Watch- New Zealand players give a standing ovation to Kane Williamson and Tim Southee ahead of their 100th Test

Published - 08 Mar 2024, 11:58 AM

Kane Williamson and Tim Southee
Kane Williamson and Tim Southee (Image Credits: Twitter)

Veteran New Zealand cricketers Tim Southee and Kane Williamson achieved a significant milestone during the second and final Test match against Australia. Tim Southee and Kane Williamson completed 100 matches for New Zealand in the longer format of the game.

Tim Southee has emerged as one of New Zealand’s most prolific bowlers since his Test debut in 2008. Kane Williamson, on the other hand, has been an important batter for the team, having scored more than 8,500 runs in Tests at an impressive average of over 50.

Watch – Kane Williamson And Tim Southee Walk Out With Their Kids

Tim Southee and Kane Williamson, in their 100th Test for New Zealand, made a memorable entrance at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday, March 8. Their special moment was captured as they stepped onto the pitch with their kids before the start of the match.

New Zealand Cricket’s official account on X (formerly Twitter) shared a video of the event. The two cricketers received a warm reception, with the crowd offering applause and standing ovations as they walked onto the field alongside their children.

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The Black Caps got off to a decent start to their innings after being asked to bat first. Tom Latham and Will Young added 47 runs before Mitchell Starc broke the partnership. Starc dismissed Young, who scored 14 runs, in the 19th over of New Zealand’s first innings.

Williamson received a standing ovation from the crowd at Hagley Oval as he entered the pitch during the ongoing Test match. However, Williamson’s innings was short-lived, as he was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood in the 32nd over after scoring 17 runs from 37 balls.

Rachin Ravindra (4), Daryl Mitchell (4), Tom Blundell (22), and Glenn Phillips (2) failed to contribute to the team’s score in the must-win game. The team collapsed to 107/8 at one stage, but Tim Southee and Matt Henry helped the team cross the 150-run mark.

Tim Southee and Matt Henry added 55 runs for the ninth wicket in the first innings. Australia skipper Pat Cummins bagged his first wicket of the match by dismissing Southee. Matt Henry was dismissed a couple of balls later as New Zealand were bundled out for 162.

On Day 1, Josh Hazlewood spearheaded a formidable Australian pace assault. Hazlewood recorded impressive bowling figures of 5-31, supported by Mitchell Starc, who finished with 3-59, as Australia aimed for a clean sweep in the ongoing two-match Test series.

Mitchell Starc surpassed the legendary Dennis Lillee (355) to become Australia’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, with a tally of 357 wickets. This achievement places Starc in the fourth position among the elite bowlers in Australian Test cricket history.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell(w), Glenn Phillips, Scott Kuggeleijn, Matt Henry, Tim Southee(c), Ben Sears

Australia: Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Also read: Kane Williamson’s runout causes a stir in Wellington, Australia and New Zealand players fight after the end of the day’s play on Day 2

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