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Kane Williamson’s 2,000 Test runs: A statistical analysis of youngest batsmen to reach the milestone

Kane Williamson is also the 10th youngest overall to score 2,000 Test runs © Getty Images
Kane Williamson is also the 10th youngest overall to score 2,000 Test runs © Getty Images

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson completed 2,000 runs in his Test career on June 8, 2014. In doing so, he became the youngest batsman from New Zealand to achieve this milestone. Bharath Seervi provides a statistical analysis on the milestone of 2,000 runs in Test cricket.

On Day One of the first Test between West Indies and New Zealand in Jamaica, Kiwi batsman Kane Williamson reached 2,000 runs in his Test career. He got there in his 32nd Test and 57th inning when he reached 36 runs. Though Williamson is the 25th New Zealand cricketer to complete 2,000 Test runs, he is the youngest of them all. He got to the milestone at the age of 23 years 304 days. Williamson overcame Martin Crowe, who had reached the milestone at the age of 24 years five months, 10 days in March 1987.

Youngest New Zealand batsmen to complete 2,000 Test runs

Age Batsman Milestone Date
23y, 10m, 00d Kane Williamson June 8, 2014
24y, 05m, 10d Martin Crowe March 3, 1987
24y, 06m, 18d Craig McMillan March 30, 2001
25y, 01m, 27d Stephen Fleming May 27, 1998
26y, 09m, 15d Glenn Turner March 12, 1974

Williamson, though being the youngest batsman from New Zealand to reach 2,000 Test runs, is the 10th youngest overall to reach the milestone. The youngest batsman to reach 2,000 Test runs is Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian legend managed to score 2,000 runs at age of 20 years, 10 months, 24 days.

Youngest batsmen to complete 2,000 Test runs

Age Batsman Team Date
20y, 10m, 24d Sachin Tendulkar India March 20, 1994
22y, 05m, 24d Garry Sobers West Indies March 28, 1968
22y, 06m, 08d Javed Miandad Pakistan December 20, 1979
22y, 10m, 19d Ramnaresh Sarwan West Indies May 12, 2003
23y, 01m, 26d Graeme Smith South Africa March 27, 2004
23y, 02m, 17d Alastair Cook England March 13, 2008
23y, 03m, 00d Donald Bradman Australia November 27, 1931
23y, 09m, 11d Dilip Vengsarkar India January 16, 1980
23y, 09m, 17d Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka March 15, 2001
23y, 10m, 00d Kane Williamson New Zealand June 8, 2014

With Williamson becoming the youngest New Zealand batsman to score 2,000 Test runs, let us look at the youngest from each team to do so.

Youngest batsmen to complete 2,000 Test runs from each team

Team Batsman Age Milestone Date
Australia Donald Bradman 23y, 03m, 00d November 27, 1931
Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal 23y, 11m, 06d April 25, 2013
England Alastair Cook 23y, 02m, 17d March 13, 2008
India Sachin Tendulkar 20y, 10m, 24d March 20, 1994
New Zealand Kane Williamson 23y, 10m, 00d June 8, 2014
Pakistan Javed Miandad 22y, 06m, 08d December 20, 1979
Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene 23y, 09m, 17d March 15, 2001
South Africa Graeme Smith 23y, 01m, 26d March 27, 2004
West Indies Garfield Sobers 22y, 05m, 24d March 28, 1968
Zimbabwe Alistair Campbell 28y, 01m, 27d November 18, 2000

Williamson took 57 innings to reach the 2,000-run landmark. But seven Kiwi cricketers completed 2,000 Test runs in fewer innings than Williamson. Below is the list showing the fewest number of innings played to score 2,000 Test runs by New Zealand batsmen:

Fewest innings played to score 2,000 Test runs by New Zealand batsmen

Innings Batsman Match Date
44 Andrew Jones November 1, 1992
44 Mark Richardson October 16, 2003
46 Bert Sutcliffe January 6, 1956
47 Glenn Turner March 8, 1974
48 Ross Taylor November 12, 2010
52 Craig McMillan March 27, 2001
56 Martin Crowe February 27, 1987
57 Kane Williamson June 8, 2014
60 Stephen Fleming May 27, 1998
60 Nathan Astle December 26, 1999

All figures are updated till June 8, 2014.

Williamson has also become the first Kiwi to score six centuries before age of 24 beating Crowe who had scored five before he turned 24. Williamson’s six centuries has put him on the joint seventh position of scoring six centuries before the age of 24. If he can manage to score another century in the series he will be the joint fourth to score seven centuries before the age of 24.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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