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NZ downplay batting milestones

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/08/2016

New Zealand batsmen had their eye on the ball in Bulawayo and were blithely unaware of knocking off three run-making milestones in the second Test against Zimbabwe.

During the second day, as the Kiwis charged to 582-4 declared, captain Kane Williamson (113) became the 13th and, at 26, the youngest player to score a century against all Test-playing nations.

The news was downplayed by Williamson.

"No, I had no idea. I think Ross might have mentioned something when I got a hundred today," he said after the day's play.

Had he seen the list of other players to achieve it? Tendulkar, Lara?

"No."

Pause.

"Yes it's nice to have scored some runs and perhaps contributed to hopefully some good team performances, but those boys are the big boys, eh?"

Meanwhile, Ross Taylor's 124 not out took him to 5529 Test runs, overtaking the late Martin Crowe's 5444. He now sits third behind Stephen Fleming (7172) and Brendon McCullum (6453) for most Test runs by a New Zealander.

"I knew I was close but I don't really look at the scoreboard when I am batting," Taylor said.

"I heard a few applause so I though I'd better just look up to see where I was at."

Taylor said it was nice to beat "Hogan", the nickname for his batting mentor Crowe.

"When I first met him in a mentor capacity he said that he wanted me to at least beat his record, so it was nice to knock off one of those goals he set for me."

The mammoth innings also featured three 150-run partnerships for the first time in New Zealand's history.

Martin Guptill (87) and Tom Latham (136) put on 169 for the first wicket, Latham and Williamson made 160 for the second and Taylor and BJ Watling (83) put on 193 for the fifth.

Williamson was more happy - and perhaps even effusive - about that record.

"It's a great plus for us, moving forward as a team."

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