With an impending birth, Captain Kane Williamson could miss Black Caps duties



Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson has another major milestone ahead – one that could miss him a test.

Williamson took the highest score of an illustrious test caretaker on Friday, spearheading New Zealand with his 251 in a dominant position over the West Indies in their first test at Hamilton.

Afterward, Williamson acknowledged that his wife Sarah would give birth to their first child in mid to late December.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson took his highest test score on day two of the first test against the West Indies at Seddon Park.

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New Zealand’s Kane Williamson took his highest test score on day two of the first test against the West Indies at Seddon Park.

New Zealand will play its second Test against the Windies in Wellington from December 11-15. They will face Pakistan in the first of two tests at Mount Maunganui starting Boxing Day, while Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan are scheduled for December 18-20. Williamson didn’t play in NZ’s three T20s against the Windies recently.

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“It’s a bit of a wait and see,” said Williamson when asked if he might miss national duties.

“It’s a very exciting time in someone’s life and especially mine.

“We’ll just cross that bridge if we can and watch things unfold, but it’s very difficult to plan ahead of time.”

As Williamson took the last few steps to the locker room after being fired on Friday, he diligently practiced the shot that got him out.

It was a clear reminder why the 30-year-old is New Zealand’s best test batsman, after his skill and dedication allowed the hosts to dictate the terms and conditions for the remaining three days of the Seddon Park test.

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Black Caps captain in full flight then gets a reprieve from the West Indian bowlers.

His selflessness and dedication to his craft was outlined when he spoke after stumps, with the Windies reaching 49 without a loss after New Zealand declared 519-7.

“First, it’s for the team – it always is,” Williamson said with a chuckle, knowing the media fully expected him to deftly turn any praise to the fine leg of modesty.

He said his goal was to “stick with my plans for a longer period of time and then hope that if you get the right balls you might miss them or they might go down instead of to the slips.

“Even towards the end of my innings, I played and still missed.”

With his 22nd test barrel, Williamson now has 7.4 percent of all test centuries by New Zealand players in a golden era of runs for the national side (Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham have 17.45 percent of all NZ’s 298 test- centuries from 77 players).

It was also Williamson’s ninth ton as captain, pushing him past Stephen Fleming.

It was a test captain’s second-highest score against the West Indies – only England’s Peter May fared better with an unbeaten 285 at Birmingham in 1957.

As statistical performance piled up, he achieved the highest test score of any batsman at Seddon Park and the highest individual score in nearly 200 top-notch games at the venue.

Kane Williamson of New Zealand watches as Jason Holder from the West Indies calls in vain for his wicket during day two of the first test.

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Kane Williamson of New Zealand watches as Jason Holder from the West Indies calls in vain for his wicket during day two of the first test.

Williamson now has three double centuries for NZ – the same as Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum, with his former captain still the only Kiwi to make a triple ton.

His knock improved his test average to 52.55 in his 81st test.

Williamson made 131 in his debut test innings against India in Ahmedabad in November 2010.

But his next top-level ton didn’t come for 20 innings, when his average was 30.52, and after 25 tests, he only had three to his credit.

Since then, all expectations of him since appearing on the national scene as a precociously talented teenager have been heartily fulfilled.


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