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5 batsmen who could better Brian Lara's 400 in Tests

Neelabhra Roy
SENIOR ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 09:06 IST

#4 Kane Williamson

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Kane Williamson of New Zealand bats during day four of the First Test between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Oval on November 20, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)
Williamson’s versatility makes him a dangerous player in the long run

The current New Zealand skipper is considered to be one of the best batsmen in the world currently and has played some brilliant cricket in the past few years. Williamson has been New Zealand’s highest run scorer in Tests this year and the 10th highest overall with 753 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 47.06 and a strike rate of 53.40.

The Kiwi batsman had a very poor start in Tests this year as he managed to score only 16, 22 and 7 in his first three innings in the two-match Test series against Australia before scoring a patient 97 in his final innings of the series. Williamson batted brilliantly in New Zealand’s next series against Zimbabwe where he became only the 13th batsman to score a century against all Test playing nations. In the remainder of the year, Williamson played a couple of decent knocks against the likes of South Africa, India, and Pakistan.

Williamson, who is currently fourth in the ICC Test Batsmen Rankings, has the ability to play long innings which he has proved on a number of occasions. He’s a batsman who’s not very aggressive in his approach but can switch gears whenever necessary. He takes very calculated risk while batting which is evident by the fact that he hit only two sixes in Tests this year.

The Kiwi batsman’s versatility makes him a very dangerous batsman and provided he can prolong that, he could well be a top contender to score 400 in a single Test innings.

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Published 21 Dec 2016, 21:59 IST
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