Kane Williamson has been in sensational form in the Test format. The former New Zealand skipper has scored six tons in the last six games he has played in the longest format of the game. Williamson has scored his 31st Test hundred in the ongoing series against South Africa. He became the fifth Kiwi batter to score twin centuries in a Test, following century number 30 in the first innings with a 31st in the second.
Williamson led New Zealand's second innings from the front, striking 109 off 132 balls, including 12 fours and a six, to bring the total to 179/4 and extend the margin to a daunting 528 over South Africa at stumps on Day 3. The No.1 Test batter, scored 118 in the first innings and joined an elite group that included Glen Turner, Geoff Howarth, Andrew Jones, and Peter Fulton.
His century brings his total to six tons in the last six Tests, making up for some incredible statistics. He is now tied with former Australia captain Steve Smith for the second-fastest time to 31 Test tons. Sachin Tendulkar is the fastest, taking 165 innings to score his 31st Test century.
Kane Williamson: A class apart
The 33-year-old batter also converted ten of his last eleven fifties into a century. He also moved up to fourth place on the list of active players with the most centuries in international cricket. Williamson and Smith both have 44 runs, after David Warner's 49 and Joe Root and Rohit Sharma's 46. Kohli leads the way with 80 beside his name.
The Black Caps head coach Gary Stead said Williamson's brilliant form was "fantastic" for his team-mates, noting the role he played as a support act when Rachin Ravindra posted a maiden double century in the first innings. The Kiwis have a lead of 528 runs at the end of Day 3 and might declare after reaching 550 to 600 runs lead and win the Test by a huge margin.