Well, well; déjà vu all over again. Another extraordinary fourth day at the Basin Reserve, not unlike that other one from February 2014. Here are some of the statistical highlights.
The sixth wicket stand was 365*. This is a world record stand for that wicket by all countries beating the previous wicket of 352 set by New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, and also involving BJ Watling.
New Zealand have now put on 45 partnerships of 100+ in Tests at the Basin Reserve. 10 of those have been for the 6th wicket
It was Watling’s third 200+ partnership for the sixth wicket in the last 12 moonths.
There have now been five NZ double centurions at the Basin Reserve. Crowe, McCullum, Williamson, Sinclair & Vincent. Three of those five have been against Sri Lanka.
Williamson became the 14th New Zealander to score a double century in a test.
He also became the youngest New Zealander to bring up 3000 test runs. By over two years type younger.
Both Watling and Williamson posted their highest test scores. Watling passing his previous best made in a certain partnership at the same ground last year. Williamson beat his previous, which he made a couple of tests ago.
Watling is now only person currently to share the top two partnerships for any wicket.
Three of the top five 2nd innings partnerships for any wicket have been made by NZ at the Basin. And there are some pretty gamous partnerships in that list
The two longest (by balls) second innings partnerships for any wicket now involve BJ Watling
Watling now has four test centuries. That is one more than Coney, Ken Rutherford, JJ Crowe, Greatbatch and current selection convener Bruce Edgar.