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Steve Smith’s dual record is broken by Kane Williamson, who becomes the quickest hitter in history to smash 32 Test tons

<p>Former New Zealand Test captain Kane Williamson, who is level with Steve Waugh and Steve Smith after smashing his 32nd century against South Africa on Friday, February 16, continues his ascent in the format with the bat. In the second Test match against South Africa, Williamson’s century helped New Zealand win by seven wickets and secure a 2-0 series victory. Conversely, Williamson beat Steve Smith’s record to become the quickest Test hitter to reach thirty-two hundreds.</p>
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<p>With his last century during the Ashes in July, Smith had eclipsed Ricky Ponting to hold the record for quickest batsman with 32 Test hundreds; now, Williamson has done so as well. Although Williamson matched Smith’s record for most centuries in Test cricket, he currently leads him in the list of hundreds in three other forms. At this point, Williamson has 45 centuries in all forms, compared to 44 for Smith.</p>
<p>In addition, Williamson tied Younis Khan’s record for most tons with his sixth century in a Test match’s fourth innings. Sunil Gavaskar and Ricky Ponting are two of the four players who have four hundreds in the fourth innings, however Williamson and Younis top the list.</p>
<p>Fastest to 32 Test hundreds in terms of innings played</p>
<p>Kane Williamson*, page 172</p>
<p>174: Steve Smith<br />
176 – Ricky Ponting<br />
Sachin Tendulkar, 179<br />
193: Younis Khan</p>
<p>This was the first-ever Test series victory for New Zealand over South Africa. Despite the final superiority of the Kiwis, the youthful South African team performed well, particularly in the second Test. With their points percentage (PCT) increasing to 75, New Zealand has now increased their lead in the World Test Championship points table.</p>