New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 1st day

Brendon McCullum goes past Astle

Stats highlights from the first day of the first Test between New Zealand and India in Auckland

Shiva Jayaraman

February 6, 2014

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Kane Williamson raises the bat after reaching his hundred, New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 1st day, February 6, 2014
Kane Williamson's hundred was the first by a New Zealand No. 3 in home Tests in almost ten years © Getty Images
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  • Kane Williamson's century was his fifth in Tests. He has hit 474 runs across formats at 79.79 from six innings on this India tour, passing 50 every time. In the 2013-14 season, Williamson has scored 522 Test runs at 74.57, including two centuries and four fifties.

  • Williamson's century is the first by a New Zealand No. 3 in more than nine years. The last No.3 to hit a hundred at home was Hamish Marshall, who scored 160 against Sri Lanka at McLean Park in 2005. Click here for a list of hundreds by New Zealand's No.3 batsmen in home Tests.

  • Brendon McCullum's hundred was his eighth in Tests and his third against India. It was his second hundred and his highest Test score as New Zealand captain, beating the 113 he scored against West Indies in Dunedin in December last year. During his innings, McCullum went past Nathan Astle to become the fourth-highest run scorer for New Zealand in Tests. He has 4827 runs from 142 innings at 36.29. Astle scored 4702 runs at 37.02 in 137 innings.

  • The 221-run partnership between Williamson and McCullum was New Zealand's fifth highest for the fourth wicket in Tests. Their highest also came against India, when Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor added 271 at McLean Park in 2009.

  • The McCullum-Williamson stand was also New Zealand's fourth highest against India in Tests. The 271-run partnership between Ryder and Taylor is their highest.

  • New Zealand started badly, and were 30 for 3 with a run rate of 1.74. The partnership between Williamson and McCullum shifted gears. They added 221 runs in 51 overs at a run rate of 4.33 - New Zealand's fourth-fastest 150-plus partnership in the first innings of a Test (where records exist). Four of the top-seven partnerships in this list/a> are against India.

  • This is only the fourth time in Tests that New Zealand's No. 3 and No. 5 have hit centuries in the same innings. The last time was against Sri Lanka in Napier in 2005, when Marshall and Astle hit hundreds in New Zealand's first innings.

  • New Zealand's openers continue to be a concern for them. Since the stand of 158 against England in Dunedin last year, when Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford opened for the first time in Tests, they have added 514 in 17 innings at an average of 30.23. They have four 50-plus stands but no century partnerships. Both openers have failed to make substantial scores during this period: Hamish Rutherford has 393 runs at 24.56, Peter Fulton has scored 286 runs at 22.00.

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Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 23:59 GMT)

@ kamarajksrct India do not have 4 quality fast bowlers in the whole of India lol the guys in this test are a joke as are all the Indian bowlers .... wouldn't make a grade side in New Zealand these slow medium pacers.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 23:54 GMT)

Rick T if you read the story it says since the Dunedin test, so that test does not count and thats what this is saying, that since he scored both hundreds he has done nothing .... So the twin centurys are not included in that score of how many runs and the average.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (February 6, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

Brendon has scored only three hundreds against India? Maybe, he'll get another chance in the second test to rack up another one.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

Astle started his career as a spinner, batted #9 for Canterbury!

Posted by kamarajksrct on (February 6, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

The first 3 Wickets fallen quickly..i.e., 3/30 from the effect of fast bowlers... Due to shortage of 4th,5th fast bowler.. IND can't able to control NZ, If 4th,5th fast bowler is in there IND might restrict NZ within 200....But NZ may play with 4 Fast bowlers.. to attack IND... This is 4 Fast Bowl Vs 3 Fast Bowl.. The team which has more fast Bowler may win...

Posted by choppa13 on (February 6, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

@unbeleaveable williamson was batting at number 4 in that innings was to come in at 5 but because of Taylors injury he batted at 4. But im certain he scored 100s against Bangladesh and sri Lanka from the no.3 position. But at home this is the first from a no.3 in quite some time

Posted by kamarajksrct on (February 6, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

The first 3 Wickets fallen quickly..from the effect of fast bowlers... Due to shortage of 4th,5th fast bowler.. IND can't able to control NZ batsman....

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Absolutely love this result. Go NZ!!!

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

For somebody who was technically a wicket keeper batsman and who nobody would consider to be anywhere near the classy batsman Astle was, McCullum has achieved a remarkable feat really!

Posted by Rick_T on (February 6, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

Darren - The Test where Fulton scored 2 Tons was after the Dunedin Test.

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