Test Cricket: New Zealand played their first test match against England in Christchurch in 1930. They became only the fifth team in history to play the game. However, it took them 26 years to register their first test win, which came in 1956 against the West Indies. This country has produced some of the game’s legends.
A team that is known for producing good pacers and all-rounders has also produced some really good batters. The likes of Stephen Fleming, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, and many more have represented the Black Caps at the highest level. While Kane Williamson is taking that legacy forward. In this article, we will look at the most centuries scored by Kiwi batters in test cricket.
5. John Wright (12 centuries) in 82 Tests
Former opening batter for New Zealand, John Wright is fifth on the list. He was the first New Zealand batter to complete 4000 Tests runs in history. Wright made his debut in February 1978 against England and scored 55 runs in his debut inning. He played 82 Tests for New Zealand and scored 5334 runs at an average of 37.82. Wright also scored 12 centuries and 23 half-centuries, with the highest score of 185.
4. Tom Latham* (12 centuries) in 68 Tests
The wicket-keeper batter of New Zealand, Tom Latham, makes fourth on the list. The left-hander is one of the most consistent batter in the team across formats. He made his debut February 2014 against India at Wellington. In his career so far, he has played 68 test matches and scored 4623 runs at an average of 40.55. Latham has also scored 12 centuries and 23 half-centuries for his team in red-ball cricket. He has hit joint-fourth most centuries for New Zealand.
3. Martin Crowe (17 centuries) in 77 Tests
Former middle-order batter Martin Crowe has the third most test centuries for New Zealand. Making his debut in February 1982 against Australia. Crowe represented New Zealand for 13 years, until 1995. He played 77 Tests and scored 5444 runs in 131 innings at an average of 45.36. Crowe also scored 17 centuries and 18 half-centuries with a highest score of 299, which is the fourth highest test score batting at no. 4.
2. Ross Taylor (19 centuries) in 112 Tests
Another great competitor that New Zealand produced was former middle-order batter Ross Taylor. He was one of the most cosistent for his country across formats. Taylor is the only New Zealander to play more than 100 games in all three formats. He made his test debut in November 2007 against South Africa. Taylor played 112 Tests for New Zealand and scored 7683 runs at an average of 44.66, with the highest score of 290. He also had 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries.
1. Kane Williamson* (24 centuries) in 88 Tests
Stats suggest that Kane Williamson is the best Test cricketer and is also leading the chart in run scoring as second highest run-scorer. Williamson came onto the scene in November 2010 against India and scored a century (131) on debut. He is among the best all-around batters in modern-day cricket. Williamson scored 7368 runs in 88 tests at an average of 51.24, with the highest score of 251 runs. He also scored 24 centuries and 33 half-centuries.
List of Most Centuries in Test Cricket for New Zealand