Most sixes in Tests: Tim Southee has more than Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers, Ian Botham & Shahid Afridi
Tim Southee now has 72 sixes in Test cricket. © AFP

On the day that he became the fourth New Zealand bowler to reach the milestone of 250 Test wickets, Tim Southee also achieved another and less significant landmark, but one that will still surprise many.

On Monday, day four of the second Test between Sri Lanka at New Zealand at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, Southee clubbed two consecutive sixes off Lasith Embuldeniya to prompt the declaration at 431/8.

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The first of those sixes was Southee’s 70th in Test cricket, which put him past Sachin Tendulkar‘s mark. Off the next ball from Embuldeniya, Southee hit one more to move to 72 sixes in Tests.

Tendulkar, the leading run-getter in Test cricket, hit 70 sixes in a career that spanned 200 matches. Southee has gone past him in his 67th Test.

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Southee also has more sixes in Test cricket than AB de Villiers, Ian Botham and Shahid Afridi, to name just a few big-hitters of the international game.

Former South Africa skipper de Villiers hit 64 in 114 Tests, England legend Botham struck 67 sixes in 102 Tests and Afridi clubbed 52 in 27.

Southee finished 24 not out off 10 balls, in partnership with centurion BJ Watling as New Zealand declared with a lead of 187 over Sri Lanka.