Kane Williamson registers 18th Test hundred © Getty Images
Kane Williamson registers 18th Test hundred © Getty Images

Kane Williamson became New Zealand’s most prolific century-maker when he reached the three-figure mark for the 18th time on Day Two of the first Test against England at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday.

Williamson, 27, brought up the milestone hundred with a single off James Anderson in the first session as rains hampered the play. Occasional showers are forecast throughout the afternoon in Auckland.

VIDEO: England 58 all out, watch all 10 wickets
VIDEO: England 58 all out, watch all 10 wickets

The Kiwi skipper started the day on 91. New Zealand were 197 for 3, in reply to England’s 58 as early tea was called. Williamson was dismissed in the second session by England spearhead James Anderson. He was trapped LBW but unsuccessfully challenged the decision.

Williamson, who scored his first Test century on debut — 131 against India at Ahmedabad in 2010 — shared the previous New Zealand record of 17 with Ross Taylor and the late Martin Crowe.

Most Test hundreds for New Zealand

Batsman M R HS Ave 100s
Kane Williamson (2010 till date) 64* 5,315 242* 51.60 18
Martin Crowe (1982-95) 77 5,444 299 45.36 17
Ross Taylor (2007 till date) 84 6,266 290 47.83 17
Brendon McCullum (2004-16) 101 6,453 302 38.64 12
John Wright (1978-1993) 82 5,334 185 37.82 12

Now in his 64th Test, he averages 51.50. The world record for Test centuries is held by the now-retired Indian master Sachin Tendulkar with 51.

At the time of publishing, New Zealand were 206 for 4 with the lead extended to 148.

(Inputs from AFP)