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Stats - Williamson and Nicholls, at their best when together in Test cricket

Both of them scored double-centuries at Basin Reserve on Saturday, becoming just the eighth pair with two 300-plus partnerships in Test cricket

Henry Nicholls is congratulated by Kane Williamson after his century, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Wellington, 2nd day, March 18, 2023

Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson put together 363 runs for the third wicket  •  Getty Images

1 - Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls became the first pair to score double-centuries in the same Test match for New Zealand. They are now the 18th pair overall to score double-hundreds in the same Test innings. This is also the first instance of two batters scoring double-centuries in the same first-class innings in New Zealand.
8 - Number of batting pairs with two 300-plus partnerships in Test cricket, including Williamson and Nicholls.
They are also the first New Zealand pair with multiple triple-century stands. Their first such partnership came in 2021 when they added 369 runs for the fourth wicket against Pakistan in Christchurch.
363 - Partnership runs between Williamson and Nicholls, the fifth-highest for any wicket for New Zealand in Tests. Three of New Zealand's top-five partnerships in Test cricket have come against Sri Lanka.
Similarly, three of the top-five Test partnerships against Sri Lanka have been by New Zealand - the 363 between Williamson and Nicholls is the fourth-highest.
8124 - Runs for Williamson in Test cricket, the first player from New Zealand to complete 8000 Test runs. His current batting average of 54.89 is the fifth-highest among the 35 batters with 8000-plus runs in Test cricket.
41 - Hundreds for Williamson across formats in international cricket, the most by any player for New Zealand. Williamson surpassed Ross Taylor's 40 centuries with his innings of 215 in Wellington.
5 - Test double-centuries for Williamson at home. Only Don Bradman (7), Virat Kohli (6) and Kumar Sangakkara (6) have more in home Tests than Williamson, while Ricky Ponting also has five.
9 - Out of 15 Test double-centuries scored at Basin Reserve, nine have come since 2014. No other venue had more than four individual double-centuries in Test cricket in this period.
The 15 double-centuries in Wellington are also the joint-fourth-highest at a ground in Tests.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo