New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test: Kane Williamson hits career-best 251, hailed as ‘GOAT’ by Wasim Jaffer

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson produced a masterclass of an innings on Friday as he hit a double hundred in the ongoing first Test against West Indies in Hamilton.

Williamson brought up his third double hundred in Test cricket with a boundary off Kemar Roach on Day 2 and went on to score a career-best 251 before getting out to Alzarri Joseph that led to New Zealand’s declaration at 519 for 7 in 145 overs.

Williamson, who resumed his knock on 97, bettered his previous best of 242 not out against Sri Lanka at the same venue in 2015. He reached the milestone off 369 balls in 554 minutes in a feat of concentration, technique and application.

New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2: As it happened

The 30-year-old received a lot of praise on social media for his latest knock with former India opener Wasim Jaffer labelling him as the GOAT.

“Pitch was green enough for goats to graze, a GOAT did come and boy did it grace!” Jaffer tweeted.

Williamson was part of four big partnerships – 154 runs for the 2nd wicket with Tom Latham (86), 83 runs for the 3rd wicket with Ross Taylor (38), 72 runs for the 5th wicket with Tom Blundell (14) and 94 runs for the 7th wicket with Kyle Jamieson (51).

West Indies made a strong start in reply, reaching 49 for no loss in 26 overs with openers John Campbell (22 not out) and Kraigg Brathwaite (20 not out) seeing off the opening spells from Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner without much trouble.

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