Zimbabwe v New Zealand Tests 2016
Captain Kane sets new world record
Black Caps batsman passes three figures against Zimbabwe and rewrites history in the process
7 August 2016, 08:38 PM AEST
Kane Williamson has entered his name into the history books as New Zealand continued to turn the screws on Zimbabwe in the second Test in Bulawayo.
In his second Test as Black Caps captain, Williamson made a dashing 113 as the visitors moved to 4-436 at lunch on day two.
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And upon reaching three figures, the 25-year-old, who actually celebrates his 26th birthday tomorrow (Monday), became the youngest man in Test history to post hundreds against all Test-playing nations – a milestone he narrowly missed in the series opener when he made 91.
Williamson is the first New Zealander to achieve what remains a rare feat among Test batsmen; he joins what now becomes an elite club of 13.
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Previously, the youngest man to post hundreds against all comers was Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who reached the mark as a 30-year-old, meaning the brilliant Black Caps skipper is the only man to achieve the milestone while still in his 20s.
Sangakkara is one of three Sri Lankans in the club, alongside Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardena.
Of course, only batsmen to have played this century – or more accurately, since November 2000, when Bangladesh became a Test-playing nation – have had a chance to score hundreds against nine other Test teams.
The other nine players on the list are: Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting (Australia), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar (India), Younis Khan (Pakistan), Jacques Kallis (South Africa) and Brian Lara (West Indies).
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Williamson wasn't the only Kiwi to post a hundred in the innings, with opener Tom Latham making 136 – his second hundred of a series that New Zealand lead 1-0.
Ross Taylor and BJ Watling also made centuries as the Black Caps cruised home by an innings and 117 runs in the first Test at the same venue, raising further questions about Zimbabwe's current Test status.
New Zealand, currently fifth in the Test rankings, next face South Africa (sixth) as they aim to fight their way up the ICC Championship table.
"These two series are a chance for us as a group to gain some of the ground that we lost a few months ago against Australia," said coach Mike Hesson, referencing last summer's two series defeats to Australia, away and at home.
"We had gone eight series without a loss before we faced them at home and away.
"Before that, we had gained a lot of ground and then we lost some."