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Kane Williamson and Tim Southee’s 100th Test Celebrated With Emotional Guard of Honour
By CricShots - Mar 8, 2024 11:13 am
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Tim Southee and Kane Williamson, two stalwarts of New Zealand cricket, marked a momentous occasion during the second Test against Australia, as they both achieved the milestone of 100 Test matches for their nation. This feat underscores their enduring contributions to the team’s success over the years. Since his debut in 2008, Tim Southee has established himself as a cornerstone of New Zealand’s bowling attack, consistently delivering impressive performances with the ball.

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Kane Williamson and Tim Southee

On the batting front, Kane Williamson’s prowess has been equally remarkable, amassing over 8,500 runs in Tests at an exceptional average of over 50. Their milestone was commemorated in a heartwarming manner as they walked onto the field at Hagley Oval in Christchurch accompanied by their children.

The touching moment, captured on camera and shared by New Zealand Cricket, encapsulated the significance of their achievement, with the crowd greeting them with applause and standing ovations. As the match unfolded, New Zealand faced a challenging start to their innings after being put in to bat first.

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Despite the early setback, Tom Latham and Will Young provided a solid foundation with a partnership of 47 runs before Mitchell Starc struck to dismiss Young for 14 runs. The entrance of Kane Williamson onto the pitch was met with a rousing reception from the crowd, but his innings was cut short by Josh Hazlewood after he scored 17 runs. Following Williamson’s departure, the New Zealand batting lineup faced further setbacks, with several key players failing to make significant contributions.

 

However, Tim Southee, along with Matt Henry, displayed resilience, adding valuable runs for the ninth wicket and helping New Zealand reach a total of 162 runs. Despite their efforts, the team faced a formidable Australian bowling attack led by Josh Hazlewood, who claimed five wickets for 31 runs on Day 1.

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Hazlewood’s stellar performance, supported by Mitchell Starc’s three wickets, propelled Australia’s bid for a clean sweep in the series. Moreover, Starc’s achievement of surpassing Dennis Lillee to become Australia’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket further highlighted the dominance of the Australian bowling unit.

In conclusion, while Tim Southee and Kane Williamson celebrated their remarkable milestone, the match showcased the fierce competition between two cricketing giants, with Australia aiming for supremacy and New Zealand seeking to stage a comeback in the series.