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New Zealand 'great' Kane Williamson proves his class with century against Pakistan

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling says playing alongside captain is 'fun' as hosts take control of first Test

New Zealand's Kane Williamson scored a century against Pakistan in the first Test at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. AP
New Zealand's Kane Williamson scored a century against Pakistan in the first Test at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. AP

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling after said playing alongside a modern day great like Kane Williamson is a lot of fun, as the hosts took control on day two of the first Test against Pakistan on Sunday.

Williamson completed his 23rd Test century at Mount Maunganui, showing why he is considered one of the premier batsmen of his era along with India's Virat Kohli, Australian Steve Smith and Joe Root of England.

"He has just become a father, and it was a special innings for Boxing Day. He just set us up for a big total," Watling said after the hosts posted 431 in their first innings and reduced Pakistan to 30-1 in the series opener.

Williamson hit 12 boundaries and a six in his 129 before Watling (73) added 66 runs for the seventh wicket with Kyle Jamieson to stretch their tally.

"You can look at some his shots, and he's pure class," Watling said of his captain.

"Twenty-three centuries is pretty special, and he'll hate me for saying it, but he's right up there among New Zealand's greats, isn't he?

"There's not a lot of chat when batting with him but playing with him is obviously a lot of fun."

Published: December 27, 2020 06:44 PM

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