New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 1st day February 6, 2014

Brendon McCullum goes past Astle

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

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:55 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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....

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Absolutely love this result. Go NZ!!!

  • 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!

  • Rick_T on February 6, 2014, 14:20 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:55 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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....

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Absolutely love this result. Go NZ!!!

  • 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!

  • Rick_T on February 6, 2014, 14:20 GMT

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

  • Rick_T on February 6, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Bishop - You are quite right. Since the Dunedin Test, Fulton has scored 578 runs at an average of 34.

  • on February 6, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Guys these records are after the Dunedin test, so that test where Fulton scored 2 hundreds does not count, its since then .....

  • unbeleaveable on February 6, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    I thought Williamson scored a 100 against SA a couple of years ago, I think at the Basin?

  • Bishop on February 6, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Your numbers have to be off. Fulton made two centuries against England, and made a couple of good scores against BD (70s or so). No way he has only made 286 runs since the Dunedin test, and his average since his recall has got to be higher than 22.

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Hang about, no substantial scores? What about Fulton's twin hundreds against England in Auckland last year? I agree he's struggling again but fair cop!

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    "You have to take on the big players and find a way to limit their impact on the series. If we do that it could well create some doubt in their squad. We have plans in place for all their players. How we implement those will determine how successful we are. "

    - Brendon McCullum

  • on February 6, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Fantastic player i like it

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  • on February 6, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Fantastic player i like it

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    "You have to take on the big players and find a way to limit their impact on the series. If we do that it could well create some doubt in their squad. We have plans in place for all their players. How we implement those will determine how successful we are. "

    - Brendon McCullum

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Hang about, no substantial scores? What about Fulton's twin hundreds against England in Auckland last year? I agree he's struggling again but fair cop!

  • Bishop on February 6, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Your numbers have to be off. Fulton made two centuries against England, and made a couple of good scores against BD (70s or so). No way he has only made 286 runs since the Dunedin test, and his average since his recall has got to be higher than 22.

  • unbeleaveable on February 6, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    I thought Williamson scored a 100 against SA a couple of years ago, I think at the Basin?

  • on February 6, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Guys these records are after the Dunedin test, so that test where Fulton scored 2 hundreds does not count, its since then .....

  • Rick_T on February 6, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Bishop - You are quite right. Since the Dunedin Test, Fulton has scored 578 runs at an average of 34.

  • Rick_T on February 6, 2014, 14:20 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Absolutely love this result. Go NZ!!!