After reaching 29 not out early on Monday to surpass Taylor’s record of 7,683 runs, he momentarily raised his bat.
Williamson was dismissed for 132 by part-time seam bowler Harry Brook, and additional cheers were heard as he exited the field.
Williamson was as modest as could be about his role in history.
If you look at the names on that list, it’s an honour, he remarked, adding that he hadn’t given it much attention.
It’s remarkable to be in that company, even though I admired several of them as a child and later played with some of them.
On 7,172 runs, another former Black Caps captain, Stephen Fleming, is in third place.
Compared to Taylor’s 112 Tests and 196 trips to the crease, Williamson hit the milestone in his 92nd Test and 161st innings.
Taylor, who is now retired, complimented Williamson right away.
Kane deserves congratulations, Taylor wrote on Twitter.
“This accomplishment, of which I was aware for a number of years, is a testament to your hard work and dedication to Test cricket.”
Right-handed batsman Williamson entered the two-game England series needing just 39 runs to break the previous mark.
He was a member of the New Zealand top order, which had trouble against the English seam attack, but he scored a total of just 10 runs over the course of his first three innings.
In the list of all-time Test leaders, which is headed by the legendary Indian Sachin Tendulkar with 15,921 runs, he is ranked 35th.
At the end of play, England was 48/1 against a target of 258.